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B.S. Computer Science

Computer Science is basically the study of problem solving on computers. We utilize the power of computers in the problem solving process while dealing with the constraints of computers. We offer to the undergraduate a rich mix of pure and modern Computer Science courses. Common to these offerings are the power, beauty, and utility of computational thought.

Applications of Computer Science knowledge include almost every field from business to education, from humanities to social sciences, or from natural sciences to engineering. Therefore, the study of Computer Science contains many fields such as computer architecture, programming languages, computer networking, database systems, information management, artificial intelligence and numerical analysis.

The Cal State San Marcos undergraduate study in Computer Science emphasizes both theoretical foundations and practical applications. Students will learn algorithms, data structures, software design, the concepts of programming languages, computer organization, and computer architecture. The program stresses analysis and design experiences with substantial laboratory work, including software development.

The Computer Science major prepares students for careers in applications programming, system analysis, and software engineering, as well as for entrance into graduate and professional schools.

The Computer Information Systems option emphasizes data processing and programming to solve business-related problems. Being housed in the Computer Science Department, this option emphasizes solid technical knowledge of software and hardware.