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Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Computer Science is 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 and graduate student a rich mix of 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. 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.

Undergraduate study in Computer Science at CSUSM 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, systems analysis, and software engineering, as well as for entrance into graduate and professional schools.

The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at CSUSM are to produce graduates who, within three or five years after graduation, are able to:

1. Be engaged in professional practice as innovative problem solvers with a strong work ethic;
2. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a team member and/or leader in an ever-changing professional environment; and
3. Continue their life-long learning such as progressing through an advanced degree or certification in programs in computing, science, engineering, business, and other professionally related fields.