The Computer Science
major is a department within the College
of Integrated Science & Engineering.
Admission and Progression Standards for this major:
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Computer Science is offered as a major and minor at JMU. The Computer Science Program helps students prepare for careers writing and changing the computer programs that control so many devices in modern society and that are essential for running governments and businesses. Students study
such topics as networks and the Internet, computer operating systems, database systems, artificial intelligence, and computer security. Students are exposed to and
interact with the many computing technologies used by today's professionals and they learn how to use these
technologies to solve real‑world problems. They develop the skills to analyze problems, to design
solutions, to implement solutions using multiple computing technologies, to test and install those
solutions, and to communicate those solutions to others in written and verbal presentations. The Computer Science Program also offers a minor in Telecommunications and has a certificate program in Information Security in cooperation with the National Security Agency.
me more about this major.
Computers now control almost every device in our homes and businesses, and virtually every organization relies on computers to store, retrieve, process, and distribute data and information. Software control computers. Hence the people who develop and maintain software play a central role in our society, ultimately controlling our world and affecting everyone in it. A degree in Computer Science is the ticket to a career in the field of software, where important work is done every day using technology that is always changing at a rapid pace. Computing professionals are in high demand and are well paid: Computer Science graduate starting salaries are consistently among the highest of all programs on campus. The curriculum consists of a first year focused on fundamental programming skills using the Java programming language, and basic mathematics. During the second year students learn about software design methodologies and development processes, the organization of computer hardware, and low-level software design techniques. During the last two years students learn about particular application areas, such as operating systems, networking systems, database systems, and programming languages and systems, as well exploring elective fields such as multimedia programming, web development, software engineering, computer forensics, and information security.
me more about specializations in this field.
Computer science is the study of computers and computational systems including their theory, design, development, and application. Principal areas within computer science include artificial intelligence, systems programming, computer security, database systems, numerical analysis, programming languages, software engineering, and theory of computing. Computer science incorporates concepts from mathematics, engineering, art and psychology. In artificial intelligence, specialized techniques are applied to particular problems, such as robot behavior or removing noise from camera images. In the field of systems programming, the focus is placed on writing programs to control the parts of a computer or connecting a variety of computers together in a network. Computer security is the study of ways to prevent computers from causing harm when under human control, and involves efforts to prevent intruders from taking over or crashing computers, and protecting data from unauthorized access or corruption. Database systems establish or maintain databases of information such as employee records, library catalogs, or satellite data, and develop code to retrieve and display the results. Numerical analysis focuses on scientific computing and applications programming, with an emphasis on processing scientific data rapidly and accurately. Programming languages is the study of the principles governing and the techniques for designing and implementing the artificial languages people use to control computers. Software engineering is the study of the way that large programs are created by teams of people who determine what the program should do, design, and code the software to do it, test the software, document it for users and other engineers, and ultimately deliver a high quality product to customers on time and within budget. Theory of computing investigates the nature and limitations of computers, the time and space (computer memory) needed to solve computational problems, and the formal properties of artificial languages.
common major or minor combinations from other departments
complement this major?
The most common combinations of majors and minors with Computer Science are Mathematics, Media Arts and Design (SMAD), Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), Art, and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (WRTC). Other combinations are usually easily done because the Computer Science major does not require a very large number of credits.
OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
Individuals successful in this field tend to be logical,
creative thinkers willing to learn the technical
aspects of computing. They possess analytical, organizational
and problem solving skills. They are patient, persistent,
and accurate, and adapt well to changing problems and situations.
Most graduates choose typical career paths associated with this major, usually beginning as entry-level programmers or customer support personnel, and subsequently moving into positions as requirements developers, software architects, software testers, and often development team managers. However, some graduates choose unrelated careers that utilize skills and experiences developed during their years in college. Keep in mind that some fields will require graduate study or further training. The listing below offers examples of possible career paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.