Computer Science, BS
Fewer than 50 years ago, an entire room of computer equipment was required to accomplish the basic functions of today's smartwatch. The advances in hardware could not have been possible without tandem advancements in the methods and theories applied to analyzing, organizing, and capitalizing on information. From app development to advanced theoretical mathematics, computer scientists influence the future course of the global river of data.
The computer science department offers a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Applied Computer Science, with concentrations in bioinformatics, geography, computer game design, and software engineering. Students interested in pursuing either of these degrees should come prepared, with a solid foundation in mathematics and a willingness to be challenged intellectually. Find out which is right for you by checking the sample schedules under Related Links.
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Students who major in Computer Science can expect to launch successful careers in industry, government, financial services, game design, in higher education, or as entrepreneurs. Many current students work part-time for government contracting companies, small businesses. They also collaborate with faculty on research projects and take advantage of the opportunity to have their scholarly work published before graduation.
Known for teaching excellence, the Computer Science Department faculty have won University-wide awards for course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring. In 2015 tech giant Google awarded a three-year, $900K grant to the department for its Self-Paced Learning Increases Retention and Capacity (SPARC) project. Students in introductory Computer Science classes benefit from active-learning strategies, and flipped classrooms as they work at their own pace in teams with faculty facilitators.
Extra curricular opportunities abound for computer science students as they may participate in robotics programming for competition (RoboPatriots), the Student Run Computing and Technology (SRCT- pronounced circuit), Patriot Hackers, Game Analysis and Design Interest Group (GADIG), and more.
Computer Science is one of the most popular majors for undergraduates at George Mason University.