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Computer Science is the study of the design, theory and programming of the computer system. Software developers and systems software engineers often study computer science or computer information systems.
The Computer Science program gives students an understanding of the problem-solving techniques used to program the computer as well as an understanding of the principles that govern the conceptual organization of the computer system and its processes. The program emphasizes the mathematical and scientific components of programming.
According to the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment in the field of computer science and related professions is expected to grow 30% through 2020. Job prospects should be best for those with a bachelor's degree and relevant experience.
Demand for computer software engineers will increase as computer networking continues to grow. For example, expanding Internet technologies have spurred demand for computer software engineers who can develop Internet, intranet, and World Wide Web applications. Likewise, electronic data-processing systems in business, telecommunications, healthcare, government, and other settings continue to become more sophisticated and complex. Implementing, safeguarding, and updating computer systems and resolving problems will fuel the demand for growing numbers of systems software engineers.
In addition, information security concerns have given rise to new software needs. Concerns over "cyber security" should result in the continued investment in software that protects computer networks and electronic infrastructure. The expansion of this technology over the next 10 years will lead to an increased need for software engineers to design and develop secure applications and systems, and to integrate them into older systems.
Prof. Jerome Brown
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