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Computer Science Program

Computer Science

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2014-2015 University Catalog - Computer Science

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Fortune 500 Companies
  • Local and Regional Software Development Firms
  • Government agencies
  • Banks
  • Research
  • Paid Internshiips with Local, Regional, and National Firms

PLAN OF STUDY

Computer Science - Enterprise Systems Track (B.S.)
Computer Science - Mechanical Engineering Track (B.S.)
Computer Science - Software Engineering Track (B.S.)

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Algorithmic thinking – how to logically and correctly design a process to solve problems in math, science, finance, communications, medical diagnostics, operating systems, programming languages, mobile app development – particularly Android, and many other areas
  • How abstraction is the essence of computer science and software engineering
  • Software development for mobile devices, device controllers, Intel hardware, large-scale commercial hardware
  • How to solve big problems by decomposing them into smaller problems
  • Programming languages such as assembler, C, C++, C#, COBOL, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, Ruby and shell scripting
  • Operating systems Mac OS/X, Linux, z/OS, iOS, Android, MINIX, and Microsoft Windows
  • Develop a wide range of software
  • Communicate professionally, both in person and in writing
  • Proficiency in mathematical skills necessary for analysis of software performance
  • Be prepared to accept employment in a wide range of software development pursuits
  • Be prepared for graduate study in Computer Science and Software Engineering

DEGREE OPTIONS/FUTURE ACADEMIC PATHS

Graduates are awarded a B.S. in Computer Science.  Students may emphasize one of these options:

  • Software Engineering
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Computer Science with Mechanical Engineering focus
  • A minor in Mathematics

Graduate Students may also find similar academic interests in:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Technology
  • Business Administration

CAREER CLOSE-UP

Computer Software Engineers - Applications

Median wage (TX) - $91,710
Median wage (US) - $92,080

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

Median wage (TX) - $76,420
Median wage (US) - $76,560

Source:  Myplan.com, LLC; Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Prerequisites

  • Mathematics to solve problems.
  • Enthusiastically embrace challenging problems
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Logical thinking and persistence in solving problems
  • Desire to have impact on the future of technology

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Because WT's Computer Science was developed under the IBM Initiative they have access to the latest high performance computing and latest technology.
  • WT is the FIRST University in the world to deploy IBM's hardware and OS emulators in the student labs.
  • WT has competed in the international contest IBM - Master the Main Frame for the past five years.  WT students have earned two - third place finishes, one - second place finish, and one - first place finish.  In five years of competition WT has placed more students in the TOP one percent than any other university in the world.

PROGRAM COSTS

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