While a practical and valuable skill in its own right, computer science training is also widely applicable to other fields. It’s a great way to sharpen problem-solving abilities, and develop fresh insights into information processing and data management.
Though Oglethorpe has always offered computer science courses, the minor is a recent addition. This exciting offering launched in 2012, and we’re already attracting some majorly talented students. Upper-level students are regularly polled about advanced classes they would like to take, offering students an unusual opportunity to help shape the future of the program as it continues to expand.
Another unique offering is CSC 150 – a two-credit, half-semester introduction to computer science. This class teaches some basic algorithms and programming skills, while also exploring computing’s larger social context (topics include information literacy, intellectual property, and privacy in the digital age). It’s a great introduction for minors and non-minors alike, allowing the CS-curious to get a taste, without an overwhelming workload. Meanwhile, those students with more advanced knowledge can skip ahead to CSC 201, the traditional intro course.
Minor in Computer Science (TU)
When you come right down to it, computer science is all about doing. At Oglethorpe, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hone your skills – and even show them off.
- Each year, students design and conduct independent research projects, which they then present at Oglethorpe’s annual Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium. Past computer science projects have included a data-storing structure for Magic The Gathering™, a Bayesian network to predict soccer match results, and a neural network for classifying medical information.
- Our computer science students are in the process of developing a campus CS/tech start-up group, where entrepreneurial and techy types can brainstorm and bond.
- The program’s emphasis on intellectual creativity is represented by students like Haider Khan ’15, an outstanding programmer who frequently competes in Hackathons – and often wins. Khan ‘s team recently took home a check for $10,000 for their win in a Hackathon project devoted to building mobile payment apps integrated with wearable devices.
Training in computer science is a smart choice for many majors, and a great addition to any resume. Many students who graduate with a few computer science courses under their belts are able to find work as programmers; others have used their computer science training to enhance their skill set and become even more competitive candidates in another field.
- Natural and social science majors frequently find that a minor in computer science enhances their comfort with computational methods, and empowers them to create their own discipline-specific programs, offering a valuable edge in their careers of choice.
- Many computer science minors go on to work for start-ups or find employment in corporate IT. Others pursue further study in computer science, for careers in exciting fields like bioinformatics, human-computer interaction, and cryptography.
- One recent alumnus is now completing a master’s degree in bioinformatics. Another is a senior programmer at an international business.