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Computer Science

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Academic Information:


What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is the systematic study of computing systems and computation. The body of knowledge resulting from this discipline contains theories for understanding computing systems and methods; design methodology, algorithms, and tools; methods for the testing of concepts; methods of analysis and verification; and knowledge representation and implementation.


Career Information


Typical Job Titles

  • Air-traffic controller
  • Actuary
  • Stockbroker
  • Architect
  • Technical illustrator
  • Computer analyst
  • Data processing manager
  • Data reduction analyst
  • Securities trader/banking
  • Director of vital statistics
  • Engineering analyst
  • Environmental planner
  • Fund raiser
  • Information scientist
  • Management trainee
  • Market research analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Purchasing agent
  • Dir. of institutional research
  • Computer applications engineer
  • Accountant; budget, cost sys.
  • Statistician- applied, mathematical
  • Airplane navigator
  • Budget officer
  • Teacher/college
  • Demographer
  • Draftsman
  • Financial analyst
  • Insurance agent/broker
  • Mathematical technician

Typical Places of Employment

  • Banks, Savings/Commercial
  • Weather bureaus and companies
  • Business corporations
  • Agriculture Department
  • College and schools
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Educational institutions
  • Consumer Affairs Commission
  • Insurance companies
  • Defense Department
  • Investment firms
  • General Accounting Office
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Management & Budget Office
  • Professional journals
  • Research & development firms
  • National Science Foundation
  • Securities & Exchange Comm.
  • Test development corporations
  • Treasury Department


Required Skills and Abilities

  • Performing ambiguous tasks
  • Doing scientific or laboratory work
  • Working independently
  • Solving problems through thinking
  • Work independently and in teams  
  • Advanced Quantitative Abilities
  • Statistical Analysis    
  • Designing Systems
  • Written and oral communication skills    
  • Marketing concepts
  • Research  
  • Classifying / Systemizing
  • Efficiency    
  • Systematic
  • Critical Thinking    
  • JavaScript
  • Conducting research and analyses
  • Collecting and organizing data
  • Working on projects that require attention to detail
  • Teamwork is critical
  • Abstract and Formal Reasoning
  • Programming Language Concepts
  • Knowledge of Operating Systems    
  • Multi-tasking
  • Testing    
  • Analyzing
  • Mathematical Skills  
  • Problem-solving
  • Organizing / Simplifying    
  • Logical Thinking
  • Detail-oriented    
  • Thoroughness


Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

-Craig Adams - Forest Hill MD 21050 - URS - Project Engineering Manager
-Matthew Heusser - Allegan MI 49010- Excelon - Development Principal Consultant
-Megan Hildenberger - Lexington Park MD 20653 - DCS Corporation - Software Engineer III
-Rose Mooney - Hunt Valley MD 21030- AAI/ Textron - Director of Engineering
-David Phillips - Microsoft - Program Manager/ Director
-Coretta Pressley - Fourt Meade MD 20755- National Security Agency - Project Director
-Johnathan Tarr - Salisbury MD 21801 - Perdue Farms, Inc. - Project Lead
-Matthew Thorne - Wilmington DE 19806 - J.P. Morgan - Application Developer


Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field

Professional Associations:

Here is a list of Associations, Organizations and Govt. agencies that are of interest to computer scientists:

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