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1 Computer Science at the University of Portland

2 Choosing your major Skills Interest Opportunities

3 What is computer science? Senior design projects Career opportunities Courses for spring Resources Presentation outline

4 CS is the study of the storage, transformation, and transfer of information. The field includes algorithms and practical problems involved in their implementation in software and hardware. (The Linux Information Project) What is computer science? Information in Information out Automated Process

5 CS is everywhere

6 Lots of areas Medical IS Personal health Biology Investing Simulation Education Business Gaming Security Fraud detection Robotics, process control Engineering design Weather prediction Language translation Power grid management Human-Computer interaction

7 Acoustic Art – 2010 – 2011 Members: Matthew Clark, Jay Davis, Kyle Kearney, Vincent Tilanus Used digital images to compose music Deadly Game – Members: Tom Aaro, Fenton Radford, Cory Swanson Built an Xbox 360 free form fighting game – Brawl Stars AdviseUP – 2011 – 2012 / 2012 – 2013 Members: Sam Burich, Kapua Chandler, Chris Lewis; Kekai Ariola, Eric Bergquist, Megan Yamamoto Created web-based app to assist with advising at UP Theatre Lighting System – 2012 – 2013 Members: Kelsey Abe, Ben Gadbois, Michael Liedtke, Tim Yandl Created a laptop-based application to allow theatres to design and edit lighting cues, and to control theatre lights during a performance. Micromouse– 2013 – 2014 Members: Devon Griggs, Devin Helmgren, Emilia Holbik, Janel Raab Created an autonomous robot to navigate a maze (joint EE and CS project). CS senior design project examples

8 Create new technology to make a positive difference in the world Be creative – high-quality solutions require innovation and creativity Be collaborative and be an individual – software and hardware are designed and built by teams, with room for individual project tasks Fun and satisfying with immediate feedback Why study computer science? (Yes, you will need to know how to write programs.) (Take advantage of the EGR110 project: be creative in programming the Mindstorms robot and/or arduino.)

9 Software engineer Web developer Software test engineer Program manager Information technology specialist (may want Operations and Technology Management major) Database administrator Computer security Graduate school Teacher Lawyer Entrepreneur Writer Researcher Medical doctor (need to satisfy pre-med courses) (others, too) Career paths

10 Employment projections 2010 to 2020 (US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

11 Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Science Foundation

12 National median salary for CS jobs (NACE Salary Survey, 2013) National average starting salary for CS: $59,977

13 Best Jobs 2014 – based on job prospects and job satisfaction (US News and World Report) #1 Software Developer #2 Computer Systems Analyst #9 Web Developer #11 Information Security Analyst #12 Database Administrator #18 Civil Engineer #19 Mechanical Engineer #24 IT Manager

14 I want to major in CS: CS 203 / 273 MTH 202 PHY 205 / 275 Core course (15 credits) I am unsure about majoring in engineering or CS: MTH 202 PHY 205 / 275 CHM 207 / 277 EGR 111 (you will get to see programming in Matlab) Core course (17 credits) I want to major in EE and minor in CS: CS 203 / 273 (move CHM 207 / 277 to fall semester of sophomore year if there are seats in CS 203 / 273 in spring of first year) MTH 202 PHY 205 / 275 EGR 111 Core course (17 credits) I want to major in ME or CE and minor in CS: Take the courses to the left (17 credits) Take CS 203 / 273 fall of sophomore year What to take this spring (typical schedules)

15 CS major at UP (a standalone CS major has 14 professional or general electives) With Mathematics: Math minor comes with no additional credits, as long as you choose your electives correctly. CS/Math double-major comes with no additional credits, as long as you choose your electives correctly. CS major: no programming experience expected With Electrical Engineering: CS/EE double-major can be done with 25 additional credits, as long as you choose your electives correctly.

16 Complement another major Computational skills are important for many professionals Add to skill-set, more and more products have embedded software systems – 21 st -century engineering jobs will increasingly require knowledge of computing Minor is 18 credits – EE majors, can get CS minor 2 additional credits – CE/ME majors can get CS minor for 9 additional credits CS minor at UP

17 Watch videos from alumni and students on your own (depicts all majors) Read blogs about summer internships (all majors): Go to top of page to Student Blogs menu.

18 Shiley School of Engineering Computer Science Program at UP EECS Senior Design Projects Faculty: Resources about CS at UP Tanya Crenshaw, rm 220 Andrew Nuxoll, rm 217 Tammy VanDeGrift, rm 230 Steven Vegdahl, rm 218 Karen Ward, rm 221

19 Computing Careers Website, Association for Computing Machinery Sloan Career Cornerstone Center The Computing Research Association University of Washington CS Videos Engineering Go For It Why everyone should learn to code: Resources about the computing profession

20 Bureau of Labor Statistics US News Best Jobs (Software Developer) Resources about career opportunities


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