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A Career Guide for the Computer Science Major


Computer Science graduates generally start their professional careers as programmers or in positions providing technical support to computer users. Positions are available in almost any company that develops its own software or has a large number of personal computers or workstations. A student planning to major in Computer Science should realize that it is a technical discipline. The student should enjoy problem solving and detailed analytical work. A strong background in mathematics is very desirable.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Working with ideas
  • Problem solving
  • Designing software/hardware programs
  • Computer games
Aptitudes
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Ability to break complex problems down into their component parts
  • Logical thinking
  • Multi-task oriented
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Ability to work with peers and to critique and be critiqued without getting personal
  • Good verbal/written communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Good concentration skills

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The FAU program for a Bachelor's degree requires a total of 120 credits. Students take courses in computer programming languages and programming techniques, computer hardware, operating systems, theory of computing, computer applications, and mathematics. These courses make up more than half of these credits in the program.

At the lower division, in addition to the general education requirements, students take introductory programming, one year of calculus, one year of physics with calculus, and one additional science course.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Computer Science graduates:

Systems Programmer
Systems Administrator
Applications Programmer
Software Engineer
Programmer/Analyst
Database Programmer
Telecommunications Programmer

FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

College of Engineering & Computer Science
Boca Raton Campus, Science & Engineering Building Room 308, (SE 308)
561-297-2680

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Boca Raton Campus, Science & Engineering Building Room 300, (SE 300)
561-297-3855


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.

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