Computer Science is an area of study that involves computers or computer-related systems. Computer Scientists are responsible for developing solutions and planning, designing, and supporting computer hardware and software systems.
Students in Clark's Computer Science program learn on industry standard technologies and receive hands-on training with experienced faculty.
Computer Science professionals are employed in a variety of industries, which include manufacturing, finance, retail, and gaming.
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In today’s connected world, just about everyone interacts with a computer system. Daily activities that once required in-person assistance can now be completed on a computer. With the continued advancement in technology, the need for trained professionals to create and support these systems grows.
At Clark, students can begin their academic path in Computer Science at a lower cost. Our program provides students with classroom theory that materializes into a one-year project for an integrated learning experience.
Instructors maintain close ties with students and learning institutions to ensure Clark students take only courses necessary to explore transfer options. Many of our students continue to Washington four-year universities, University of Portland, and Oregon State University to earn their bachelor's degree.
For students exploring an academic path in computer science, review our entry guide. This flowchart showcases Clark’s introductory courses in engineering and computer science.
Employment opportunities for Computer Scientists exist in a variety of formats: computer programmer, software developer, information technologist, and computer systems analyst.
According to The U.S Department of Labor, projections forecast jobs in Computer Science growing at a rate of 15%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $70.20 per hour.
Clark’s program offers an Associates in Science Transfer degree (AST2) is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor degree program in computer science. The statistics listed are estimates based on a bachelor’s degree and above.
Computer scientists are responsible for analyzing requirements, planning, developing high-level design, writing, and testing the program that delivers the expected results. Computer scientists may be involved with support and maintenance of the solutions.
Computer scientists are employed in all industries such as manufacturing, finance, service, retail, gaming, and others. Typically, computer scientists work with other professionals in order to develop solutions that meet business and customer requirements.
Computer science specialties include:
- Artificial intelligence
- Computer vision
- Graphics and animation
- Embedded systems
- Operating Systems
- Program languages and compilers
- Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
- Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to analyze technological or scientific problems.
- Apply scientific and technological knowledge and methodologies to creatively solve technological or scientific problems.
- Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
- Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
- Acquire scientific and technological information from appropriate sources to examine issues, claims or situations.
- Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
- Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
- Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
- Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
- Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
- Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
- Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
- Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)