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Computer Science Department


Computer Science is an interest area 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 studying Computer Science at Clark learn on industry standard technologies and receive hands-on training with experienced faculty.

Computer Science professionals are employed in a variety of industries that include manufacturing, finance, retail, and gaming.

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Start Your Computer Science Degree at Clark

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. 

Career Opportunities 

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 offers an Associate 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.