All indications suggest that the demand for computing professionals is on the rise and will continue to be strong. The Computer Science major prepares you for a career as a computer scientist or software developer with skills and experience in a variety of specializations or tracks. Choose from one of three concentrations to tailor our education to your interest:
- Software Development
- Graphics and Simulation
- Networking and Computer Security
- What is Computer Science Computer Science is a discipline that explores how to use computers to solve real world problems. Computer Scientists create algorithms and write computer programs that help other people do their work more efficiently, understand scientific phenomenon, and make new discoveries that were not possible before the computer age. Chances are, whenever you use an electronic device, a computer scientist wrote the program that controls its behavior.
- Careers in Computer Science So you're interested in computing and think that computer science would be an interesting field to study. Your next question (or your parent's question) is probably about what you'll do after you get your degree. Will you be able to find a job with decent pay? Will it lead to a profitable career? Computer Scientists are in demand! Job opportunities in computing careers are expected to be among the fastest growing through 2014. Computer Scientists are also some of the best paid professionals in the workforce today and typically report high levels of job satisfaction. If you are looking for a career that is exciting, on the cutting edge, and always in demand, Computer Science might be for you!
- Degree Programs
The Computer Science major provides a strong background in the theory and practice of computer science. The program includes a general education component, a math and science component, a computer science core component and electives selected according to the student's chosen area of concentration: Software Development, Graphics and Simulation, and Networking and Computer Security.
Earn While You Learn
Pacific's computer science students earn, on average, $18-20 per hour at paid-internships with industry leaders such as Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, Hewlett Packard, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.
Exceptional Professional Outlook
Starting salaries for Pacific computer science graduates average over $14,000 higher than the national average. Job opportunities in computing careers are expectied to be among the fastest growing through 2014. Computer Scientists are also some of the best paid professionals in the workforce today.
With Pacific's five-year Blended Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program, you can increase your earning potential $10,000 - $12,000 per year. Pacific's Master's Degree Program allows students to begin graduate course work during their senior year at Pacific, completing both degrees in a total of five years!