Computer Science

For more information contact:
Dr. Karen Arlien • Jack Science Center 201H • 701-224-5501

Program Description
Computer Science is a science of problem solving. The BSC Computer Science program helps students master the basic skills needed to analyze a problem and design, implement, and verify a correct solution to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry. Students also receive an extensive education in computer program design practicing a variety of high-level programming languages such as Java, Visual Basic, and C++, as well as technology troubleshooting experience.
BSC offers a suggested curriculum to build a strong foundation in computer program design. Courses in calculus, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics form part of the core study. Instruction also emphasizes development of critical thinking and communication skills.

Successful computer science students possess these qualities: strong mathematics background, knowledge of computers, logical and critical thinking, good organizational, problem-solving and troubleshooting skills, and ability to work independently and/or as part of a team. They are inquisitive, able to adapt to change, detail oriented, and excellent communicators. Ongoing education and training in advancing technology is necessary through one's career.

Helpful high school preparation includes taking any available computer and mathematics courses. Dual credit options between BSC and a student's high school may be available.

Program Requirements
Students completing the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree.

Graduates can typically enroll in a transfer school at the junior level to pursue computer science topics such as software engineering, computer graphics, game development, multimedia, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, operating systems, or database management systems. The options are continually growing due to advances in technology.

BSC has a cooperative agreement with Dickinson State University that allows students to complete the Associate in Science at BSC and continue with a bachelor's degree in computer science on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution as early as possible and modify BSC suggested curriculum where necessary.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities
Computer Science graduates can find work in all sectors of the economy, including business, energy, aerospace, government, health care, agriculture, research and teaching, to name a few. A computer scientist has nearly unlimited opportunity to find work in the technology industry. Jobs can be found in development, design, management, programming, and a host of other areas.

Possible career opportunities are computer systems analyst, management information processing, software engineer, computer scientist, game developer, database administrator, programmer, software developer, network and computer systems administrator, information security analyst, computer hardware engineer, computer/information research scientist, computer/information systems manager, operations research
analyst, Web developer, technical writer.