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Title: Department of Computer Science


1
Department of Computer Science
  • Undergraduate Degree Program

2
Overview
Main points
  1. Computer Science is a good career choice
  2. The Kent State University Department of Computer
    Science provides excellent preparation for a
    career in Computer Science

3
Computer Science vs. Management Information
Science
  • Computer science is programming intensive
  • Involves
  • system architecture
  • software engineering
  • application programming
  • hardware
  • theory
  • Information Technology is organization related
    applications
  • business related
  • organizational automation

4
Careers Graduating Bachelors
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Administration
  • Database Programming
  • Internet Engineering
  • Web Development
  • Systems Administration
  • Network Administration
  • Information Technology

5
Job Prospects in CS
  • Dot-com bust did not reduce the demand
  • Outsourcing is mainly in lower level help desk
    jobs. More jobs are being created
  • Job prospects are very bright
  • 2004-2014, 71 of new jobs in science and
    engineering will be for computer specialists
  • 59 of new jobs plus net replacements
  • US universities will graduate half this amount

6
New Jobs Labor Department
US Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2005
7
Job Prospects ( New Replacement )?
59
US Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2005
8
Job Demand Growth
  • Computer Science graduates are in top 5 of demand
    market (CNN)?
  • U.S. Department of Labor Projected to be top 5
    fastest growing occupations (46 over next 10
    years)?
  • CNN Money says Software Engineer is best job in
    US
  • 2700 Software development jobs are currently
    unfilled in Northeast Ohio (Northeast Ohio
    Workforce Report)?

9
Employment and Salaries
  • 75 alumni in Ohio companies such as
  • Progressive Insurance, NASA Lewis, Goodyear,
    Cisco Systems, Hitachi Medical, Davey Tree, Fed
    Ex, Ernst Young, Philips Medical, Sherwin
    Williams, National City Bank, Key Corp, Procter
    and Gamble, Lexis-Nexis, Bell and Howell
  • Multinational companies such as IBM, Intel
  • National labs
  • NASA, Oakridge and Lawrence Livermore
  • Average Starting Salary 50K (2006)
  • Earning range 60K - 90K

10
KSU CS Degree Programs
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Web Design and Programming
  • Master of Science with thesis option
  • Master of Science with course only option
  • Doctor of Philosophy

11
KSU CS Department Ranking
  • National ranking top 60 CS departments
  • State ranking top three CS departments
  • Best in the Northeast Ohio
  • Largest faculty
  • Many courses are offered
  • Industrial internship is part of the curriculum
  • One of the four CS departments in Ohio funded by
    Ohio Board of Regents
  • 100 employment of our graduates

12
CS Undergraduate Curriculum
  • Aligns with the current ACM IEEE-CS curriculum
    guidelines
  • Keeps up with latest industry demands
  • through senior year elective courses
  • through internships
  • ACM IEEE-CS are major professional
    organizations that provide curriculum guidelines
    for computing programs

13
Focus of BS Program
  • Integration of theory and system perspective of
    computer and software development
  • Solid emphasis on software development
  • Provide solid foundation essential to keep pace
    with rapid change in evolving field
  • Keep up with the changing market demands
  • Incorporation of new emerging areas through
  • senior level elective optional courses
  • project oriented courses
  • internships in industries

14
Flexible Course Structure
  • Students take electives in junior/senior years
    based upon their interest
  • Minors in other fields can broaden a student's
    perspectives and marketability
  • bioinformatics and biotechnology
  • web development and graphics
  • mathematics
  • business administration

15
Teaching and Advising
  • Interactive classes around 25 students
  • Programming courses taught by Professors/Lecturers
  • Coordinators for entry level courses
  • Continuous monitoring and assessment of entry
    level courses for better coordination
  • Graduate students help with labs/ entry level
    courses
  • Junior / Senior level courses taught by
    Professors
  • Evening courses for part-time students
  • Opportunity for undergraduate research experience
    at junior and senior level
  • Professional advisors for undergraduate students

16
Work/Study Opportunities during BS
  • Internships in industries organized through
    department
  • Summer internships in national labs such as
  • NASA Lewis, Oak Ridge, and Lawrence Livermore
  • Part time employment in local companies
  • Work study programs in local industries

17
BS Student Research Experience
  • An Individual Study course allows students to
    work on projects with professors for elective
    credit
  • Many opportunities for undergraduate involvement
    in faculty research projects
  • Combined Bachelors/Masters program
  • time savings of one or two terms

18
Faculty Research Project Areas
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics and application to biotechnology
  • Cluster computing
  • Computer graphics and game Design
  • Database and data mining
  • Image processing
  • Internet application
  • Multimedia and programming languages
  • Networking, Internet Engineering, and
    distributed sensor networks
  • Software engineering
  • Parallel distributed systems,
  • Visualization
  • Web based education

19
Scholarships
  • Scholarships for qualified Ohio students
  • STEM scholarship for undergraduate research
    experience
  • OBR scholarship for BS/MS students

20
Cost Effectiveness of CS Program
  • In state tuition is half of private colleges
  • Low tuition fee for 12 or more credit hours
  • 1 - 10 credit hours 384 / credit hour
  • 11 and above fixed amount of 4215 / semester
  • Best CS department in northeast Ohio with
    in-state tuition
  • Credit transfer within NE Ohio universities
  • Transfer from two year colleges possible

21
Student Body
  • Undergraduate majors 250
  • Graduation rates (Bachelors) 35/year
  • Most students are full-time (traditional) and
    come from NE Ohio
  • Masters students 100
  • Doctoral students 40

22
Department Faculty Staff
  • Professors 19 (largest in NE Ohio)
  • nationally and international known
  • some with industrial experience
  • Lecturers 3
  • university wide teaching award winning
    instructors
  • Graduate teaching assistants 20
  • Adjuncts 5
  • Systems staff 3
  • Office staff 3

23
Department and Facilities
  • Three instructional labs with 25 computers each
  • Class rooms equipped with projectors
  • Gigabit network speed
  • Faculty offices equipped with computers
  • All Faculty research labs have latest state of
    art computers

24
BS Degree Requirements - 1
  • Foundation Courses - 5
  • Introduction to Computer Science (4)?
  • Discrete Structures for Computer Science (3)?
  • Computer Science I Programming Problem Solving
    (4)?
  • Computer Science II Data Structures
    Abstraction (3)?
  • Computer Architecture (3)?
  • Mathematics Courses - 3
  • Calculus I (5)?
  • Calculus II (5)?
  • Linear Algebra (3)?

25
BS Degree Requirements - 2
  • Core Upper Division Courses 8
  • Operating Systems (3)?
  • Structure of Programming Languages (3)?
  • Social Ethical Issues (3)?
  • Algorithms (3)?
  • Networks (3)?
  • Databases (3)?
  • Software Engineering (3)?
  • Capstone Project (4)?
  • CS Electives Courses 5 X 3 credit hours
  • Electives can be new selected topics courses to
    reflect latest industry demand and new emerging
    areas

26
40000-Level Electives
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automata Theory
  • Bioinformatics
  • Compilers
  • Computer architecture
  • Game programming
  • Graphics
  • Human Computer Interfaces
  • Information Security
  • Internet Engineering
  • Internship
  • Numerical Computing
  • Systems Administration
  • Systems Programming
  • VLSI Design
  • Web design Programming
  • Special Topics
  • And others.

27
BS Prerequisite Structure
70 credits in Major College requirements
28
Student Activities in the Department
  • Very active ACM student chapter
  • organizes seminars from industry
  • teaches popular courses such as Unix and Linux
  • ACM programming competition
  • IGDA local chapter

29
For More Information
  • See our web page
  • www.cs.kent.edu
  • Email ugradinfo_at_cs.kent.edu
  • Phone 330-672-9102

30
References
BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook Ohio Labor
Market Information NorTech Technology Workforce
Report (pdf)? Money Magazine Sorfware
Engineering Article
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