“It’s a world without rules or controls, borders or boundaries…a world where anything is possible.” – The Matrix
Be like Sherlock.
No, I’m not trying to pitch you on a criminal justice degree, which is, I’m sure, very interesting.. I’m talking about computer science. One of your main tasks - next to coding - will be problem solving. Debugging. You will go on a quest to find the broken piece, the typo, the bad boy who messes with your software, messes with your head, messes with YOU. I’m talking about the science of problem solving. As a computer science major, you must be adept at modeling and analyzing problems. You will have to design solutions and verify that they are correct. You’ll be hunched over your keyboard until the early morning hours. You’ll need a skillset consisting of precision, patience, creativity, and careful reasoning. Ran Libeskind-Hadas, the computer science department chair at Harvey Mudd College noticed an increasing “enthusiasm to contribute something meaningful to society and do ‘cool’ things” among his students. Yep, being a geek is cool in today’s world.
Computer science is a discipline that spans theory and practice. You might need to think outside the box, in abstract terms as well as in concrete terms. Whether you already have a fascination with computers and programming or you’re simply toying with the idea of learning code, computer science could be the degree path for you. Computer technologies are becoming an integral part of all industries. There are growing opportunities for those with computer science degrees to contribute in the success and daily operations of nearly every industry. Earning a computer science degree will allow you to join the ranks of this fast-developing industry and may provide you access to the growing demand of computer science. A degree in computer science can be obtained from many traditional colleges and schools as well as the possibility of online degrees and courses.
Stanford University is another big name institution that provides students the opportunity to make an impact in the world. The School of Engineering is home to nine departments, more than 240 faculty, and more than 4,000 students. They believe that “engineering should solve human problems – not just technical ones.” Whether it’s climate change, overpopulation, or network security, Stanford takes on the toughest challenges of the 21st century and asks, “What can we do about it?” Stanford answers this question with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and a general multidisciplinary approach. The school also offers a Computer Forum, offering industries the option to learn about the professional abilities and interests of Stanford students through its active recruiting program. More than 60 companies located in Silicon Valley, the rest of the U.S., Europe, and Asia are members of this cooperative venture.
As one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning, University of California Berkeley, or better known as Cal, sure has something to offer. An excellent faculty, educational opportunities, and close proximity to the California high-tech economy definitely have to be factored in. As the website states: “This close proximity to the latest and coolest technologies enlivens our curriculum, provides many research and summer job opportunities for our students, and makes this a very exciting place to study electrical engineering and computer sciences.” With two different undergraduate degrees from two different colleges (the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences offered by the College of Engineering and the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the College of Letters & Science) UC Berkeley stands out among other institutions. And if you want to further your education even more, EECS’s graduate programs are also among the best in the nation.
University of California-San Diego offers 3 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 704 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 412 Bachelor's degrees, 267 Master's degrees, and 25 Doctoral degrees.
University of California-Irvine offers 3 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 661 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 568 Bachelor's degrees, 69 Master's degrees, and 24 Doctoral degrees.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering boasts current enrollment of 2,700 undergraduate and 5,600 graduate students. The University of Southern California takes pride in being “innovative, elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research, and commercialization that are firmly rooted in real world needs.” Whether you're a first year, senior, or graduate student - it's never too late to start! A variety of courses, designed to introduce you to computer science and programming, make it obvious that we live in an exciting time to study this major. Choose from four bachelor’s degree programs or a variety of master’s degree programs to support students in exploring all the challenges this disciplines has to offer. Stay up to date! By subscribing to the CS Job Announcements mailing list, you will receive information regarding on-campus and off-campus jobs and internships in your field.
University of California-Santa Barbara offers 3 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 167 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 112 Bachelor's degrees, 43 Master's degrees, and 12 Doctoral degrees.
University of California-Santa Cruz offers 3 Computer Science degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 607 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 559 Bachelor's degrees, 30 Master's degrees, and 18 Doctoral degrees.
California State University-Fullerton offers 2 Computer Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 329 Computer Science students graduated with students earning 246 Bachelor's degrees, and 83 Master's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Stanford University Stanford, CA||11 : 1||17,249|
|University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA||24 : 1||43,185|
|University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA||28 : 1||38,736|
|University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA||26 : 1||36,908|
|University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA||22 : 1||48,321|
|University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA||24 : 1||26,314|
|University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA||29 : 1||19,494|
|Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA||8 : 1||904|
|San Diego State University San Diego, CA||37 : 1||35,544|
|California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA||40 : 1||40,445|
|San Jose State University San Jose, CA||42 : 1||36,085|
|California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA||36 : 1||38,674|
|California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona, CA||44 : 1||28,058|
|University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA||23 : 1||10,636|
|University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA||26 : 1||25,547|
|California State University-Chico Chico, CA||32 : 1||17,110|
|San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA||33 : 1||29,032|
|California State University-San Marcos San Marcos, CA||41 : 1||16,053|
|Pomona College Claremont, CA||7 : 1||1,637|
|California State University-East Bay Hayward, CA||42 : 1||16,064|