The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Why Become a Computer Science Major?

At The Citadel, one can major in Computer Science and can also have minors in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Computer Programming and Management Information Systems.

Why become a computer science major? Computer scientists solve complex problems in the real-world and are in high demand. Computer Science is one of the highest paid college degrees and computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average (www.code.org). Here are ten reasons to major in computing given by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM):

  1. Computing is part of everything we do!
  2. Expertise in computing enables one to solve complex, challenging problems.
  3. Computing enables one to make a positive difference in the world.
  4. Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.
  5. Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.
  6. Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.
  7. Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
  8. Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.
  9. Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation.
  10. Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries.

Bill Gates once said: “Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”

What can one do with a computer science degree? In short, one can create Computer Scientists work in all areas of industry and government providing solutions to complex problems. One can become a software engineer, prevent cybercrime, lead a team of software developers, build apps for tablets and smart-phones, design intelligent databases, develop video games, work in cloud computing, and more.

Where do computer scientists work? Computer Scientists can work at places like Google, Motorola, Apple, Intel, Facebook, General Dynamics, the movies, the FBI, the NSA, and all branches of the United States Armed Forces and more.

What is Cybersecurity? Protecting our data from unauthorized access is a paramount concern for individuals, corporations, and governments. A student who studies cybersecurity at The Citadel will be well prepared to prevent and defend against cyberattacks and to ensure the availability of data and services to authorized users.

The Citadel offers several courses in cybersecurity for computer science majors and also for non-computer science majors. The Citadel also offers a minor in cybersecurity, the content for which is based on national training standards for information security professionals, as recommended by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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