This program is offered by the Computer Science Department
This program has been designed to address the needs of transfer students since it is possible to complete all requirements in as few as four semesters. Compared to the Honors program, the Alternative program does not require as many courses in Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, and other sciences. This program also may be a good fit for students who are switching their major to Computer Science after their freshman or sophomore year. A minor is required for this major.
To me the most valuable part of being a CS major at CCSU was opportunity - to ask professors for help during or outside of class; to be challenged by a difficult yet rewarding course list; to meet new students and hear about trending topics through the CS club; to learn about possible careers and then have the chance to interview with employers at the tech career fairs; and even to get to pull an all-nighter doing a Hackathon with your class buddies - i.e. to have fun. These are some of the few opportunities made available by the CS department, and having done all of the above, I would highly encourage anyone interested to seize the opportunity by joining the program.
The Computer Science & Information program at CCSU is filled with the most dedicated and passionate faculty. The professors and staff provide the help and opportunity for every student to succeed. The skills I obtained gave me a competitive edge in the industry and I was able to secure a development position before graduation. I'm grateful and proud to call myself an alumnus of the program.
Computer Science Alternative degree provides its graduates with a solid foundation for gainful employment in the software industry. This program provides students with a broad range of critical skills in the areas demanded by the software industry, including software development, computer security, networking, databases, artificial intelligence, and many others. Students typically graduate from this program with a handful of employment offers from leading companies including Aetna, United Technologies, Cigna, Travellers, and Optum. In 2017, starting salaries offered to our graduates exceeded $85,000, along with signing bonuses of $10,000 to $15,000.