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Computer Sciences

Computer Sciences

We Prepare Computing Leaders of the Future

The College of the Ozarks Computer Sciences Department prepares students for a successful computing career in programming, website design, systems analysis, and other core Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) specified curricula.

Academic Programs

The Computer Sciences department offers two degrees:

1. Computer Science (CS)
2. Computer Information Science (CIS)

Academically, students pursue a rigorous course of study that includes additional mathematics or business courses on top of computer courses. Both computer science degree programs are designed to supply the theoretical as well as real-world practical skills necessary to meet the diverse and ever-changing challenges of a computer-oriented society.

Below is an explanation of the differences between CS and CIS majors. 

What is Computer Science?

Computer science focuses on the study of programming and the creation of software solutions. With a strong understanding of problem-solving and mathematics, students majoring in computer science may follow a career path that results in the design and development of a software system. For additional information on specific courses, please visit our catalog.

Computer Science is:

  • Problem-solving. Computers are built and programmed to solve many types of problems, from scientific to business applications. Therefore, students must take courses in mathematics to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Analyzing and designing new and improved systems, including everything from operating systems to business systems.
  • The study of how things work inside the computer, computer architectures, and assembly languages.
  • Data communications and networks from an engineering point of view, including the design and building of the World Wide Web.
  • The study of artificial intelligence in order to advance modern computing.
  • The study of how computers have impacted society in the past and how they will impact society in the future.

 

What is Computer Information Science?

Computer Information Science is focused on managing and determining how a software system will benefit those using it and focuses on bringing different applications and tools together to form a whole system. Those wanting to major in CIS are more interested in the relationship between an organization and the data produced by the system.  For additional information on specific courses, please visit our catalog.

Computer Information Science is:

  • First and foremost, problem-solving for strategic business systems. Therefore, students must take courses in business — to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills with an understanding of business issues.
  • Much more than just programming, although programming is a large part of it. An understanding of both technology and business allows Computer Information Science students to facilitate communication between these two groups.
  • The study of how computers have impacted society in the past and how they will impact society in the future.

 

Faculty

The faculty in the College of the Ozarks Computer Science Department have a combined 35+ years of information technology industry experience.

They have been where students are headed after graduation. They can help equip students with technical skill set, problem solving skills, and strategic skills necessary to become leaders in their field.

Feel free to contact the faculty with any questions you may have regarding the CS or CIS programs at College of the Ozarks. Please see their contact information below:

Mrs. Cheri Kembell 
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
ckembell@cofo.edu
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Mr. Caleb Berkstresser
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
cberkstresser@cofo.edu
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Careers

The 2018 graduates of the Computer Sciences department achieved a 100% job placement rate. These students, and others, have gained employment at well-known companies, including but not limited to:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Cerner Corporation
  • FedEx
  • SAIC
  • Netsmart
  • Shoobx
  • Jack Henry & Associates
  • J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
  • American Century Investments

Internships and Work Experience

Internships are encouraged during the four-year program to allow the students to gain industry experience. During the summer of 2018, eleven students from the computer sciences participated in paid summer internships across the country.

Additionally, College of the Ozark’s work program provides students a unique opportunity to gain work experience prior to graduation. Students working in the Computer Center gain real world development skills as well as IT helpdesk experience. Students working in the Computer Science Department are given the opportunity to assist students in learning how to solve real-world problems through programming.

Internships and the work program both provide College of the Ozarks students with substantial opportunities in the future.

Departmental Activities and News

 

Students compete in a 36-hour hackathon

·Page 6

·October 12-14, 2018

 

Senior Project Presentations

·May 9, 2019

·Seniors present their capstone project

 

 


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