The job market is excellent for computer science. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, seven of the ten fastest growing occupations over the next decade will be in the computer science and information technology field. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, software engineer was ranked No. 1 and computer systems analyst was ranked No. 9 in a list of the best jobs. The computer science major has lucrative careers that have the opportunity for creativity and innovation.
The computer science and information systems department offers its graduates a common foundation for analysis, design and development of computer and information systems within two major options. The first option is computer science and the second is information systems.
- Computer science option: a technical and theoretical emphasis that provides students comprehensive understanding of software engineering, computing techniques and the underlying theories.
- Information systems option: provides the analysis and design with an emphasis on managing, storing, transmitting, and providing ready access to information.
As part of the UW-River Falls computer science program, graduates will gain skills in solving complex and challenging problems, application design and development, computer networking, information systems design and development and management and leadership in order to lead teams collaboratively through a wide range of projects.
“Enrolling in the CSIS Department at River Falls has been the best decision of my life. Having transferred from a large school, it is amazing how much of a difference it makes having smaller class sizes. I am able to interact one-on-one with my professors and my professors make an effort to not only to get to know my name, but to get to know me as a person. Having this student-professor relationship has presented me with many career-oriented opportunities that I don’t think would have been possible for me at a bigger school. While experiencing an internship in IT, I have been able to confidently apply the skills I have learned in the CSIS program at UWRF to my internship and it is a great feeling. I feel very prepared to enter the workplace and am very thankful for my wonderful professors in the UWRF CSIS department who made that possible.”
Caitlin Finn, UW-River Falls student, Computer Science