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Computer Science

What is distinctive about a Computer Science major at Illinois College?
The primary focus of the computer science major is for students to learn a solid practical foundation in software development (algorithm development and programming). They also study the fundamentals of theory and hardware, and how both relate to software. While in the classroom, professors place an emphasis on the concepts and ideas rather than technical training, which allows students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary in the field of computer science. The computer science department in conjunction with the economics and business administration department also offers a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS).

What opportunities are available for students?
The purpose of the Computer Club is to discuss the latest issues concerning the fields of computer science and MIS. The club takes field trips to facilities that use computers as a mainstay of their business, and sponsor an end-of-the-year social gathering. Some members of the club participate in the annual Associate of Computing Machinery (ACM) Regional programming contests.

Students in all academic disciplines, including computer science, are strongly encouraged to acquire practical experience by completing an internship. Recent internships for computer science students include those with State Farm Insurance and Levi, Ray and Shoup Inc.

What opportunities are available after graduation?
Many computer science graduates who have decided to obtain higher degrees have recently attended  the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign and University of Delaware.

Computer science majors have accepted jobs primarily as computer programmers. Students have recently been employed by Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc and State Farm Insurance

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