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High school computer science classes are the gateway to studying any of the college computing majors outlined in this brochure. For more detailed descriptions of options in computing, please talk to your computer science teacher or guidance counselor, or go to the following website:

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Do you want to help build the next generation of smart phones, nanotech media devices, interactive robots, 3D virtual reality holodecks, and even high-tech clothing? Or create new and more advanced medical tools?
COMPUTER ENGINEERING (CE) students study the design of digital hardware and software including devices such as global communications systems, wearable implantable computers, smart phones, digital players, personal video recorders (PVRs), Internet alarm systems, high-tech body scanners, and even laser surgical tools. Increasingly, CE specialists integrate customized hardware and embedded software to improve existing technologies and invent new ones.

Do you love to solve puzzles or exchange theories about new ideas? Would you like to invent an app that helps rescue workers locate survivors?
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS) professionals can conceive

and create fun and valuable apps for Android, iPhones, iPads, Windows 7 devices, Facebook, and Twitter. They design and build software and create efficient solutions to real-world problems in fields such as robotics, computer-enhanced vision, and digital forensics. Individual computer science programs allow students to specialize in one or more of these fields. CS runs the gamut from theory to practice to cutting-edge inventions. It makes graduates aware of new technologies and new ideas and is a foundation for many different computing careers. Do you enjoy finding better ways to get things done using computers? Are you interested in understanding how computers can make businesses work better?
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (IS) specialists design and

manage computing solutions that provide companies, non-profit organizations, and governments with the information they need to achieve their goals. IS professionals also employ computer systems to implement and improve the way organizations work. They combine their knowledge of computing and organizations to bridge the gap between technical and business specialists. Most IS programs are found in business schools, and may go by such names as management information systems, computer information systems, or business information systems. All IS degrees combine business and computing topics, but the emphasis between technical and organizational subjects varies.

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Are you the one everyone calls when they want their own website? Are you the troubleshooter everyone turns to when their computer acts weird?
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) professionals make a living solving, supporting, troubleshooting, and designing elements of the IT infrastructure from websites to networks, in organizations ranging from business and government to schools, health care, and more. IT specialists possess the ideal combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to support both an organizations technology infrastructure and the people who use it. Theyre responsible for selecting hardware and software products appropriate for an organization. IT professionals create and manage websites and networks to provide a secure, efficient, and productive environment for everyone.

Directors, composers, and architects they all see the big picture. Do you? Creating software products involves a lot more than just writing code.
SOFTWARE ENGINEERS (SE) see the whole picture,

too the life cycle of a product, including efficiency and reliability, meeting customers budgets, proper testing, and maintenance. Large, expensive software systems often play a vital role in safety-critical applications and are made up of many smaller building blocks. Software engineers combine experience in computer science, engineering, and math to design, define, and organize many aspects of a complex software product. Software engineering courses are offered both within computer science study and as separate degrees. Both share some courses in common, and CS graduates who want to head up large development projects increasingly pursue software engineering in graduate school.