Computer Science

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Program Overview

Working in a discipline concerned with theory and practice, computer scientists must have the ability to solve problems accurately, creatively, and logically through abstract modeling and objective analysis.

Computers are indispensable tools in civilization’s crucial fields, including business, education, banking, defense, law enforcement, healthcare, engineering, and transportation, not to mention personal use and the entertainment industry.

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Why Study Computer Science at Inver Hills?

Dive into a swiftly growing career field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this high-demand occupation is projected to grow 22 percent nationwide from 2020 to 2030, or much faster than the average for all occupations. Minnesota State CAREERwise has the growth rate for computer scientists at 16.5 percent or well above the statewide average.

Earn an exceptionally prosperous living.

The BLS reports that computer and information research scientists in the U.S. pull down a median salary approaching $127,000 a year, or nearly $61 an hour. The top 10 percent earn nearly $190,000 a year, or more than $91 an hour.

Creativity and innovation are the watchwords of computer science.

If you’re all about discovering and crafting solutions, then computer science could be a perfect fit for your career goals. Two computer scientists, Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn, really did invent the Internet, which is ranked with the wheel, the compass, the printing press, and the light bulb as one of the greatest inventions of all time.

Master skills essential for success on any career path.

Assembling a strong background in computing will give you the problem-solving, communication, and logical-reasoning skills proven advantageous in virtually any career field. Studying computer science equips you with other abilities such as adaptability and leadership. You’ll enter the job marketplace with the foundation of a well-rounded professional.

Collaboration matched with individual ingenuity can’t be beat.

Computer scientists frequently work together on teams that benefit from a diversity of talent, knowledge, expertise, and aptitudes. As a computer science major, you’ll learn how to bring your best game to any teamwork situation.

Chart a future with no limits.

Trends in computer science can often seem like a sci-fi scenario taking shape in the real world. Artificial intelligence, edge and quantum computing, robotics, cybersecurity, and bioinformatics are just a few career paths you can call your own.

Get with the program.

Our Computer Programmer A.A.S. is designed to propel you into the workforce by giving you the software programming and software engineering abilities you’ll need execute a wide variety of IT projects on the job.

Turn your knack for computing into a lifelong career.

Our Transfer Pathway A.S. gives you the credits you need to transfer with junior-year status to a computer science baccalaureate program at one of six Minnesota State universities. Your education at Inver Hills will be the deterministic logic that outputs your career success.

Computer Science Career Paths

Skill up for a topflight field.

Making sure computers perform at optimum levels requires intensive, hands-on experience. Computers and computational process design merge theoretical studies, experimental methods, and engineering applications into one discipline.

Computer scientists are good at mathematics, solid on their science, and adept at building hardware and software. They enjoy their work and have a broad range of lucrative career opportunities.

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