Topics studied include algorithms and data structures, programming languages, computer architecture, computer graphics, operating systems, software engineering systems analysis, database systems, artificial intelligence, information security, and networking.
A computing professional analyzes a situation in an application domain, such as biology and medicine, business, engineering, law and public policy, science, and sociology; carefully specifies the problems to be addressed; and then designs, evaluates, implements and tests computer-based solutions to those problems.
Students of the Computer and Information Science program at The Ohio State University can pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. The BS involves a more substantial computing component and more of a science focus than the BA. Both degree programs are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.Other majors suited for students interested in computing careers:
- Computer science and engineering (CSE) jointly offered in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the College of Engineering: almost identical to the CIS major, with additional math and engineering courses and fewer general education courses
- Electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering: shares several computing courses with the CSE major but is more hardware-oriented in its other courses
Because computing is essential in all areas of society, the demand for people skilled in the computing field continues to grow. Contrary to popular misconception, offshoring of (lower-level) IT jobs is a secondary factor in job growth for the computing profession. Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for U.S. job growth in the next decade show computing jobs, of the sort computer and information science (CIS) graduates might take, comprising the top two—and half of the top ten—positions in the rankings for jobs requiring an undergraduate degree. This is after accounting for the impact of offshoring.
Computer software and hardware vendors hire CIS graduates in areas such as software and hardware product development, quality assurance, customer support, sales and marketing, documentation, and training. Organizations that use these products (such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, banks, insurance companies and manufacturing firms) hire CIS graduates as software engineers building system foundations as well as end-user applications, and as systems analysts, database administrators and network administrators, as well as for other types of positions. Most large companies have internal computing departments that develop custom products for use by other departments within the same company. Considerable growth is also occurring in companies focusing on social media and information security.
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- The BS in CIS requires courses in computing, math, science and general education.
- The core CIS courses include software design and development, computational foundations including algorithms and data structures, and computer systems. Study of ethical issues in computing, team projects and a capstone design course are also included.
- Math and statistics requirements include courses in calculus and analytic geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. Electives in the major may be chosen from one of many specializations, including artificial intelligence, computer graphics and game design, database systems and data analytics, information and computation assurance (security), networking, computer systems, and software engineering.
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DisciplinesInformatics & Information Sciences Computer Sciences Artificial Intelligence View 620 other Masters in Informatics & Information Sciences in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Successful completion of university preparatory courses
- High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
- Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores
- Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
- Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)
- Status as a first-generation university student
- High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
International36430 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National33502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 33502 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
In-State11508 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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