Computer Science

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Bakersfield College's Computer Science program provides a pathway to a CSU computer science major and completion of a computer science bachelor’s degree education in the field of computer science.

The program is designed to give students a solid foundation in computer programming, data structures, algorithms, and software development, as well as an understanding of the theoretical foundations of computer science. With a focus on hands-on learning, students will have the opportunity to develop their skills through projects, programming assignments, and laboratory work.

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is the study of computers and computational systems. It encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects of computing, including algorithms, programming languages, software design and development, computer architecture, and the analysis of data and information. The field also covers topics such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, databases, and networks.

Computer science is a rapidly evolving field that is increasingly important in today's world, as computer technology continues to play a growing role in our lives and in the global economy. The study of computer science provides individuals with valuable skills and knowledge that are in high demand in the job market, making it an excellent choice for those looking to start or advance their careers.

Is Computer Science Right for Me?

The study of computer science may be a good fit if you possess certain qualities and skills, including:

  • Strong logical and critical thinking skills
  • An aptitude for mathematics and problem-solving
  • Interest in technology and how it works
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to new technologies
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written

Additionally, individuals who enjoy working with computers, writing code, and developing new software and applications may find the study of computer science to be a good fit. It's important to note that computer science requires dedication, hard work, and a willingness to constantly learn and evolve with the field.

Ultimately, the best way to determine if computer science is a good fit is to gain exposure to the field through classes, workshops, or other opportunities, and to talk to professionals in the industry. Those who have a passion for technology and enjoy finding solutions to complex problems may find the study of computer science to be a fulfilling and rewarding choice.

Computer Science Degree

You may also be interested in CompTIA and Information Technology.

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An Associate of Science (AS) degree in Computer Science can prepare graduates for a variety of entry-level positions in the computer science industry. Some potential careers for individuals with an AS in Computer Science include:

  • Junior Software Developer
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Junior Systems Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • Junior Data Scientist
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Game Developer

The specific careers and job opportunities available to an individual with an AS in Computer Science will depend on factors such as experience, skills, and location. Pursue further education in computer science or a related field to enhance your career prospects and earning potential. The study of computer science is a rapidly evolving field with a high demand for skilled professionals, making it a solid choice for individuals looking to start or advance their careers in technology.

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Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Engineering & Information Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: STEM Pathway

Courses: Computer Science (COMP)

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