Frequently Asked Questions
To get you started, here are some of the most Freqently Asked Questions.

Question: Do the course numbers indicate the order in which I should complete the courses?

Answer: Not exactly!! Courses that begin with the number one, are freshman level courses, but the last two digits are simply an identification. You should consult an advisor or check the prerequisites to see which order to take the courses.

Question: What is the difference between Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Computer Information Systems?

Answer: For more information consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics links below.


Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, and Computer Scientists:

    * Education requirements range from a 2-year degree to a graduate degree.
    * Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies.
    * Job prospects are favorable.

Computer Software Engineers:

Computer software engineers apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the software and systems that enable computers to perform their many applications.

    * Computer software engineers are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the 2002-12 period.
    * Highly favorable opportunities are expected for college graduates with at least a bachelor's degree in computer engineering or computer science and with practical work experience.
    * Computer software engineers must continually strive to acquire new skills in conjunction with the rapid changes in computer technology.

Computer Hardware Engineers:

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer hardware and supervise its manufacture and installation. Hardware refers to computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, modems, and printers.
Computer software engineers (often simply called computer engineers) design and develop the software systems that control computers


Computer Support Specialists and Systems Administrators:

    * Computer support specialists and systems administrators are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations over the 2002-12 period.
    * There are many paths of entry to these occupations.
    * Job prospects should be best for college graduates who are up to date with the latest skills and technologies; certifications and practical experience are essential for persons without degrees.

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