Internships are strongly encouraged for career preparation and often lead to full-time employment after graduation. Many are available with high-profile companies such as John Deere, Rockwell Collins, Cerner Corporation, State Farm Insurance, Pearson, IBM, and Microsoft, which have strong, long-standing relationships with the department. You’ll also have opportunities to pursue individual research projects and work one-on-one with a professor in a specialized field; this is a requirement for those who graduate with honors.
A deep understanding of the principles and techniques of computing is valuable for nearly all successful organizations. Computer science graduates can play key roles on problem-solving teams.
The department’s graduates work primarily in two market sectors. One includes the software and computer industries, from small start-ups to giants such as Microsoft and IBM; these present job opportunities in software development and design, systems analysis, user-interface development and design, web development, and many other areas.
Another sector is made up of organizations whose primary business is not computing, such as banks, insurance and other financial groups; health care organizations; consulting, media and legal firms; entertainment companies; and the military.
As many as one-third of the department’s graduates go into research or elect to pursue graduate studies in computer science, business, or other areas for which computer science provides a strong foundation.