Computer Science graduates command the second highest ‘average starting salary’ among all occupational fields at the Bachelor’s level, according to the Winter 2005 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The US Bureau of Labor Statistics placed Computer Scientists among the fastest growing and highest paid jobs in their occupational projections for 2004-2014.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science offers specialized training in the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and use of computer information and database systems. The program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. Two tracks are available at the upper division level:
- The Computer Science track should be followed by the student who intends to continue to graduate study in computer science.
- The Software Design and Development track may be followed by the student who intends to pursue a software engineering career.
To qualify for admission to the program, prospective students must have been admitted at FIU at the undergraduate level, met all the lower division requirements including CLAST, completed 60 semester hours, and must be otherwise acceptable into the program. As part of the 60 semester hours of lower division course work necessary to enter this upper division major, prospective students must fulfill lower level course requirements and prerequisites.
Financial aid and Scholarships
FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of financial aid opportunities and scholarships to qualified students. The amounts and eligibility requirements of these awards vary depending on the type of award. Merit-based financial assistance is highly competitive, hence, students are encouraged to apply early.
The curriculum consists of 120 credit hours. Lower division requirements include at least 27 credit hours of prerequisites. Credits may be transferred from an ABET accredited institution of higher education upon approval by academic advisor. At least 50% of the upper division credits must be taken at FIU. In addition, all students must meet the University Foreign Language Requirement, must pass the CLAST or have it waived, and must meet all of the state and university requirements for graduation.