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OSU, BS, Computer Science

 United States


Study mode Start date Duration Fee international Fee study period Year of study
Full-time Sep years: 4 $29343 Academic year 2016 - 2017

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Computer science is the study of algorithms and problem solving. These problems apply to every scientific, engineering, and mathematical field, making computer scientists relevant in every professional field today. A computer science degree at Oregon State can give you the skills to program a custom low level sensor board all the way up to coordinating cloud data-centers full of servers.

Students can choose from the accredited Computer Systems option, one of the applied options including building their own custom curriculum, or minor in computer science:

  • Computer Systems: The Computer Systems Option is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. It gives students the necessary training and preparation that many large companies (such as Google, Apple, and Intel) require. Computer Systems also gives the student the necessary preparation to continue and pursue computer science or other engineering fields in graduate level programs. The extra preparation required in the Systems option is more math, physics, and required CS courses; however, as a Systems option, a student can still take a minimum of 2-5 CS elective courses.
  • Applied: The Applied option allows students to develop a degree program that focuses on their area of interest. Students can shape a program that includes fields outside computer science such as music, chemistry, mathematics and medical fields, or specialize in an area of computer science such as artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, game and simulation development, human-computer interaction, and computer security. Students pick 32 credits of electives to develop a cohesive focus area and shape their degree to their particular interest or needs.
  • Minor: A minor in computer science can open up opportunities for employment in the software development industry, but also in many areas including healthcare, business, science, medicine, graphics, utilities and education. Courses will teach theory, problem-solving skills, and programming.

Touted by students and industry representatives as one of the best in the nation, the MECOP (Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program) provides students with two six-month internships during their undergraduate careers. Companies provide quality experiences and participating students are often able to land permanent jobs with the companies where they interned.

In addition, OSU works closely with industry to provide networking opportunities with company representatives several times each year, including senior dinners, industry receptions and career fairs.


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The historic OSU campus is located at the heart of Corvallis, characterized by its red brick buildings, old-growth trees and lush greenery.  An hour's drive from the Pacific Coast and two hours from the Cascades and high desert, Corvallis is an ideal site to live and work. Corvallis embodies the spirit of the Northwest, with beautiful natural surroundings, friendly citizens, and an outstanding quality of life. It is one of the safest places to live - clean, friendly, and family-oriented.