Computing is a discipline that offers rewarding possibilities and involves using ingenuity to solve complex, multidimensional problems in engineering, healthcare, finance, and many other disciplines. Increasing reliance on computing is generating a growing need for computer science graduates. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 30% increase in computing jobs between 2010 to 2020. To find additional information about careers in the discipline (including salary, minimum education requirements, and projected job growth), we recommend a look at the Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Boise State’s Computer Science Department offers a Bachelors of Science degree that is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Most upper-division classes have fewer than 30 students in them, providing ample opportunities for students to interact with professors. The department benefits from an active industrial advisory board that among many things, helps ensure curriculum in current. Part of the vibrant computing community at Boise State is the Student ACM-W and Computer Science Clubs. Outside the classroom, local software development companies seek out upper-division students for lucrative part-time employment and high-paying internships. Graduates of Boise State’s Computer Science program enjoy a high job placement rate (95% in 2016). Due to the robust Boise Software Ecosystem and Boise’s fantastic quality of life, most graduates (96% in 2016) accept employment locally upon graduating.
We suggest students buy a computer with the fastest processor and the most memory that they can afford (right now 8 GB of ram is enough for basic needs). Also, most of our students end up installing multiple operating systems (ie. Linux and Windows) on their computers so you may want to look for a laptop that has enough hard drive space and memory to do that (we would suggest at least 16 GB of ram if you want to run virtual machines). Windows developer and VMware software is provided for free by the College of Engineering through the OnTheHub program. Once you have signed up for classes an account is generated for you and e-mailed to your u.boisestate.edu email account.