Computer Science

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is a discipline that requires both theory and practice. The practical side of computing can be seen almost everywhere, but behind the scenes are the computer scientists. For example, getting computers to do what you want them to do is called computer programming, a very rewarding and hands-on skill.

Computer Science is also a science of problem solving. Computer scientists model and analyze problems. They design solutions and verify that their solutions actually work. Computer scientists also research new methods and new technologies for future use.

What does Hesston College's Computer Science program offer you?

The Computer Science program at Hesston College will provide you training in a college degree environment. Hands-on training in the well-equipped Computer Information Technology lab integrates theory, practice and professional techniques.

The CIT computer lab is managed and maintained by students who gain practical experience working on equipment, helping other students and even working with real-world "clients." As a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), we are allowed to make much of the software we use available to you at no charge.

Hesston College courses are planned to fit the schedules of both traditional students and working professionals. Whether you enroll to improve current skills or to learn new applications, programming languages or vendor-specific skills, you'll benefit from the smaller class sizes and hands-on training.

"Computer programming is a key skill of the computer scientist. We introduce programming to you using animation software called Alice. You'll even program your own game! While "playing" with pictures and sounds, you will learn key programming concepts while transitioning to Java and C++, two of the most popular and powerful programming languages in the world."
     -Bob Harder, Hesston College faculty member

Computer Science Curriculum

The Computer Science curriculum provides the foundation courses needed for a career in computer science or computer engineering. As a Computer Science major, you will earn the associate of science degree as you complete about 60 college credit hours. You will get personalized attention learning computer programming, internet technologies and computer networking while you also study the science and math needed for a successful transfer to your next school.

Current core computer courses offered at Hesston College for Computer Science include:

  • Web Authoring and Publishing
  • Networking Technologies
  • Computer Programming I (Java)
  • Computer Programming II (C++)

Some of the other Hesston College computer courses available are:

  • Introduction to Computers
  • Advanced Excel
  • Desktop Publications
  • Computer Applications
  • Web Site Design
  • Service and Support
  • Computer Network Administration

Fields Related to Computer Science

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts an overall 17 percent growth rate in computer occupations for 2012-22. Since the Hesston College Computer Science program provides a common core of knowledge used in these occupations, you will be well prepared to continue on to a four-year degree in any of the following fields / occupations:

  • Computer Architecture
  • Systems Development
  • Network Technology
  • Database Administration
  • Internet
  • Graphics
  • Artifical Intelligence
  • Computational Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Education
  • Information Security Analyst

For more detailed information, visit the Hesston College CS/CIT website.

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