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The CS Program at UHCL. UHCL Open House 2005 Oct 1, 2005 Dr. Kwok-Bun Yue Associate Professor, CS Chair, CIS University of Houston-Clear Lake. Content. What is CS? Myths of Computing. Great Time for Majoring in CS CS at UHCL Why UHCL CS? Conclusions and Questions. What is CS?.

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The CS Program at UHCL

UHCL Open House 2005

Oct 1, 2005

Dr. Kwok-Bun Yue

Associate Professor, CS

Chair, CIS

University of Houston-Clear Lake


Content

  • What is CS?

  • Myths of Computing.

  • Great Time for Majoring in CS

  • CS at UHCL

  • Why UHCL CS?

  • Conclusions and Questions

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


What is CS?

  • Computer Science (CS): theory and practice of using computers for problem solving.

  • Includes many support areas, e.g.:

    • Mathematics

    • Science: Physics, electronics, etc.

    • Software Engineering

    • Domain knowledge of the application areas

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Content

  • What is CS?

  • Myths of Computing.

  • Great Time for Majoring in CS

  • CS at UHCL

  • Why UHCL CS?

  • Conclusions and Questions

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Myths of Computing

  • Myth: computing majors

    • Have no social life

    • Are hackers

    • Are nerds

    • Cannot communicate

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Reality

  • Computing majors have diverse background.

  • Communications, social, political, design and analysis skills are important in CS/IS career.

  • They tend to be problem solvers.

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Programming Myth

  • Myth: CS/IS are only about programming.

  • Reality: CS/IS jobs are very diverse:

    • Senior and Middle Management

    • Software Development

    • Technical Support

    • Systems, Network and Database Administration

    • Training and Supports

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Job Myth

  • Myth: CS/IS job market will continue to shrink because of out-shoring (off-shore outsourcing).

  • Reality:

    • CS/IS job market has turned around in 2005.

    • There will be shortage for CS/IS professional.

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Content

  • What is CS?

  • Myths of Computing.

  • Great Time for Majoring in CS

  • CS at UHCL

  • Why UHCL CS?

  • Conclusions and Questions

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Good Job Opportunities

  • CS/IS Job market has turned around and is projected to grow.

    • High tech lost about 1,000,000 job (15%) from 2002 to 2004.

    • High tech jobs grew 190,000 in the first half of 2005 (ZDNet Research, 9/22/2005).

    • CS and System Analysis jobs increased 54,000 or 7.7% in the first quarter of 2005 (Information Week, 6/2005).

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Shortage of CS Professionals

  • CS Majors dropped 40% by 2004 (Computer Research News, Vol 17).

  • Women’s Interest in CS fell by 80% between 1998 to 2004.

  • Incoming freshman interested in majoring in CS:

    • 1999: 3.8%

    • 2004: 1.4%

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Good Job Prospects

  • Well paid jobs.

  • Highest starting salary majors for university graduates (CNN/Money, 8/25/2005):

    • #2 Computer Engineering: $52,464

    • #5 Systems Engineering: $50,887

    • #6 Computer Science: $50,820

    • #10 Information Science and System: $44,775

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Good Job Variety

  • Examples reported from Computer World surveys on May to July 2004 (with average compensation):

    • CIO: $162,145 (and up)

    • Application Development Manager: $98,666

    • Internet/Intranet Manager: $91,468

    • Senior Systems Analysts: $80,090

    • Information Security Specialists: $73,207

    • Database Administrator: $81,710

    • Network Architect: $83,590

    • Systems Administrator: $64,925

    • Quality Assurance Specialist: $66,166

    • Software Engineer: $81,150

    • Messaging/E-Mail/Groupware Specialist: $71,552

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Good Jobs

  • Interesting job

  • Good job environment

  • Good job status

  • Professional in nature

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Content

  • What is CS?

  • Myths of Computing.

  • Great Time for Majoring in CS

  • CS at UHCL

  • Why UHCL CS?

  • Conclusions and Questions

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


UHCL

  • An upper level institution

  • ~8,000 students

  • Located in the high tech community of Johnson Space Center

  • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


UHCL CS Degree Programs

  • Two degrees:

    • B.S. in CS

    • M.S. in CS

  • Housed in the School of Science and Computer Engineering.

  • Technically oriented.

  • Accredited by the prestigious Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


B.S. in CS

  • 132 credits

  • Required courses in

    • Computer Sciences (CSCI)

    • Mathematics

    • Science

    • Software Engineering (SWEN)

    • Computer Engineering (CENG)

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


B.S. in CS

  • Elective Courses:

    • CSCI

    • Mathematics

    • Science courses

    • Business courses

    • SWEN and CENG

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


M.S. in CS

  • 36 credits

  • For students with either undergraduate degrees in CS or have completed foundation courses.

  • Required courses in CSCI.

  • Subplan requirements in

    • Web and Databases

    • Systems and Networking

  • Elective courses in CSCI, SWEN, CENG and other courses.

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Content

  • What is CS?

  • Myths of Computing.

  • Great Time for Majoring in CS

  • CS at UHCL

  • Why UHCL CS?

  • Conclusions and Questions

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Why UHCL CS?

  • Good location

  • Good balance between theory and practice

  • Early adopter of emerging technology

  • Small class sizes

  • Student-Oriented faculty

  • Faculty dedicated to teaching and working with students and colleagues on cutting-edge research

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Why UHCL CS?

  • CS is accredited by ABET under the CS curriculum.

  • Currently, only 14 programs in Texas are accredited as such.

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Content

  • What is CS?

  • Myths of Computing.

  • Great Time for Majoring in CS

  • CS at UHCL

  • Why UHCL CS?

  • Conclusions and Questions

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Conclusions

  • Great time to major in CS.

  • The UHCL CS program provides many benefits.

  • Contact us for more information:

    • CS site: http://sce.uhcl.edu/cs/.

    • Dr. Perez-Davila (Chairperson, CS: perezd@uhcl.edu)

    • Academic advisors: Ms. Barbara Coleman (ColemanB@uhcl.edu) and Ms. Dorothy Hogg (hogg@uhcl.edu).

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


Questions?

  • Any Questions?

  • Thanks!

Bun Yue: yue@cl.uh.edu, http://dcm.uhcl.edu/yue


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