Computer science is the study of all aspects of software, and as a Clarkson student, you learn how to understand and analyze problems and think through solutions.

Clarkson teaches you to become a good programmer, but more importantly, you obtain a deep understanding of computer science. Allowing you to work within the rapidly changing technology industry both as an intern and graduate, Clarkson's program is unique in that professors and students have a close working relationship. The fact that the professors are leading researchers in their field makes for an education rooted in experience. In our student-run labs, you have the opportunity to be involved with projects as well as research with professors.

Career Opportunities

As a computer science graduate, you will have the opportunity to work as a software developer who designs, implements, tests and maintains computer software. You can also work as an information technology specialist who deploys and manages information technology, including computer systems, computer networks, database systems and web technologies.

Clarkson has a great relationship with IBM, the leading employer of computer science graduates. Some of our best students go to work at places like Google. Recent graduates have also been hired by cybersecurity firms, among other places, such as

  • AIS, Rome, N.Y.
  • Ajilon Service Inc.
  • Amazon
  • Anderson Consulting
  • AOL
  • APPLIX Corp.
  • Catholic University of America
  • CBSI, Middletown, Conn.
  • Dealer.com, Burlington, Vt.
  • George Mason University
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mathworks, Boston, Mass.
  • Microsoft
  • Mozilla
  • National Security Agency
  • Raytheon
  • GE
  • PROXICOM
  • Sandia National Lab
  • Syracuse Research Corp.
  • U.S. Air Force
  • VMWare
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Curriculum

Major

The computer science program consists of 46 credit hours out of the total 120 credit hours required for a bachelor's degree. This leaves flexibility for you to take a minor or pursue your other interests while in school.

Computer Science Major Curriculum

Minor

The computer science minor is open to a vast majority of students at the university. Talk to your admissions counselor or your advisor about how to minor in computer science.

Computer Science Minor Curriculum

All Clarkson Minors

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

All professors are actively involved in research and have students work with them. You will have the opportunity to pursue research in areas such as cybersecurity, computer networks, quantum computing, computational complexity, artificial intelligence, formal software verification, computer vision, computer graphics and others.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

The vast majority of Clarkson computer science students get an internship or co-op while they are at Clarkson. In fact, 86 percent of the students who have graduated in the past three years obtained internships while at Clarkson. Almost all of the companies that hire computer science students also have co-ops and internships available for you. That means there is a good likelihood that you can turn your internship into a career.

The internship and co-op opportunities you can pursue exist at companies such as

  • Amazon
  • Anderson Consulting
  • AOL
  • APPLIX Corp.
  • Catholic University of America
  • CBSI
  • Dealer.com, Burlington, Vt.
  • George Mason University
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Mozilla
  • National Security Agency
  • GE
  • PROXICOM
  • Sandia National Lab
  • Syracuse Research Corp.
  • U.S. Air Force
  • VMWare

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