Frequently Asked Questions

1. What degree options are available in Computer Science at WSU?
We offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S), and a Bachelor Degree (B.S. or B.A.). For our Bachelor Degree, you may choose an emphasis in Software Engineering, Network Security and Administration or a Customized Option. We also offer a computer science minor, teaching minor, and a BIS Concentration.

2. What GPA must I maintain to be in this program of study?
Students in the CS department are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in their computer science courses and a grade of C or higher in each class. In situations involving medical emergency, military leave or crisis, an appeal for a grade under a C may be considered. See the department advisor for more information.

3. Where should I go to obtain more information about the CS program and/or to officially declare a major or a minor in Computer Science?
You should contact our department secretary at 626-7929 or use our on-line scheduling system (http://advising.cs.weber.edu) to make an appointment to meet with the academic advisor, located in the Technical Education Building, room 110D. If you are declaring a major or a minor, you will need to fill out a Major Declaration Form, which is available at the front desk.

4. In a nutshell, describe what makes this program unique and outstanding?
Our computer science department offers a thorough combination of both applied knowledge and theory. We are especially focused on preparing students for the industry upon graduation. We have a close relationship with the local industry and our Industry Advisory Committee helps us design our curriculum to match their growing needs. Internships are included in our degree plans and they help prepare the students well for working in this field.  

5. If I have decided to major in Computer Science, what classes should I begin taking?
You may visit http://catalog.weber.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=510&returnto=611 to view a suggested course sequence but your best bet is to meet with the academic advisor. Together, you and your advisor will design your schedule based on your personal situation and the department's course listings.

6. As a full-time worker, how will I be able to juggle my classes at WSU?
Weber State University offers daytime, evening, weekend, and distance courses available for part-time and full-time college students. Meet with your advisor each semester for assistance in planning out your schedule.

7. Will I have to take all of my computer science classes in Ogden at WSU's main campus?
You will be able to choose CS classes in Ogden (WSU's Main Campus), Layton (Davis Campus) and/or Salt Lake City (at the SLCC-WSU Redwood campus).

8. With a Bachelor Degree in computer science, what is the job outlook?
The computer industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, and currently the job outlook for our graduates is very high. In the spring of 2006, Money Magazine rated occupations across the nation based on job demand, salary and stress level and 'Software Engineers' rated as #1. A wonderful resource for learning the current job situation and salary information for any field is http://www.bls.gov/oco/.

9. What resources does Weber State University offer to help me get a job in the computer science industry?
Be sure to meet with your assigned career counselor, Karen Doutre, who will help you prepare your resume, enhance your interviewing skills, and connect you with opportunities in the industry. You may contact Karen by calling 626-6877 or emailing her at KSDoutre@weber.edu?

Please refer to the Career Services website for more information regarding career guidance at WSU.

Students will also want to check the job board posted outside of the Computer Science Department for current job notifications posted by our department Chairman, faculty and staff.

10. As I approach graduation, is there anything more that I need to do other than complete my course requirements? 
Prior to graduating, all students at WSU must meet with their advisor for an exit interview, get logged off from their department, and finally submit an application to the Graduation Office. For deadlines, applications, and fees please visit: http://weber.edu/graduation

If you have further inquiries, please feel free to contact our department secretary at 626-7929 or refer to the online catalog at http://documents.weber.edu/catalog/.
 
We wish you the best of luck as you pursue your optimal career path in life.

Weber State UniversityComputer ScienceOgden, Utah 84408-1465 Edvalson St., Dept. 2401, Room 110, (801) 626-7929

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