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Computer scientists are employed as systems programmers, application programmers (business, scientific, industrial,etc.), systems analysts, programmer analysts, researchers, network specialists, computer system designers, educators and in computer sales. Opportunities exist in business, industry, government, education and the military. Many graduates enter graduate school for further study of computer science.
Students have often obtained part-time or summer jobs as interns with area companies and government agencies. For example, the department has had a number of students working with the Federal Aviation Administration in Pomona, NJ. Students are also employed within the department to work as technical aides in the computer labs and to do system administration for some of the academic servers. Students participate in the ACM regional programming contest. All students are welcome to join the Computer Science Club for field trips and social events.
The facilities made available by Rowan University's Computer Science Department make doing class work on campus a breeze. Advanced students have access to a Computer Science only laboratory, complete with top-of-the-line networked PC's and Linux stations. Also available is a Student Research Lab where students participating in special projects have a quiet, equipped place to produce advanced work. This lab contains machines running various operating systems, a plotter for making banner presentations, and several offices, including a Robotics office. Also available are several general-purpose computer labs, including a few in Robinson Hall, where students can do work. All of the labs and faculty offices, as well as many dorm rooms, are networked to permit electronic mail and data sharing; students often submit course work electronically.
The department's network is connected to the campus fiber-optic backbone network. The department consists of ten tenure-line faculty (seven of whom hold a Ph.D.), a lab coordinator, and a part-time faculty member (at Camden). All courses are taught by qualified staff members for whom teaching effectiveness is the primary consideration for reappointment and/or promotion. No courses are taught by graduate students. Each student is assigned a full time faculty member as adviser; students can choose their own advisers if desired. Faculty also interact with students in the computer science club.
The faculty conduct research in such areas as algorithms and data structures, compiler design, software engineering, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, computer graphics, computer science education, simulation and visualization, and data base theory.
Students are encouraged to present at national and international conferences. Most recently, our students were seen at:
- International Conference on Internet Computing, Las Vegas, NV
- International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, Phoenix, AZ
- Asia Pacific Symposium on Information Visualization, Tokyo, Japan
- Annual Air Traffic Control Association Conference and Exposition, Grapevine, TX
Because our faculty offers an unusually diverse range of expertise for an undergraduate university, you'll be able to specialize in a variety of areas including:
- Software engineering
- Networking and Operating Systems
- Information Technology
- Programming Languages and Compilers
- Artificial Intelligence
- Graphics and Visualization