School of Computing and Design
Computer Science Minor
What is the Minor in Computer Science & Information Systems all about?
The Minor in Computer Science & Information Systems provides students with an opportunity to explore their particular interests in the development of software applications, computer networking, and information systems. The Minor in Computer Science & Information Systems allows students to tailor their minor curriculum so that it can be integrated with many other major programs at CSUMB. Students first take one lower division course and then three or four upper division courses that fulfill minor learning outcomes depending on their area of focus. Following CSUMB’s outcomes-based philosophy and SCD’s portfolio process, each student needs to take a one-unit Proseminar to complete the minor.
What will I gain from a minor in Computer Science & Information Systems?
Many students at CSUMB would like to combine their specific academic interests with knowledge and skills from computer science. Many unique and exciting opportunities exist to combine knowledge and skills from the computer science courses offered with other major programs at CSUMB, including Biology, Environmental Science, Technology and Policy, Communication Design, Teledramatic Arts & Technology, Business, Liberal Studies, etc. The goal of the CSIT minor is to encourage non computer science majors to pursue their interest in computer science. Further, this Minor in Computer Science & Information Systems offered formally recognizes the need to provide high quality educational opportunities to all CSUMB students who want a deeper understanding of computer science in order to enhance their learning experience and career opportunity.
What will my learning environment be like?
Our campus location—an hour from Silicon Valley, the greatest concentration of hardware and software producers in the world is a huge asset. On campus, our students enjoy small classes conducted in spacious, cutting-edge facilities. A young university established in 1994, CSUMB has been wired for the 21st century since inception. Additionally, we have established working relationships with a number of trend setting companies such as Google, Yahoo, HP, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and Apple as well as many local employers such as the Defense Manpower Data Center, CTB/Mc Graw-Hill, and others. These companies provide us with the latest in hardware and software and advise us as our dynamic program evolves. They also provide internship and employment opportunities for our students.
What advising and support services are provided for students pursuing the Minor in Computer Science & Information Systems?
There is a Student Services program to help you resolve issues and to direct you to available resources, including a Peer Advising program that will be helpful with studying, development of an Individualized Learning Plan, and working toward your goals. Faculty advising is also available to assist you in reaching your academic goals in a timely manner.
How does this minor interface with various CSUMB majors to prepare students for specific careers?
The CSIS minor is specifically designed to allow students an opportunity to integrate knowledge of computer science and information systems into their major coursework. The CSIS minor provides high quality educational opportunities to all CSUMB students who want a deeper understanding of computer science and information systems in order to make informed contributions to their community using computer technology.