Registration for Fall 2016 March 14 through August 4, 2016.
Late Fall registration August 8- August 18, 2016.
Fall weekday classes begin August 15, 2016.
Fall Drop/Add August 15-18.
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First, you will need to fill out the form to declare Double Major. This will need to be signed by the Dean of the school that offers the second major. After you have those signatures, you will need to submit the form to the Registrar.
CLEP, or College-Level Examination Program, is a standardized test by CollegeBoard that gives you the opportunity to receive college credit at several universities throughout the United States. There are currently 34 examinations that cover composition, foreign language, history, business and of course, science and mathematics. With regard to CIMS, this is most applicable to mathematics courses, but not computer science.
Testing out of a course is done within the college itself, and often requires an examination. Testing out of a course is more common in Information Technology and Computer Science, and rarely done in mathematics. In certain (extreme) situations, credit is given for experiences outside of academics. For those interested in testing out, please follow the steps found in our Guide to Testing Out. Please realize that there is a non-refundable fee associated with this process.
In short, Computer Engineers (CE) design and build computer circuits; Computer Scientists (CS) study the theory behind developing efficient computing systems; Information Technology (IT) can be thought of as applied computer science, wherein they build systems using established principles from the field of computer science; Computer Information Systems (CIS) students study the application of computers in managing business data and Technology students have a very hands-on approach to studying the latest applied technology that businesses use.
Clayton State University has a dual-degree agreement with Georgia Tech for students who are interested in pursuing all fields of engineering. Clayton State does not offer a degree in CIS.
Computer scientists study the theory behind a broad range of topics, including Operating Systems, Databases, Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Distributed Systems, Algorithms, Complexity Theory, Mathematics, and much more.
To develop engaging computer games, you need all of those skills to be solid. For example, HCI experts study the layout of a game interface (where the buttons go, how mice clicks get mapped to the game, etc.); databases are used to store the mass amounts of information found in large-scale games - which, by the way, are often distributed. How do monsters find their way around walls to kill you? Algorithms, that's how. And how do you create and render all these 3D worlds, anyway? It's all based in mathematics.
That being said, the computer gaming industry brought in over $21 billion in 2008. It's a thriving area that draws in a lot of money.
Does this restrict your career to game development? NO. If you have the skills to develop computer games, you can certainly develop other things as well; or if you prefer, you can continue on to graduate school!
Is housing available?
Yes! Even if you're planning on majoring in mathematics, you'll be using your laptop as a primary resource. Check out our recommendations on our website.
Computer Science is a subset of math, meaning you will need to take math that computer scientists frequently use. There are two "tracks" through the CS degree, depending on if you have had pre-calc or not. Those who have not will need to take it, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, and Statistics. Students who are prepared to take Calculus their first semester will take Calculus II as well.
CIMS offers a majority of its courses in a traditional lecture format. However, we offer several courses online where appropriate (depending on the course). For non-traditional students, we offer several of our core courses at night. A course is usually offered either 2 or 3 days per week. Courses are occasionally offered as 'mini-mesters' - and last for approximately 1/2 of the semster; however, these classes usually meet 4 or 5 times per week for extended periods of time.
Our faculty come from some of the best research universities in the country, but have a passion for teaching. Smaller classroom sizes enable student-faculty interaction, which is often the reason that so many students come to CSU. Beyond the classroom, our faculty are active in the area of research, such as obtaining research grants, publishing in conference proceedings and journals. Outside the University, our faculty are actively involved in community projects.
Most of our graduates go directly into industry or continue on to graduate school. For those of you going into industry, data shows that (even in our economic times) that there is a steady growth of jobs in CS and IT, with consistent raises in salary. But, don't take our word for it! According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, "Computer scientists and database administrators are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next decade. Strong employment growth combined with a limited supply of qualified workers will result in excellent employment prospects for this occupation and a high demand for their skills." Their salaries reflect this demand.
Even InfoWorld backs this up by saying "The technology profession is proving to be one of the safest careers available during the current economic crisis." There are numerous other articles as well, but overall, the message is the same. They have other articles as well.
For those who are into Web development, IEEE has an interesting report on job prospects.
For those of you who hate to read, here's a visual representation that might inspire you.
This program has the flexibility to prepare students for a career in mathematics, engineering, computer science, or secondary education. The program of study also has the flexibility necessary to prepare recipients for graduate studies in mathematics, engineering, and other related disciplines
For more information on possible careers in mathematics, please visit the following websites:
American Mathematical Society
Association for Women in Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society