About the Major
Computer Science is the study of the representation,
storage, and transformation of information. The subject areas
of computer science include algorithms and data structures,
programming languages, object oriented programming, GUI programming
(Programming for Windows) logic design, operating systems,
compiler design, Internet development, numerical analysis,
data communication and Network Programming, database design,
artificial intelligence, computer graphics, microcomputers,
and software methodologies.
This broad body of knowledge is presented in a manner which
encourages Computer Science majors to develop professional competence,
and acquire intellectual maturity and curiosity; establishing
a long-term commitment to remain current in this rapidly changing
discipline. Indeed, the Computer Science major at the College
is in a continual state of evolution, with new courses being
added to the program and every course in the major being regularly
The Computer Science major at Ramapo is based on the philosophy
that true learning occurs through active participation. This
notion is incorporated throughout the curriculum. For example,
almost all the courses require programming projects that illustrate
and expand the course content. Before completing the major,
each student must design and implement a significant piece of
software as their senior project. Additionally, Computer Science
students are encouraged to participate in one of the many experiential
learning opportunities available through off-campus internships.
Computers are pervasive in todays world and Ramapo College
Computer Science graduates have available to them a broad range
of career opportunities in business, government, and academia.
Our recent graduates have established careers in software development,
project management, research, marketing, database development
and administration, systems administration, quality assurance,
education, management, consulting and sales. Our students often
continue on to graduate school.
The Computer Science faculty brings a wide diversity of experience
in industry and academia. Networking, object oriented programming,
database design, UNIX programming, artificial intelligence,
GUI programming, software methodologies, programming languages,
numerical analysis and computer graphics are areas well represented
by the faculty.
Students interested in programs involving the study of information
systems should also note the Colleges Information
Systems major offered by the School
of Administration and Business.