Computer Science & Information Technology Cluster
Do you enjoy working with numbers, analyzing problems, and innovating?
Technology plays a massive role in our daily lives, which has spurred a significant need for computer science and information technology (IT) professionals. Below are a few of the exciting careers available to those interested in computer science and IT.
- Systems Developer
- Network Technician
- Database Administrator
- Software Designer
- Web Designer
- Instructional Technologist
- Technical Writer
- Management Information Systems (MIS) Manager
- IT Analyst/Manager
The following are just a few courses that you might consider while exploring the computer science and information technology pathway. Please note that course numbers and titles are subject to change. Consult the Course Catalog for current course information.
- MAT 121: Calculus of a Single Variable
- MAT 120: Calculus of a Single Variable Part II
- STA 201: Statistical Methods
- CSC 140 - Foundations of Computer Science
- CSC 144 - Software Architecture
- CSC 151 - Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
- CSC 218 - Computer Organization
- CSC 301 - Algorithms and Data Structures
- CSC 512 - Professional Practice in Computer Science
- CSC 270 - Electronic Instrumentation
General information about off-campus study, travel abroad, passport applications, and affiliated and non-affiliated study abroad programs are available from the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies. Students may participate in multiple off-campus study opportunities during their career at Cornell. In order to be eligible to participate in any off-campus study at Cornell, students must:
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (unless a higher grade point average is specified)
- be in good disciplinary standing with the College
- be in good financial standing with the College
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
- Association of Information Technology Professionals
- Computing Research Association
- Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society
- International Webmasters Association
- Internet Society
- Software and Information Industry Association
- Information Technology Intern, CUNA Mutual Group
- Software Engineering Intern, IBM
- Data Governance/Quality Intern, ACT
- Analyst Intern, Acxiom
Job search resources:
- Berry Career Institute recommended job boards
- Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook - computer science and information technology
- O*Net Online
Fellowship and scholarship options:
Use the “See Alumni” button on the Cornell College page on LinkedIn to view alumni by major, geographic location, industry, etc.
- Software Developer, SportsLab360, LLC
- Business Intelligence Specialist, Clinical Reference Laboratory
- Information Systems Project Manager, Data Recognition Corp.
- Senior Software Engineer, IronNet Cyber Security
- Applications Developer, Merchants Bonding
- Quantitative Research Analyst, Aegon Asset Management
- Web Back-end Automation Engineer, SketchUp
Should I earn a postgraduate degree?
This depends on your career goals and what you'd like to practice:
- A master's degree in computer science is designed to expand and deepen the knowledge and skills acquired as an undergraduate. Holding a master's degree typically increases earnings potential and qualifies you for a wider range of opportunities.
- PhD programs are recommended if you are interested in a career in research or academia.