Work with a Faraday Cage. Learn to stay a step ahead of cyber criminals. Experiment with a 3D printer and robotics. Refurbish scrapped computers in our lab. Lakeland’s computer science program is an all-encompassing foray into the ever-changing world of computers and how they work. Here, you won’t focus on just programming, database or system analysis. You’ll learn it all, with multiple classes that span all disciplines.
“As a computer science student at Lakeland, you don’t have to specialize,” says Cynthia Lindstrom, assistant professor of computer science, who has a doctorate in computing and information technology and has more than 20 years of corporate computer science experience. “In fact, you can’t specialize here. You will be a generalist; you will know a little bit about everything. And that’s what businesses are looking for today.”
Land with a big company
Recent Lakeland College computer science graduates have landed jobs at Briggs & Stratton and General Electric in Milwaukee, Kohler Co. in Kohler and The Manitowoc Company in Manitowoc, among many others. In addition, Lindstrom says, internships are a regular part of the program.
“One of the best things students can put on their résumés is that they have actually worked, hands-on, with many of the companies in our area. We have numerous internships going on every term and during the summer, and we try to get our students internships that match their interests.”
Computer Science: Education and Non-education Majors
(45-46 semester hours)
- CPS 200 Programming I
- CPS 210 Database Basics
- CPS 212 Programming II
- CPS 362 Introduction to Data Structures
- CPS 440 Database Management
- CPS 445 Systems Analysis and Design (Writing Intensive)
- MAT 250 Discrete Mathematics
At least 24 semester hours from the following:
- CPS 221 COBOL Programming
- CPS 250 Information Security and Forensics I
- CPS 280 Special Topics in Computer Science
- CPS 313 Advanced Programming
- CPS 315 Object-Oriented Programming I
- CPS 316 Object-Oriented Programming II
- CPS 320 Computer Hardware
- CPS 325 Networking and Telecommunications
- CPS 340 Visual Basic
- CPS 400 Internship in Computer Science
- CPS 420 Operating Systems
- CPS 450 Information Security and Forensics II
- CPS 480 Special Topics in Computer Science
- CPS 490 Independent Study in Computer Science
Up to eight semester hours from the following non-CPS designated courses:
- MAT 370 Numerical Analysis
- A Foreign Language Course
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland College computer science students from recent graduating classes have landed:
- IT assistant, Saco Polymers
- Programmer, Acuity
- Software QA engineer, JDA
- Systems analyst, GE Healthcare
- Quality technician, Eclipse Manufacturing
- Developer, Dynamic Inc.
- Lab assistant, Aerotech
- Technologist, Chevron
- IT help desk analyst, Orion Energy Systems
- IT support, Hudson Shipping
- Business analyst, The Manitowoc Company
Listed below are some of the internships that Lakeland College students have landed during their stay at Lakeland College:
- Joe Van Horn Chevrolet - Plymouth, Wis.
- Lakeland College IT department - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Sauk County MIS Department - Baraboo, Wis.
Name: Adam Beltran
Hometown: Sheboygan Falls
Eighteen years after graduating from high school, Adam graduated from college.
Between ceremonies, he worked at a couple of Sheboygan factories and got an associate’s degree before enrolling at Lakeland in 2010. Now he’s excelling at one of the most highly regarded companies in Wisconsin – ACUITY, where he writes and modifies programs for commercial insurance.
“It’s awesome,” he says of his job. “It’s very challenging. I only know a fraction of what I will know a year from now. It probably takes between two and two-and-a-half years to learn everything.”
Adam’s interview process at ACUITY, which included a phone conversation and two personal visits, totaled about eight hours. He says Lakeland’s liberal arts based education and its computer science curriculum thoroughly prepared him to take on the competition. For example, few state colleges teach COBOL language, which happens to be a staple atACUITY. Adam also lauds Lakeland’s career development department, which helped him polish his resume and introduced him to job fairs, mock interviews and speed networking.
“Lakeland really reinforced a couple of key things for me,” Adam says. “One is to think for yourself; don’t just go along with everyone else all the time. And the other is that when you make a claim, either verbally or on paper, you have to be prepared to back it up with evidence.
“Overall, what Lakeland does is open your eyes to the world and help you understand things on a macro level. It really makes you a well-rounded person.”
Computer Science at Lakeland
One of Lakeland’s newer and most popular classes is forensics, which involves the discovery and recovery of data – often as it relates to crime and cybercrime. This type of expertise is more and more valued, particularly in the areas of law enforcement and corporate law.
That’s where a Faraday Cage comes in. In a Faraday Cage, a computer is shielded from Wi-Fi signals and therefore can’t be accessed or tampered with remotely. It’s called a “computer seizure.” Information can’t be retrieved or erased. It’s a vital tool in legal cases and the use of a Faraday Cage allows computer evidence to hold up in court.
“Companies expect our graduates to know how to prevent cybercrime,” says Lindstrom. “Forensics is a fun course and the students love it.”