Computers have become such an essential part of our lives that most of us no longer think about them. We expect that they will be there – streamlining our workplace, accessing our information and providing our entertainment. That’s where computer science graduates come in: they create and maintain computer and information technologies so the rest of us can live better lives.
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.
At Lakeland University, 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 ... 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.” - Cynthia Lindstrom, Associate Professor of Computer Science, who has a Doctorate in Computing and Information Technology and has more than 20 years of corporate computer science experience.
The computer science major enables students to position themselves “inside” the already-accomplished computer revolution. Majors are presented with a practical background in programming and data management, as well as the skills that will allow them to devise and implement computer solutions to real-world problems.
At the upper levels of coursework, students use electives to guide and focus their own studies, preparing themselves for careers in applications programming, information technology and systems management.
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.”
Computer Science students enrolled in Lakeland's traditional program on the main campus have the ability to gain 12-18 months of full-time work experience and academic credit for their work through our Cooperative Education program. A combination of scholarships and wages will help significantly reduce or eliminate post-graduation debt.