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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Computer Science curriculum should I choose?

What types of jobs can I secure after completing a degree in Computer Science?

If I do not have a college degree, will completion of a certificate program prepare me to find a job in the computer field?

If I have a college degree in another field can I be exempt from computer course prerequisites?

May I register for Computer Science courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program?


What hours are the computer rooms open?

Which languages, operating systems, and software packages are offered by the Computer Science & Information Technology Department?

If I do not like Math can I still succeed as a Computer Science major?

Who is my advisor?

What are my professor's office hours?

 

1. Which Computer Science curriculum should I choose?

The Computer Science Transfer curriculum is designed for students wishing to transfer to a four-year college. The Computer Science Transfer program attempts to replicate the curriculum you would study during your first two years at a four-year school. Since colleges have some differences in their programs, the Computer Science Transfer curriculum may not coincide with the exact curriculum of a particular school. For example, there might be differences in the introductory programming language adopted, as well as Science and Math requirements. Talk to your advisor to discuss the requirements of the particular colleges that you are considering attending. This curriculum has difficult Math and Science requirements, and is recommended for those students with strong Math and Science backgrounds.

The Computer Information Systems - General Option is recommended for those students wishing to enter the job market upon graduation from Middlesex County College. Many, but not all, of the courses in this degree program will transfer to upper division colleges. The curriculum includes courses in Programming Languages, Operating Systems, Database, and the Internet. For information about transferability of courses in this curriculum, see your advisor. This curriculum has less difficult Math requirements than the Computer Science Transfer curriculum, so students who are not strong in Math are encouraged to select this curriculum.

The Computer Information Systems - Network Administration and Support Option is recommended for those students wishing to enter the job market upon graduation from Middlesex County College. In particular, students graduating from this program will work in the Networking field. Students will be prepared to take some certification tests upon completion of this program. Some of the courses in this program may not transfer to an upper division college. 

 

2. What types of jobs can I secure after completing a degree in Computer Science?

The Computer Information Systems - General Option prepares you for the following jobs:

  • Database Administrator
  • Software Engineer
  • GUI Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Programmer
  • Internet Developer
  • Programmer
  • UNIX Administrator
  • PC Applications Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Help Desk Specialist
  • PC Support Technician
  • Computer Hardware/Software Salesperson
  • Technical Trainer

The Computer Information Systems - Network Administration and Support Option prepares you for the following jobs:

  • Workstation Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Network System Support Personnel
  • Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting Technician
  • Communications Technician
  • Communications Manager
  • Network Manager

 

3. If I do not have a college degree, will completion of a certificate program prepare me to find a job in the computer field?

It is unlikely that you will be able to locate a job in the computer field after completing a certificate program without a previous college degree. Therefore, all certificate programs require that you have previously acquired a college degree.

 

4. If I have a college degree in another field can I be exempt from computer course prerequisites?

If you desire to take a few computer courses without getting a degree from Middlesex County College, you may be able to skip some prerequisite courses.

If you have a degree from an American college or university, you can take any computer course. It is strongly recommended that you speak with an advisor to determine whether you have the technical background required for each course before you register.

If you have a degree from a foreign college or university, you must meet with Prof. Richard Roy of the English as a Second Language Department. The ESL Department is located in Johnson Learning Center, Room 270; and Prof. Roy's phone number is 732-906-2597. Prof. Roy will determine your proficiency in English. If you are found to be competent enough in English in order to succeed in credit-bearing courses, you must meet with Dr. Farrett, the Chairperson of Computer Science & Information Technology Department. Dr. Farrett will determine whether you have the technical background required for the courses in which you wish to enroll.

If you have a degree from an American college or university, then you must submit official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar in Chambers Hall. Your degree will be evaluated to determine whether any of your previous coursework is transferable. You may have some prerequisites waived if you have already taken equivalent courses during your previous studies.

If you have a degree from a foreign college or university, you must have your degree evaluated by the World Education Service; and then you must submit the evaluation to the Office of the Registrar in Chambers Hall. Your degree will be evaluated to determine whether any of your previous coursework is transferable.

 

5. May I register for Computer Science courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program?

If you are admitted to the college you may register for Computer Science courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program.

 

6. To which four-year schools can I transfer after completing the Computer Science Transfer program?

Some of the schools to which Computer Science Transfer students have been admitted include:

Rutgers University, New Brunswick (all Colleges)

  • Rutgers University, Newark
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Montclair State University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Stockton State College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Rochester
  • Drexel University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maryland
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Virginia
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Washington University
  • San Francisco State University
  • York University
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    7.How much time will I have to spend in the computer room outside of class hours?

    The amount of after class hours required in lab will vary. It depends on the course and your background.

     

    8. What hours are the computer rooms open?

    Official open computer room is IRC115.

    Fall Hours:
    Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
    Saturday- closed
    Sunday-closed

     

    9. Which languages, operating systems, and software packages are offered by the Computer Science & Information Technology  Department?

    The Computer Science & information Technology Department offers courses in the following languages, operating systems, and software packages:

    • Dev C++
    • Visual Studio 2008
    • Java
    • CGI Programming with Perl
    • HTML
    • Windows Vista
    • UNIX
    • UNIX System Administration
    • Windows Workstation Administration
    • Windows Server Administration
    • Microsoft Office 2007

     

    10.If I do not like Math can I still succeed as a Computer Science major?

    You can succeed in Computer Science if you do not like Math, however, there is a definite correlation between your likelihood of success and your Math skills. The field of Computer Science requires that you have strong logical reasoning capabilities. You should also exhibit strong problem solving skills.

     

    11. Who is my advisor?

    If you are a full-time Computer Science student then you have been assigned a faculty advisor who is a member of the Computer Science & Information Technology Department. You will receive a letter each semester with your advisor's name and extension. If you do not receive this letter, you can call the Advising Center at 732-906-2596 to find out your advisor's name.

    If you are a part-time student, you have not been assigned a faculty advisor. You can speak with an advisor by calling the Advising Center at 732-906-2596, or by visiting the Advising Center in Chambers Hall, Room 109. If you need to speak to a Computer Science advisor, see the Department Assistant in Johnson Learning Center, Room 201, or call the Computer Science & Information Technology Department at 732-906-2526.

     

    12. What are my professor's office hours?

    Review the course syllabus that your professor distributed in class at the start of the semester. Contact the Computer Science & Information Technology Department at 732-906-2526 or inquire at the department's office located in the Johnson Learning Center, Room 201.

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