Computer Science (B.A.)
Computer Science is the study of algorithms – formal procedures for problem solving that can be implemented mechanically (in hardware) and linguistically (in software)
The mission of the Computer Science program is to prepare and inspire students for successful employment or graduate study in computing and for thoughtful engagement in the development and application of algorithmic approaches to problem solving.
The Computer Science Bachelor of Arts program at Davis & Elkins is appropriate for students planning graduate study in related fields such as Information Systems, or applied computing careers in business, social services, and government.
Careers in Computing
Computer Science study is relevant to a variety of occupations, such as software developers, network administrators, database specialists, cybersecurity analysts, and information technology support specialists.
Computing occupations like these consistently appear in top rankings for job opportunities, earnings, and job satisfaction.
Many students majoring in computer science have gained practical experience in applied computing and information technology as interns. Internships have included software development and rollout, integration, troubleshooting and maintenance of networks, databases, operating systems and other information technology.
Through these internships, Davis & Elkins students have worked with a variety of organizations:
- Equitrans Midstream
- Mi-Tec Computer Solutions
- Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation
- West Virginia Wood Technology Center
- West Virginia Rivers Coalition
- Randolph County Housing Authority
- The Phillips Group
- Randolph County Community Arts Center
- Randolph County Youth Build
- The Home Ownership Center
- Elkins Trucking Co.
- Johnson Realty
- J.C. Lumber Company
- Master’s Service
- Randolph County Board of Education
- National Radio Astronomy Observatory
- Mountain State Information Systems
For further information contact Associate Professor of Computer Science Steve Mattingly, 304-637-1357, or Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science Dr. Renaud Stauber, 304-637-1204.
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Association for Computing Machinery
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) was established in 1947, making it the world’s oldest society dedicated to educational and scientific computing. With members in more than 100 countries, the ACM is also the largest professional society in the computing field.
The Davis & Elkins College student chapter of the ACM was chartered in 1982. Through college chapters, ACM student members enjoy numerous benefits, including:
- access to free online courses and books
- electronic access to Communications of the ACM, one of the premier journals in computing
- print and electronic versions of the ACM student magazines and newsletters
- email forwarding addresses @acm.org, with spam filtering
- opportunities to participate in programming and research competitions at local, regional and national levels
- a variety of career, scholarship and academic information sources.
Chi Beta Phi
Chi Beta Phi is a national honorary fraternity for students in the sciences and mathematics. Its goals are to promote academic achievement in these fields and to encourage students to pursue related careers.
Students in computer science and computer information systems are eligible for membership in the Davis & Elkins Zeta Chapter of Chi Beta Phi. For regular membership, students must have completed a minimum of 20 semester hours in math and science (biology, environmental science, chemistry, physics, computer science) with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in math and science courses. For associate membership, the requirements are 20 semester hours in math and science with a minimum 2.5 grade point average overall and a 2.5 grade point average in math and science.
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