UH Hilo Press Release
Date: Monday, October 16, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642
For Immediate Release
Applications being accepted for Distance Learning B.S. in Computer Science
The University of Hawaii at Hilo is now accepting applications for its Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Computer Science to be offered via the Distance Learning Program.
Students in this cohort will have the opportunity to take all computer science courses required for the degree (58 semester hours) online, commencing in Spring 2007 and concluding in Fall 2010. Those who have completed general education courses and other overall graduation requirements can finish their degree in four years by taking two courses per semester and one course per summer without ever having to go on campus.
“This program prepares graduates to seek high-paying jobs in one of the nation’s fastest growing industries,” commented Dr. Judith Gersting, chair of the computer science department. The U.S. Department of Labor is predicting a 55 percent growth rate in the computer job market by 2012, compared to 16 percent for the entire economy.
UH Hilo’s Computer Science program has been recognized for its outstanding quality based on student performance. The University’s Computer Science majors have scored above the national average on the CS Major Field Achievement Test for 17 of 18 years, and placed in the nation’s top five percent in 2005. Graduates of the program have gone on to work for some of the industry’s most prestigious firms and organizations that rely heavily on computers, including Amazon.com, Microsoft, IBM, Maui High Performance Computing Center, and
the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy.
“The time has never been better to earn a degree and enter the computer job market,” said Gersting. “The industry is looking for skilled people, and we’ve seen a number of our graduates land high-paying jobs with well-known companies. Although distance learning requires a lot of self-discipline, this is a great opportunity for anyone in Hawai`i who wants to pursue a computer science degree.”
The Distance Learning program is designed for full-time or part-time students, or those completing a second degree. It is especially well-suited for individuals who have difficulty attending regularly scheduled classes due to work and/or family obligations. Because all courses are taught on-line, students can work on their own schedule.
Applicants must have completed most of the UH Hilo General Education requirements, including Calculus I, at a community college or elsewhere with a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. Other requirements include ownership of a personal computer with up-to-date Windows software, the ability to install new software as needed, and high-speed Internet connection.
To apply for admission as a UH Hilo Distance Learning student, visit www.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/dl. For more information, contact the Computer Science Department at CSuhh@hawaii.edu or call (808) 974-7450.
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