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Computer Science at Adrian College

We rebuilt computer science programs from the ground up to provide students with the skills and portfolio necessary to get a job after graduation. And, that job is likely to be a good one with the median salary for software developers being over $110,000 in 2020. 

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Developed with Google

Google serves as a curriculum collaborator to the Computer Science and Cloud Computing courses in this program, providing ongoing guidance and feedback on the course topics and learning outcomes.

Median Salary of $110,000+

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developers had a median salary of $110,140 in 2020 and the number of jobs is expected to grow by 22% this decade. 

Hybrid Learning Options

Some courses in this program are taken online & powered by Rize. The core curriculum will be taken on-campus, giving students the best of student life with the flexibility of some online learning. 


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Program Details

Information on what you'll learn, how the degree is built, and the careers that are possible after graduation.

Why Computer Science Matters

Our modern world is built on technology, and it's computer science majors who will build that technology for years to come. Unfortunately, most post-secondary institutions aren't doing enough to meet that need. 

Computer Science programs elsewhere have some of the highest drop-out rates of any degree, so we've designed one to help anyone and everyone get started in this growing career. 

This program is industry-relevant, accessible to all students, and job-focused to ensure your degree is worth the investment. 

Faculty Contributors

By offering some of these courses online, we give students access to world-leading faculty and a curriculum vetted by real Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Charles Severance, University of Michigan - Dr. Charles Severance holds a PhD in Computer Science from Michigan State University. He is the former Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, and one of the world’s leading online CS educators. His contributions and curriculum form the basis of our programming curriculum

Dr. Colleen Van Lent, University of Michigan - Dr. Colleen Van Lent holds a PhD in Computer Science from Pitt. Her work focuses heavily on web design and development, especially in the field of accessibility. The Web Development course series is based on her Web Development for Everybody curriculum.

Professor Sean Joyce, Heidelberg University - Professor Joyce has over 25 years of experience in technology, and has taught Computer Science extensively to Liberal Arts students. His contributions were invaluable in formatting these courses such that they are readily accessible to students.

How does this degree align with the real world?

Google helped us build this degree to ensure that it aligned with the industry needs of the future.

They provide ongoing guidance and feedback on the course topics and learning outcomes, and help ensure that our experts and faculty contributors are aligned to the real-world needs of companies today. 

Career Outlook

Software Developers have a median salary of $110,000 and can often make that while working from home. However, there are many other job opportunities enabled by a major or minor in computer science. Those include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Technical Product Owner
  • Technical Project Manager
  • CS Educator
  • and more!

Curriculum Highlights

This Computer Science program has notably less math than a typical program and sticks to practical lessons rather than theoretical ones.

  • Math Required: Calculus I, Statistics, Probability
  • Hardest Class: Algorithms. This is highly technical and will require you to build a foundation in programming before taking this class. 

About the Partnership

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about Computer Science.

No, but you may need one to get hired, and having a degree in Computer Science provides a massive advantage in earning potential and salary. People with a bachelor’s degree also have a 50% lower rate of unemployment, and on average they make an additional $630,000 to $900,000 over their lifetime, even more in high growth fields like this one.

Yes! The only way to make sure our program gives you the skills you need to get hired and teaches you to work through real-world problems that actually matter is to partner with the people out there who are actually doing it. Our collaboration with Google means that their multi-billion-dollar expertise is reflected in everything you’ll study here.

Computer Science is one of my most desirable career fields today. You’ll have tons of options, but most students discover which piece of the tech puzzle they have a passion for by their 2nd or 3rd year. If sci-fi-inspired possibilities for the future excite you, it may be artificial intelligence. If you would like to be a jack of all trades, you may point towards full-stack programming or web development. As a computer science grad, the high-paying possibilities available to you across industries are essentially endless. 

A flipped classroom is one where the focus is not on lectures, but on discussion, projects, and problem-solving. Students in flipped classrooms get the chance for more instructor feedback, and as a result have been found to learn much, much faster.

If you enjoy creative problem solving, if you like interacting with people to create awesome things, if you are looking for a degree that opens a ton of doors to different high-growth careers, if you are curious about how things work, and if you’re looking for a way to take part in bringing about a better future, you should consider this major.  

Flexibility. Optional Synchronous means our Supply Chain courses can be attended together at one time with other students, or on your own schedule. Many students prefer the learning that comes with live interactions, while other students love the flexibility of doing them whenever they fit into their schedule. 

This major is part of an exclusive partnership between Adrian College and Rize Education, which means you’ll be learning with students from your campus, as well as students from a selective consortium of schools across the country. The goal is to help you begin building a national network of people in your industry before you’ve even graduated. 

Not at all! In fact, recent research shows our “language brain” is more important to programming ability than our “math brain.” So rest assured that, no matter how good (or bad) you are with math, computer science could be the subject for you to earn an incredible salary. 

Rize is a company and technology platform that enables Adrian College to gain access to a network of leading faculty members from across the country. We leverage their platform to offer a select number of our courses online.