School and Ranking Info
There are four schools within roughly ten miles of Charleston, SC, that offer instruction in communication technology, which may be found in a computer science program. The four schools include three public colleges and one private, not-for-profit university. The latter was chosen as the best school for communications technology based upon its undergraduate degree options and opportunities for internships.
- Winner: Charleston Southern University is one of the biggest private schools in the state and offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs, including three bachelor's degrees in computer and information sciences.
School Info Chart
|Category||Charleston Southern University|
|School Type||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $22,090*|
|Computer Science Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Computer Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||5*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||36%*|
|Noteworthy||ABET has approved the Bachelor Science in Computer Science program|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
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Charleston Southern University
- Computer and information science faculty includes professors with Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees
- The college's Applied Learning Experience (APPLE) program provides opportunities for internships
- Qualified graduates have found positions with Intel, NASA and Microsoft, among other employers
At Charleston Southern University's College of Science and Mathematics, students will find programs in biology, computer and information sciences, math and physical science, as well as an aerospace science program administered by the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Undergraduates who are interested in communication technologies can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Computer and Information Sciences.
The BA in Computer and Information Sciences program requires 49 credits in liberal arts and 43 credits of major coursework in applied networking and systems, data structures and systems analysis, among other topics. Undergraduates can also complete a 9-12-credit track in human computer interface, information technology management, networking or systems. The ABET-accredited BS in Computer and Information Sciences program does not allow for specializations, but the 56 hours of major coursework do provide additional instruction in advanced operating systems, algorithms and computer architecture. Undergraduates with an associate degree in a pre-approved field can transfer into the BTech program.