Computer electronics programs are available at several Vermont schools and are often found in computer science, information systems, or computer security programs. Programs lead to associate's and bachelor's degrees in the field. Students spend time in classroom and computer laboratory settings. Some computer electronics programs include the completion of a capstone or thesis project. The largest public and private non-profit schools in Vermont offering these programs are profiled below, along with a comparison table detailing specific degree programs offered and tuition information.
Champlain College is a 4-year, private not-for-profit college located in Burlington. This liberal arts college has a student population of nearly 3,000 and offers several computer electronics courses through its Information Technology and Sciences Department. The bachelor's degree program in computer information technology includes computer electronics courses in hardware and architecture, technical communication and server-side scripting. Upon successfully completing this program, students have the necessary background necessary for a career as a technician, computer manager or information systems manager. Computer electronics courses are also featured in the computer network and cybersecurity curriculum, including networking and security, securing the enterprise network, computer theory and routers. Students enrolled in this computer electronics program work with VOIP equipment, routers and security devices. Further degree programs are available in computer and digital forensics and also computer science and innovation.
Community College of Vermont
The Community College of Vermont offers certificate and associate's programs to over 6,500 students from its Winooski location on Lake Champlain near the New York border. An associate's program in computer systems management is offered at the school, training students for careers in computer support and security. Coursework includes website development, desktop operating systems, computer user support and concepts of PC hardware.
A 4-year, private not-for-profit university that primarily awards associate's degrees, Landmark College has an associate's program in computer science and gaming available at its Putney campus. Through classes in digital design, programming, data algorithms, game writing and interactive storytelling, students learn how to develop video games for professional companies. The program consists of 61 credit hours, with 34 of those coming in general education and elective courses and the rest coming from the computer science core.
Northern Vermont University (formerly Lyndon State College)
Lyndon State College offers associate's, bachelor's and master's programs at its Lyndonville location in the northeast corner of the state and has associate's and bachelor's programs available in computer science. The bachelor's program requires students to choose from one of three main concentrations: business (consisting of financial and marketing courses), new media (including web design and graphic design classes) or atmospheric sciences (intended for students interested in meteorology). The associate's program consists of most of the courses of the bachelor's core, including Java programming, database systems, networking and object oriented problem solving.
A small liberal arts college located near the Massachusetts border in Marlboro, Marlboro College offers a bachelor's program in computer science to interested individuals. The degree is designed for students who are seeking careers in computer simulations or internet technology. Coursework includes classes in digital media, Linux, artificial intelligence, differential equations and information theory.
Emphasizing critical thinking skills and algorithmic problem-solving, the computer science program at Middlebury College consists of two different tracks and a liberal arts education via the school's Middlebury campus. The traditional track of the program consists solely of computer programming courses, giving students adequate background in programming language and design. The spatial and geometric computation track, on the other hand, is intended for using computer science techniques to solve real-life geographic and geometric issues. Courses include computer architecture, information retrieval and computational geometry.
A military college first founded in 1819 in Northfield, Norwich University is today attended by over 3,400 students and offers two different bachelor's programs for students interested in computer electronics. The first, computer science, grounds students in traditional programming and software engineering knowledge while also including considerable coursework in math and physics. The computer security and information assurance major, on the other hand, trains individuals in policing computer networks, disabling malware, and conducting cyber forensics. Courses on cyberlaw and cybercrime and data structures are included in this program.
St. Michael's College
Offering bachelor's and various different graduate programs from its Colchester campus, St. Michael's College is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1904. The college offers a bachelor's degree in both information systems and computer science; the two programs are differentiated by the information systems program's emphasis on managing and implementing existing technology against the computer science program's emphasis on developing new computer programming and products. Both programs include extensive coursework in math.
University of Vermont
The largest university in the state, the University of Vermont is located in Burlington with over 13,400 students currently attending classes. Various bachelor's and master's programs are available in computer electronics at the college. Both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts are available in computer science (the B.S. includes more science, math and engineering courses, while the B.A. offers more classes in the arts, social sciences and humanities), as well as a B.S. in computer science and information systems for individuals also interested in business. A Master of Science in Computer Science is also offered for post-graduates; students must either complete 30 credits of coursework and complete a thesis or capstone project or complete 33 total credit hours for graduation.
Vermont Technical College
Vermont Technical College is a public 4-year school in Randolph Center, granting both associate's and bachelor's degrees. The school has a 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and offers both 2-year and 4-year programs related to computer electronics. The associate's in computer electronics program gives students a foundation in computer hardware and software. Students enrolled in this program take such classes as analog computer electronics, digital electronics, microprocessor systems and object-oriented programming. VTC also offers a bachelor's program in computer engineering technology. Students embarking upon this computer electronics course may take such classes as electrical circuits, electronics for CPE, digital circuits, microcomputer techniques and technical communication. Students also receive training in computer architecture, computer security and advanced operating systems.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Computer Electronics Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition Fees (2018-19)|
|Champlain College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology,
Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Networking and Cybersecurity,
Bachelor of Science in Computer and Digital Forensics,
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Innovation
|Community College of Vermont||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate of Science in Computer Systems Management|| $7,120 (in-state)*
|Landmark College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant rural||Associate of Science in Computer Science||$56,800*|
|Northern Vermont University (formerly Lyndon State College)||4-year, public; remote town|| Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science,
Associate of Science in Computing
| $12,074 (in-state)*
|Marlboro College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant rural||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science||$40,840*|
|Middlebury College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science||$54,450*|
|Norwich University||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Bachelor of Science in Computer Science,
Bachelor of Science in Computer Security and Information Assurance
|St. Michael's College||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Computer Science,
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
|University of Vermont||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Computer Science,
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science,
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems,
Master of Science in Computer Science
| $18,276 (undergraduate, in-state)
$42,516 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$13,272 (graduate, in-state)
$31,452 (graduate, out-of-state)
|Vermont Technical College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; rural|| Associate of Engineering in Computer Engineering Technology,
Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering Technology,
| $15,108 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator