Aurora Computer Science Programs
In the Aurora, Colorado, area students can find a variety of schools offering computer science programs. Find out about the undergraduate and graduate programs offering courses in networking, programming or hardware operating systems. Some programs lead to industry certifications. See the table to learn more about each of the three schools featured in this overview.
- The Community College of Aurora is about 5 miles from the city center and enrolls more than 8,000 students and offers several associate's degree programs in computer science areas.
- The University of Denver is a 4-year, private not-for-profit school that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computer science and is about 7 miles from downtown.
- Also about 7 miles from downtown is the largest of these three schools, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Here, students can earn bachelor's degrees or pursue minors in computer science.
Comparison of Schools
The following table lists each school's tuition, size, and type along with other information to consider.
|Community College of Aurora||University of Denver||Metropolitan State University of Denver|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||8,026*||11,434*||20,304*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,702 in-state; $13,896 out-of-state*||$48,669*||$7,352 in-state; $20,149 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||65%*||87%*||71%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||58%*||64%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||54% for full-time students*||87% for full-time students*||63% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2017)||29% (14% transfer-out rate) Students who began in fall of 2014*||75% (Students who began fall 2011)*||28% (27% transfer-out rate) Students who began in fall 2011*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Community College of Aurora
With two campuses located in the Aurora area, the Community College of Aurora (CCA) is one of the city's most accessible college systems. As of 2018, the 2-year college offers about 100 degree and certificate programs and has a large computer department. Collaboration between CCA and local businesses ensures that the computer science program teaches the most relevant skills for the field.
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems
This associate's degree program prepares students for entry-level employment as computer specialists. The curriculum for this 60-credit degree program includes courses on networking concepts, programming, systems analysis and operating systems. Business practices will also be explored.
Associate of Applied Science in IT Tech and Support
This associate's degree program is specially designed for individuals who wish to go into the information technology and support field. Students in the program learn about networking concepts and how to configure and maintain computers and systems. The program requires 62 total credits and includes coursework in PC help desk skills, application software, networking and information systems.
Associate of Applied Science in Networking
This degree program requires the completion of 62 credits, including 16 credits of general education coursework. Students learn computer skills directly related to networking concepts. Coursework topics include Linux, network security, information assurance and computer programming.
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming
Students who earn this associate's degree are equipped with the technical knowledge and skills to secure entry-level jobs in computer programming. Individuals may take courses in system analysis and design, Java programming, C++ programming, complete web authoring and advanced C# programming. In order to earn this degree, students must complete 61 credits of coursework.
University of Denver
The University of Denver offers over 200 degree programs, according to the school website in 2018, and has an average class size of 21 students, including many programs in computer science. These undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the university's School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Students in the bachelor's degree program in computer science learn both the theory and technical knowledge needed to work within the computer science field. They learn how information is analyzed, communicated and encoded through the use of computer systems. The study of algorithms and mathematics is central to this degree program; students enrolled in the program will also earn a minor in mathematics automatically, by completing their required courses. Other coursework in the program includes discrete structures, programming, computer organization and operating systems. Students need to complete 183 quarter credit hours to earn this degree.
Master of Science in Computer Science
The master's degree program in computer science at the University of Denver provides advanced study in the subject and strongly emphasizes research. The program offers small class sizes taught by faculty members who actively conduct research and publish their findings. Students gain a broad understanding of foundational topics in the field as well as the newest technology. Both non-thesis and thesis options are available, and students can take courses in data structures, networking, computer graphics and compiler construction.
PhD in Computer Science
This degree will require 90 credit hours of coursework. Students will need to pass written and oral examinations, participate in seminars and complete a doctoral dissertation.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver offers an average class size of 21 students. The school has 86 bachelor's and 5 master's degrees. Students interested in computer science can enroll in a bachelor's degree program through the school's Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. A computer science minor is also available.
Minor in Computer Science
A minor in computer science is an option for an individual who has an interest in the subject but is enrolled in another major program. Majors in engineering, math or science are particularly suited for combination with the computer science minor. Students are required to complete eight credits of core coursework in computer science and 12 credits of electives.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Students in this 120-credit program take courses in science, mathematics and computer science topics, as well as general studies courses. Computer science areas covered include computer organization, operating systems, algorithms and software engineering. Mathematics is also an important part of this degree program with courses in calculus, probability and statistics. The program provides sufficient preparation for a student who wishes to find a job in the field after graduation or for one who wishes to go on to graduate-level study.
Other School Options
There are at least three other schools in the Aurora area that offer degree programs in computer science. Prospective students might consider Regis University, Arapahoe Community College and University of Colorado - Boulder.