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Computer Science Schools in Aurora with Degree and Course Info

There are six schools in the Aurora area offering computer science programs. Learn about the degree programs offered at three schools within 20 miles of downtown Aurora.

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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 at the end of the article 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 7,000 students and offers several associate's degree programs in computer science areas.
  • The University of Denver is a 4-year, private school that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computer science and is 15 miles from downtown.
  • Twenty 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.

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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 (2014) 7,617* 11,809* 21,674*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,538 in-state; $13,256 out-of-state* $44,178* $6,420 in-state; $20,057 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 64%* 84%* 68%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admission 76%* 65%*
Retention Rate (2014) 55% for full-time students* 86% for full-time students* 63% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 18% (10% transfer-out rate)* 76%* 24% (32% transfer-out rate)*

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. The 2-year college offers more than 40 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, computer systems analysis, computer science and hardware and operating systems. Graduates of this program may be eligible to test for various industry certifications, including Linux and A+.

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 60 total credits and includes coursework in PC help desk skills, PC applications, networking and information security.

Associate of Applied Science in Networking

This degree program requires the completion of 60 credits, including 16 credits of general education coursework. Students learn computer skills directly related to networking concepts. Coursework topics include Unix, network security, network server basics and program design.

Associate of Applied Science in 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, computer architecture and advanced programming. In order to earn this degree, students must complete 60 credits of coursework.

University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver serves more than 11,000 students on a 125-acre campus in Denver, Colorado. The school offers more than 170 undergraduate programs and more than 120 graduate programs, including three 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 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

Students in the doctoral program complete research in an area of their interest; supported areas of research include software engineering, graphics, multimedia, programming languages and numerical computing. In addition to taking 90 credit hours of coursework, students 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 is one of the largest public universities in the country and offers 55 majors, 90 minors and 40 certificate programs. 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 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.

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