J Mathew 1
Jogy Mathew ID #: 1038703
Degree:Bachelor of Science Mentor: Electra Weeks
RegisteredArea: Science, Math, and Technology
I am in my third semester at Empire StateCollege (ESC), and I have come to realize that the world today isvery competitive in every essence, be it socially or economically. Tosucceed, I have to accomplish my degree program, get a goodcertificate that will enable me to achieve my set goals and ambitionsin life – that is what is giving me motivation in pursuing my degreeprogram. The degree program which I have chosen to pursue is aBachelor of Science with a concentration in Computer Science. I havechosen Computer Science because it offers a broad range ofprofessions. The rate at which the world is digitalizing and theinternet developing, everything will soon be tied to ComputerScience, and therefore it will offer me a wide range of career in thejob market. In fact, according to Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS),74% of new STM jobs through 2022 will be in computing and inparticular Computer Science.
My main ambition now is to finish abachelor degree in the registered area of study of Science, Maths,and Technology with the emphasis in Computer Science. The goals Ihave set for myself in pursuing this degree are quite numerous -ranging from professional to personal and I am confident that EmpireState College will enable me to achieve these goals and ambitions.Moreover, I am hopeful that the degree program plan focusing on theaspect of the Computer Science I have chosen will be vital inachieving my career goals of being a professional computer programmerand ambition of becoming well knowledgeable, educated, and possessingskills in many areas. Completion of this degree program will give mea head start to pursuing my master degree in the same field having adistinct set of abstract principles and concepts.
While developing my degree program plan, Icarried my research in (ESC) catalog, from friends in the sameprofession, and other people in computer science field. I also didsome research on books and finally shared the same with my mentor whoencouraged me to explore every avenue to assist in defining myeducational goals. Eventually, I reviewed the information I havegathered in consultation with ESC`s curricular guidelines and come upwith my degree program. According to ESC`s, guideline, the studentsshould emphasize on objectives of computer science to demonstrate astrong understanding of those intellectual concepts and principles. Ibelieve concentration in computer science will benefit me a lotbecause I have always had an interest in becoming a professionalcomputer programmer.
The ESC’s guideline for computer sciencerequires all SMT students to have knowledge in their area of choicewhich includes following:
Algorithms and Complexity
Architecture, Organization, Operating Systems and Net-centric Computing.
Ihave Computer Science introductory level from the Indira Gandhi OpenUniversity in the concentrations mentioned above to address ESC`sguideline requirement. According to ESC guidelines, a studentintending to take Computer Science must have a good foundation andwell-developed skills in Mathematics, Programming, SoftwareEngineering, Architecture, Organization, Operation System, andNet-centric Computing. I have addressed Mathematics guidelinerequirement in my course in basic Mathematics that dwelt mostly inbasic logic, discrete probability, proof techniques, basic ofcounting, function, relation, and sets. For Programming, I have donea course in Science and Technology that focuses on C- Programming andData Structure as well as +C++ and Object Oriented Programming. Ihave also addressed Software Engineering requirement in my course onIntroduction to Software Engineering which focuses on Mathematics forComputing (1F), Software Evaluation and Processes, DatabaseManagement Systems, Elements of Systems Analysis, and Design.
Also, ESC General Guideline states thatComputer Science students should have general knowledge in thefollowing areas and of which I have met as follows:
The social context of computing – I have done a course in Humanities and Social Science that focuses on the basics of Social context of computing.
Professional and ethical responsibility – My course in Humanities and Social Science gives extensive knowledge in Professional and ethical responsibility.
Civil liberties and history of computing – I have a course in Invention by Design that addresses many issues concerning Civil liberties and history of computing.
Intellectual property – I intend to do an Intellectual property course at ESC to meet the requirement.
Privacy- My course in Invention by Design that provides a comprehensive knowledge in Privacy.
Accordingto the ESC General guideline, a degree in computer science shouldinclude a broad liberal science background as well as generalknowledge because they help the student fully understand and masterComputer Science.
When I completed my bachelor of science incomputer science, I will be able to secure career opportunities thatmay be within my reach. I will be able to rise in ranks as I continueto upgrade my degree to the next level. I believe in my skills andadding to academic expertise and knowledge I will be able to take mycreative ability to the next step. Bachelor of degree will allow meto secure a job in large enterprises as a software applicationdeveloper, computer system analyst, network systems administrator andweb developer. My knowledge and skills gained during my computerscience degree program will be vital in working and keeping highperformance in these careers.
It is my hope that getting this degree atESC will enable me to move up the ladder as far as my careerdevelopment is concerned.