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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Computer Science & Entrepreneurship (CS&E)


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Associate Professor: Mihaela Sabin
Assistant Professor: Michael Jonas

The computer science & entrepreneurship program combines a solid foundation in computing with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to succeed in today’s start-up and high-tech environments. The program was designed in response to market demand for students proficient in computer science with business knowledge.

Students in the computer science & entrepreneurship program are required to complete three sponsored projects focusing on entrepreneurship, engineering, and a new venture creation. The courses will give students the opportunity to work with industry experts through internships and sponsored research. Students will also be required to create a business plan, which they'll have to pitch to venture capitalists and industry professionals.

Students will focus on developing a solid computer science foundation by taking a set of six courses that include:

Additional courses in the major that help round out the student skill set and address the entrepreneurship component include:

Students will also select three advanced computing topic courses to further develop their computing skills and computational practices.

Sponsored Projects Courses
The CS&E program also requires students to complete three sponsored project courses. These courses will help students build their experience and resume while networking with industry experts.

Entrepreneurship project (sophomore year): In addition to the required business courses, students will also develop skills by completing a project with entrepreneurial value and develop a business plan to pitch to venture capitalists. Projects are judged by local industry professionals and venture capitalists.

Engineering project (junior year): Through an internship course, students will work with an industry partner to build and implement a service or system to add value to the sponsor of the project.

Capstone project and new ventures creation (senior year): The capstone is the culminating experience, which addresses a project or need from a local company. As entrepreneurs, students will develop a product or service and sell it with the same expertise and persuasion that someone would need in the private industry.

The following is an example of a course sequence. The sequence may vary depending upon a student's academic history and transfer credits. Students should contact their academic adviser with specific questions. Courses are subject to change.

First Year

Fall Semester
COMP 415, Mobile Computing 1st and 4most
MATH 425, Calculus
BUS 401, Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENGL 401, Freshman English

Spring Semester
COMP 425, Programming Fundamentals
COMP 430, Systems Fundamentals*
COMP 490, Statistics in Computing & Engineering*
PHYS 407, General Physics I

Second Year

Fall Semester
COMP 500, Discrete Structures*
COMP 525, Data Structures Fundamentals*
Biological Sciences
Social Sciences

Spring Semester
COMP 530, Machine & Network Architecture*
COMP 560, Social Issues & Professional Practice
COMP 590, Internship: Entrepreneurship Project
COMP 625, Data Structures and Algorithms

Third Year

Fall Semester
COMP 630, Systems Software*
COMP 685, Professional Development Seminar
COMP Topic Course
BUS 453, Leadership for Management
Elective Course

Spring Semester
COMP 690, Internship: Engineering Project
COMP Topic Course
Fine and Performing Arts
Elective Course

Fourth Year

Fall Semester
COMP Topic Course
BUS 565, Sales & Sales Management
Historical Perspectives
World Cultures

Spring Semester
COMP 790, Capstone Project
BUS 600, New Ventures Creation
Elective Course
Elective Course

* Course is under development.

Our campus is located in the economic center of the region, which gives students unique opportunities to get real experience working with businesses and organizations. Students can enhance their resumes by getting involved on campus and in the community. Here are just a few examples of what students can do:

Putting a Degree to Work
Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies.

Computer science is America's untapped opportunity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and, there will be one million more computing jobs than students in 2020. Graduates of computer science make an average starting salary of $60,000 according to a 2013 report by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Our students are hired by companies looking for proficiency in problem solving skills, computational thinking, communication, and collaboration. Our students are creative and resourceful team members. Here is a sample of careers to pursue with a computer science degree:

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