The computing and information sciences department offers talented high school students an opportunity to learn how computers work, develop programming skills, explore promising career paths, and earn college credit.

Computer Science

high-school_courseDo you want to know what computers really do and how they affect all of our lives, even in ways that you might never suspect?

This course is designed for motivated, talented high school students who want to know how computers accomplish things. The class will be divided between learning computer programming and seeing how computer experts apply their skills to understanding and solving scientific problems.

About 50 percent of the course will develop your computer programming skills. In class, you will use high-level languages with emphasis on hands-on exercises and algorithmic thinking. No prior programming skills are required.

The other half of the course will investigate how computers are used in the sciences, with Valpo experts allowing the students to gain insight into how professionals in a range of disciplines use computers in their daily work. Typical topics might include: weather and climate forecasting, computer graphics for virtual reality and game development, genome analysis, computer security, and geographic information systems.

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How to Apply

This introduction to computer science is part of the Young Scholars Academy for Talented High School Students Program, administered by Continuing Education. The program admits students who demonstrate the ability and motivation to succeed in an academically challenging environment. See the online application page for more information about eligibility and the application process.

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