Shaping business-savvy tech professionals through innovation and hands-on experience
About This Program
Designed in response to the growing demand for graduates who are both business- and tech-savvy, our Computer Science & Entrepreneurship program gives you the computing and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in today’s start-up and high-tech environments.
You’ll learn the computer science theories to build a strong technical foundation, and apply those theories through real-world experience with our network of local businesses. With one-on-one faculty interaction, cutting-edge lab facilities and face-to-face networking opportunities, you’ll be prepared for a lucrative and impactful career.
Computer Information Systems
Computing drives innovation in all industries, so adding a Computer Information Systems minor to your degree builds both your resume and the foundation for highly desirable technical skills.
Our Entrepreneurship minor is designed to give you the mindset, skills and experience to start your own venture or enhance the success of existing businesses.
Labs & Studios
As a computing major, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities equipped with the latest hardware equipment and software development tools.
Facilities and Equipment
Two large labs set up with peer programming and shared learning in mind, stocked with:
- 16 Dell Latitude E6420 and14 Dell Latitude E4500 with a dual-booting configuration to run Windows 7 and Fedora 17.
- Additional external USB monitor and keyboard and two mice for each Dell Latitude E6420 to improve collaboration on team projects.
- 60 dedicated Ethernet data ports to allow for network design experiments.
- Wireless access for all 30 client computers and any personal computing device that students bring in.
A spacious server room equipped with:
- Three Dell PowerEdge server computers, Ethernet data ports, and networking gear to provide instructional support for the Computing Technology courses.
- A stack of 10 Dell PowerEdge server computers running a Linux server operating system to run experiments in the Capstone Project course.
- Four monitoring consoles to optimize system and network administrative operations.
Two server clusters:
- Speech Server Cluster consisting of a stack of 12 Dell PowerEdge servers running Red Hat Linux server operating system to run Speech experiments in the Capstone Project course.
- GPU Computing Cluster is under construction, made possible with a recent grant from NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. The state-of-the-art cluster will allow students to analyze medical imagery, explore models of speech and leverage GPU computing and CUDA C/C++ in their courses.
Our lab laptops are powerful development platforms configured to run a large variety of tools and utilities. Visit our Lab Laptops Software wiki page for a complete list of installed software products.
- A private cloud of four to eight virtual machines running Windows and Linux server operating systems, managed with VMware vSphere, is updated each semester to meet course instruction and student project needs.
- Server applications and run-time environments (BinNami and XAMPP) are configured to provide MediaWiki, Apache web, and MySQL database services.
- Shared network drives and staging server virtual machines support student project activities.
- OpenComputing public wiki, set up to share computing resources and document student projects.
- A Balsamiq academic license offers mockup building tools to design user experiences for course projects.
- A Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) membership gives students access to Microsoft developer and designer tools software.
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Meet Our Faculty
Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Computing majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:
- 2KR Systems
- International Institute of New England
- Manchester School District
Throughout the CS&E program, you’ll put your classroom learning to work, build your resume and network with industry experts through three business-sponsored projects.
Entrepreneurship project (sophomore year): You’ll sharpen your business skills by developing a business plan to pitch to venture capitalists.
Engineering project (junior year): You’ll intern with an industry partner, to building and implementing a service or system that adds value to the partner organization.
Capstone project and new ventures creation (senior year): The culminating experience of the program, the Capstone addresses a project or need of a local business. You’ll use your entrepreneurial savvy to develop a product or service, then sell it with the same expertise and persuasion as someone in the private industry.
Emactus is an award-winning international organization that mobilizes students around the world to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Join fellow business-savvy students to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world through local projects and community engagement.
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Computing Technology Industry Advisory Board
The Computing Technology Industry Advisory Board (CT-IAB) advises and supports the Computing Technology program in its effort to meet the economic development needs in New Hampshire and the region, and to educate computing majors at UNH Manchester in three degree programs:
- Computer Information Systems, B.S.
- Computer Science & Entrepreneurship, B.S.
- Information Technology, M.S.
The CT-IAB provides counsel and support in:
- Curriculum design and authentic project experiences
- Lab infrastructure and services
- Partnerships with business, industry, government, educational and nonprofit organizations
- Developing educational pathways to computing education and careers for all, in particular for underrepresented students
The board includes computing professionals, researchers and leaders who represent local industry, business, government, education and nonprofit organizations.
- Tim Chadwick, Database Alchemist, Dyn, Inc.
- Jeff DeLangie, Director of the Technology Resource Center, Manchester School District
- Eric Esposito, Director of Technology, SilverTech, Inc.
- David Hubbs, Professor, Nashua Community College
- Ryan Marcoux ('08, computer information systems), Senior Software Developer, Liberty Mutual
- Suzanne Poirier, Director Software Development, Skillsoft, Nashua
- Andrew Schwab ('09, computer information systems), IT Infrastructure Manager, Adventures in Mission
- Craig Smith, Principal Software Engineer, Newforma
- Jason Syversen, CEO, Siege Technologies, LLC
- Chris Zalegowski ('08, computer information systems), IT/IS Manager, NH Public Defender
Technology is advancing daily, and the need for tech-savvy graduates is growing alongside it.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates positive growth in many computing professions, projecting one million more computing jobs than students in 2020. In its spring 2015 Salary Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows computer science majors earn the top average starting salary among computer and information sciences graduates at the bachelor’s degree level.
Combined with growing market demand, the business and tech chops you’ll develop at UNH Manchester translate to an impactful and lucrative career.
Job Title Job Growth Average Salary Computer Network Architect 15% $91,000 Computer Science Teacher, Postsecondary 19% $72,200 Computer Systems Analysts 25% $79,680 Database Administrator 37% $86,170 Information Security Analyst 37% $86,170 Software Developer 22% $93,530
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COMP 405 - Introduction to Internet and Web Authoring
COMP 411 - Introduction to Computer Applications
COMP 415 - Mobile Computing First and For Most
COMP 425 - Introduction to Programming
COMP 490 - (M1) - Statistics in Computing and Engineering
COMP 500 - (M1) - Discrete Structures
COMP 505 - Advanced Web Authoring
COMP 510 - Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems
COMP 515 - Multimedia: Introduction and Applications
COMP 520 - Database Design and Development
COMP 542 - Operating System Applications
COMP 550 - Networking Concepts
COMP 560 - Computer Law and Ethics
COMP 625 - Advanced Application Programming
COMP 640 - Human Computer Interaction
COMP 650 - Network Administration and Maintenance
COMP 685 - Professional Develop Seminar
COMP 690 - Internship Experience
COMP 698 - Special Topics
COMP 705 - Web Application Development
COMP 715 - Information Security
COMP 720 - Database Application Development
COMP 725 - Programming Languages
COMP 730 - Object Oriented Software Development
COMP 780 - Advanced Topics in Computing
COMP 790 - Capstone Project
COMP 795 - Independent Study