A Guide to Online Computer Science Degrees in California

California, the most populous state in the U.S., has its fair share of perks. In addition to its remarkably diverse landscape – including the Sierra Mountains, redwood forest, the Mojave desert, Central Valley, and pristine coastline, which afford residents nearly unparalleled outdoor opportunities — the state has one of the most robust economies in the world; in fact, it ranks sixth among all countries. Of course, Los Angeles is the epicenter of anything and everything film/TV, but many other sectors contribute to the state: international trade (LA also has the largest port in the country), tourism, agriculture (fruit, vegetables, dairy, wine, etc.), energy (both oil drilling and solar), healthcare, and education, among others. In total, California’s GDP amounts to $2.5 billion (2015), with over 3% growth, and an unemployment rate below 5%.

Of course, the end of the 20th century through today has signaled the state’s second major gold

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A Guide to Online Computer Science Degrees in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is known for its quaint towns, cobblestone paths, colonial history, and sports. They’re also rightly known for higher education. There are 114 colleges and universities in Massachusetts that are Carnegie Classified. Of them nine are research universities, and most are private institutions. Massachusetts is home to some of the finest higher education institutions in the country — and even the world — including the home of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Boston University, and Brandeis University. It may be of no surprise that there are some extremely innovative start ups taking place in Boston. In fact did you know that in 2016, over 20 healthcare start up companies were formed just in Boston? Combine this new revolution with the traditional industries that make Massachusetts’ economy boom and you have a very diverse economy with a plethora of jobs in myriad of fields but especially computer science.

“The Old Colony

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The Top 20 Computer Science Schools

A degree in computer science can lead to a promising and profitable career in several different verticals. According to a nationwide survey conducted by Michigan State University, college graduates in the class of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering can expect an average starting salary of $56,600, which is the second highest starting salary.

In fact, those bachelor’s degrees in Software Design, Computer Programming, and Computer Science are all included in the top seven degrees in regards to starting salaries. Even those with an associate’s degree and master’s degree in Computer Science & Information Technology are included in the top two earning degrees for graduates.

Even more promising is the fact that eventually the median annual wage for computer and information research scientists will be $102,190, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects this sector to increase by 15 percent

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Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Make-a-Movie

Planning and creating movies using the Make-a-Movie tool requires putting to use some of the practices outlined in the following Next Generation Science Standards:

Science and Engineering Practices

Asking Questions and Defining Problems
A practice of science is to ask and refine questions that lead to descriptions and explanations of how the natural and designed world works and which can be empirically tested.

Developing and Using Models
A practice of both science and engineering is to use and construct models as helpful tools for representing ideas and explanations. These tools include diagrams, drawings, physical replicas, mathematical representations, analogies, and computer simulations.

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
The products of science are explanations and the products of engineering are solutions.

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Scientists and engineers must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively the ideas and methods they generate. Critiquing and communicating ideas individually and in groups is

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BrainPOP attends the Science Online Teen Unconference in New York City

On Saturday, our own Maia Weinstock represented BrainPOP at the inaugural Science Online Teen unconference in New York City. An offshoot of the popular Science Online held each year in North Carolina, the event’s aim was to get New York-area teens thinking and talking about STEM education, STEM careers, and the ways in which STEM topics are communicated online.

The day started out with a rousing keynote speech by Hilary Mason, chief scientist at bit.ly and co-founder of HackNY. Mason discussed how certain well-respected scientists of the past questioned established facts of the day, and how technology has become an incredibly disruptive force within just about every facet of society, especially within the past decade. She challenged the future leaders in the audience to re-think what they know about how the Internet is shaping the future of science, information, technology, and journalism.

Women in STEM

Next up were interactive sessions and workshops led

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Programs for Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, and Innovation


The potential gains from bringing existing technologies into a country like Colombia are vast. Differences in technology adoption can account for up to 75 percent of the income gap across countries. Despite the potential benefits, a recent World Bank report, “The Innovation Paradox,” argues that developing economies are often unable to reap the potentially large gains from innovation and technological catch-up due to institutional failures and missing complementary factors.

The array of available instruments and the quality of policy implementation for entrepreneurship and innovation vary significantly across countries, and in low- and middle-income countries such instruments and policies tend to be highly fragmented. Very often, new instruments are introduced to enhance the quantity and quality of private sector innovation despite limited evidence for their impact. Often, responsibility for implementation of the policy mix is spread across several government agencies, resulting in problems of duplication, incomplete access, and information asymmetry

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Online Master of Science in Computer Science

The UMass Dartmouth Online MS in Computer Science program is a fully online program designed to allow students to graduate in four semesters. The program provides the students with knowledge of core computer science topics in software, systems, and theory and on this foundation builds each student’s expertise in selected areas of specialization. The program through its set of offered electives has a focus on software rather than on computer systems. This focus is rooted in the research and professional expertise of our faculty.

The program offers the same education as our well established MS program offers in our classrooms on the UMass Dartmouth campus. We make every possible effort to ensure that the on-line course is offered by a full-time experienced faculty member who instructs the same course on our campus. The only difference is in the method of course delivery. We make the same commitment to our on-line

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A Guide to Online Computer Science Degrees in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the 6th most populous state in the country and is known for its diverse landscape, unique cultural communities, higher education, and its eclectic cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Both cities are home to some of the finest institutions in the United States- Carnegie Mellon University and Drexel University. Industries like banking, agriculture, and film are still prevalent across the state, with the addition of information technology focused businesses. Philadelphia has shifted to become a much more IT-centric economy. That combined with Pennsylvania’s strong infrastructure, and continual large and small city growth has made Pennsylvania a great option for jobs in computer science.

Computer Science opportunities in Pennsylvania

Thanks to Pennsylvania’s grants for funding tech companies, tax-free zoning, and affordable locations, many tech companies head to Philadelphia and even smaller towns like Harrisburg to launch their latest innovative ideas. And with Pennsylvania’s great location, startups not only benefit from

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Science & Technology | U.S. GAO

Members of Congress and their staff need trusted, nonpartisan information on the performance of federal programs and their outcomes for Americans. GAO offers performance evaluations and other assistance and analysis, which have increasingly included science and technology areas such as:

  • Managing research and development. Scientific research and development are critical to keeping the government and the nation moving forward. This work is often costly and complex, and frequently involves large, multidisciplinary teams that need to manage federal money efficiently and effectively, while accomplishing their work. Learn more about our work on  federal research oversight.
  • Supporting the innovation economy. We assess programs that promote innovation, such as advanced manufacturing, as well as federal policies and funding for the protection of intellectual property. We reported on intellectual property rights in biomedical research and small business assistance.
  • Best practices in government oversight. Our work also provides agencies across the government with guides to
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International Journal of Web Services Research (IJWSR): 1545-7362, 1546-5004: Computer Science & IT Journals


The International Journal of Web Services Research (IJWSR) is the first refereed, international publication featuring the latest research findings and industry solutions involving all aspects of Web services technology. This journal covers advancements, standards, and practices of Web services, as… Show More

Mission & Scope:

Web Services are among the most important emerging technologies in the e-business, computer software and

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