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Make Computer Science Courses Count toward Graduation Credits

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society.
Please help us make computer science count as a math or science entrance requirement at PA colleges and universities.

Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation.

Computer science courses should count toward math or science entrance requirements for higher education. Computer science is driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. More than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and computer science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. In fact, by 2018, PA will need to fill 285,890 STEM-related jobs, and 49% of these jobs will be in computing.

Current computer science courses often do not count towards a student’s required coursework – they are treated as electives. Given the academic demands of high school computer science courses, colleges and universities in our state should count high school computer science as a math or science entrance requirement. Doing so will encourage high school students to take computer science courses and pursue computer science in college coursework and careers.

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    Frank T. Brogan

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