Purdue University - Department of Computer Science - Building a Bridge

Building the Bridge: Hands on Learning

Bridge Winner

In the next ten years, careers in computing will comprise more than 73% of all jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Computer Science is the fastest growing area in the STEM field. The Purdue Computer Science Department has a near 100% placement rate and our graduates earn among the highest salaries of all Purdue graduates.

In anticipation of the expected need and anticipated growth of computer science, the CS Department has taken steps to ensure the success of all students admitted to the program.  With that in mind, the Bridge Program, sponsored by the Harris Corporation, was established to help students with a high potential for Computer Science, but with little or no programming experience.  Students learn basic computer science and programming concepts at a comfortable pace in a fun and informal environment.

 The Bridge Program is also designed to help incoming students be successful in the first CS class – CS 18000. Class topics include Java Basics, Input and Output, Primitive Types, Selection, Repetition, Arrays, Methods, Classes, Inheritance, Graphical User Interfaces, and Dynamic Data Structures.

 During the two-week program, students get to experience college life and reside in campus residence halls. This experience helps students develop a network of peers and make lasting friendships that are vital to their academic success. On the right side of this page two alumni of the Bridge Program share their experience and why the course was helpful in their academic success.

For more information, visit the Bridge Program website or contact the Bridge Class Coordinator, Scott Nelson at  csbridge@purdue.edu

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Nicole Gallo

Nicole Gallo

Being from California, I felt that it was important to attend this course because it would help me not only with my major, but also with adjusting to Purdue University in general. I've made friendships that I know I will have after my time here and memories that will last a lifetime. This program made my transition into college a thousand times easier and I would recommend this amazing experience to all new Purdue students.

Pranav Punjabi

Pranav Punjabi

The experience during the CS 18000 Bridge Program was phenomenal. Like any other international student, I did have some apprehensions before coming here, but the opportunity provided me a comfortable platform to fuse into the new environment around me. Although, I did have a programming background in C++, this course helped me to get a better hold in programming fundamentals and logic building. This ensured a smooth transition for me into CS 18000. This two-week period also gave me some of my really good friends. In all this was a truly enriching experience, all thanks to Professor Dunsmore and Tracy Harrington-Atkinson for their guidance and support.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017 11:25 AM

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