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Welcome to the CSIS Department

We offer many degree and certificate programs, as well as course work and preparation for transfer to a four-year program of study. Please take a few moments to look through our programs, course listings, and course descriptions. We hope you'll find something that will stimulate your interest.

If we can be of any assistance or guidance in planning your course of study or helping you choose a class, please feel free to contact us. Once again, welcome to Palomar College and we hope your course of study in CSIS will be a rewarding one.

Department Chair Academic Department Assistant
Rand Green Julie Thurston-Donaghy
rgreen@palomar.edu jthurston-donaghy@palomar.edu
760-744-1150 x8170 760-744-1150 x2387
Office: MD-281 Office: MD-275

Computer Science Program
The Computer Science program has been updated effective Fall 2014. Click for details.

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What Most Schools Don't Teach
Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools. Click for details.

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A Learning Secret: Don't Take Notes with a Laptop
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material. Click for details.

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Alan Turing Wins Royal Pardon
Nearly 60 years after his death, Alan Turing, the British mathematician regarded as one of the central figures in the development of the computer, received a formal pardon from Queen Elizabeth II for his conviction in 1952 on charges of homosexuality, at the time a criminal offense in Britain. Click for details.

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Mind Over Mechanics
In a jaw-dropping feat of engineering, electronics turn a person's thoughts into commands for a robot. Using a brain-computer interface technology several people have learned to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a ring. Click for video.

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Personalization Is Future of Search
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, discusses the future of Internet search technology, data portability and partnerships. Click for video.
Quantum Teleportation Feat Brings Ultrafast Computer Networks Step Closer To Reality
Researchers say they have succeeded in accurately transferring information from one quantum bit to another quantum bit located 3 meters away, without the information traveling through the intervening space. Click for details.

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Quantum Boost for Artificial Intelligence
Quantum computers able to learn could attack larger sets of data than classical computers. Click for details.

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Woman or Machine?
Ray Kurzweil on how long it will be before computers can do everything the brain can do. Click for details.

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Superman Memory Crystal: 5D Nano-Glass to Preserve Data for Million Years
A research group in Britain has recorded data into a crystal of nanostructured glass. This future storage with practically unlimited lifetime and capacity exceeding Blu-Ray's by 2,800 times might save civilization's data for aliens if humankind is gone. Click for details.

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Largest Prime Number Known Is 17-Million Digits Long
The largest prime number yet has been discovered and is 17,425,170 digits long. The new prime number crushes the last one discovered in 2008, which was a paltry 12,978,189 digits long. Click for details.
Spring Classes Announced
Click here for the Spring 2015 class schedule.

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Are You Ready to be an Online Student
Online classes can be an exciting way to learn. Their convenience and flexibility appeals to many students, but they are not for everyone. Click for details.

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Hot Job Market for Computer Science Graduates
New projections predict that the already hot job market for computing professionals will become even hotter this decade. Click for details.

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Want a Job? Get a Computer Science Degree
Here's a tip for incoming and current college students: If you want to have a high-paying job on graduation day, study computer science. Click for details.

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Top 10 Reasons to Major in Computing
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ACM Computing Careers
Click here to learn about some really cool careers in computing!