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For students interested in complementing their CS or CE degree with an insight into the high-tech innovation and business process the CS department offers a Concentration in Leadership and Innovation in Computing (nickname CLIC) or an Option in Leadership and Innovation in Computing (nickname OLIC).
CLIC and OLIC programs target students:
CLIC program consists of 18 s.h, out of which 4 courses (or 12 s.h) are offered by the Zarb School of Business, the remaining 2 are offered by the CS department such as: one Internship with a start-up (3 s.h.) and a Senior Design Entrepreneurial Project (3 s.h.) (more details about CLIC).
OLIC program consists of 9 credits, out of which one course in Foundations of Leadership and Innovation (3 s.h.), one Internship with a start-up (3 s.h.) and one Senior Design Entrepreneurial Project (3 s.h.) (more details about OLIC). OLIC is particularly suited for Computer Engineering majors whose program permits only a limited number of free electives.
Students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering who have successfully completed CSC 14, 15, and 16 (typically at the end of freshman year) and have an overall average of at least C in these courses are eligible to declare the concentration or the option.
Interested students need to be advised by the program coordinator (Dr. Simona Doboli) prior to declaring the concentration or the option.
Students will be taught to identify and pursue innovative entrepreneurship opportunities in high-tech computing areas, to understand the computing business environment and the roles of core business divisions (such as marketing and accounting), to integrate entrepreneurial and computing skills and to work effectively in globally distributed teams.
CLIC Requirements (18 s.h.)
Like the concentration, the option targets students who are interested in pursuing innovations in the computing field that can have an impact on society. Through an intensive, 9-semester-hour program, the students in the option will be taught to identify and pursue innovative entrepreneurship opportunities in high-technology computing areas, to develop basic skills needed to start their own company or to work for a start-up company and to work effectively in globally distributed teams. This option is particularly suited for Computer Engineering students whose program permits only a limited number of free electives. The option does not include the business courses offered by the Zarb School of Business that are part of the concentration.
OLIC Requirements (9 s.h.)