As a computer engineer major, I do not know too much about the UH ICS program but here is what I've seen so far:
The ICS program offers clubs such as ACM and SWITCH (Supporting Women in Information Technology and Computing in Hawaii) in which they help students connect with companies, network with other students, and offers help for ICS classes.
The advisors are very helpful when it comes to discussing the classes you should take to keep on track for graduation. They keep it very straight forward and they are able to give advice on which classes you should take when so you don't have a stressful semester.
Since the ICSpace is open 24/7 it is a good place to go to either study, relax and make friends. You are able to connect with people who are further along in the major and they can give advice on the classes you should take and which professors are the best!
1. There are several groups in ACM that focuses on a certain subject that will help you improve your skills, such as algorithm and cyber security. Moreover, all skills are welcome to join the club, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, they are willing to help you.
2. The professors and students are very optimistic about teaching and helping you improve your skills as a computer science student. There are also times where students in ACM bring in experts in the computer science field working in Google or Microsoft to give presentations and advices on interviews and resumes. They really encourage students to join all the events and take all the knowledge that is required to make us successful later on.
3. There are tutoring available at the computer lab at the POST building for students needing help on certain assignments. There is also a learning assistant available at the learning emporium for ICS 141, 241 and such, which are very helpful for students needing more extra help other than the professors if they are not available.
1. Peers of all levels are very willing and open to provide help
2. Lots of access to things like the Microsoft Office Suite, Windows 10, etc which allows everyone to get the full learning experience
3. The ACM club is very diverse and allows students to learn very important skills in their field of interest.
What are three good things that the UH ICS program is providing for its students?
1.) The ability to network. Not just with fellow classmates but with professors that are working in the field studying relevant and interesting research.
2.) Its located in Hawaii could it be much more beautiful. This offers a good contrast to the coding and homework assignments that need to be completed.
Three good things about being an ICS student:
1.) ICS students are taught to be versatile. When working on a design for a product, website, or other goals, requirements can often change. By being in ICS students are prepared for the shifting requirements by the constant push and pull of deadlines for assignments and workload being adjusted up or down depending on what needs to be accomplished.
2.) ICS students are object oriented. As an ICS student you are taught to figure out the object(ive) or goal and how to best meet that objective in the time frame allotted. By staying focused on what needs to be done objectives can divided into categories of what needs to be completed based off their priority and the objectives impending deadline.
3.) ICS students need to be able to learn quickly. With Computer Science being a more recent addition to the science community, Computer Science is still trying to define itself. With this uncertainty students need to be able to learn the newly budding information and how it fits into the field. The shifting of the field can also have an impact on their position after being hired. Being hired isn’t the conclusion of learning but rather the beginning of working and getting paid to learn new and relevant skills.
Three good things about being a UH ICS student.
1. Help improve problem-solving skills.
2. Know how websites, games, and program work on the computer.
3. Able to understand new languages like Java, C, C++, and etc.
I would say that the quality of the classes are very good. In my experience so far, most of the professors and TA's that I have had were very knowledgeable and great teachers. I feel that I have learned a great deal of information that will be very helpful in the future when I get a career in the field.
The buildings are rather nice. The POST building where the ICS Department is located has some nice classrooms and a dedicated space for socializing and studying
Everyone in the program is extremely friendly and willing to help. So far, all the advisors and staff that I have met so far are pretty chill and give great advice.
1) The UH ICS program offers many opportunities through ACM. ACM has an abundant of clubs with distinct interest that helps students find what they truly love in Computer Science. Furthermore, these clubs offer many guest speakers and competitions to help students prepare themselves for their future careers.
2) The ICS program provides specialized degrees that help distinguished student's passions and interests in the Computer Science Field. Students who want to focus more on Data Science or Cyber Security can work towards those respective degrees.
Some of the teachers and counselors that I have come across have been very helpful. They have helped me prepare for what I am going to experience in earning my degree and once I'm actually working.
Learning Certain Skills:
One of the great(and difficult) things about being an ICS student is that you are taught to learn a completely different way of problem-solving and thinking. It doesn't just help me with my work and projects, but it's also influenced my way of dealing with situations outside of computer science.
It seems like the ICS major is growing, and with that you meet lots of new different people. Already I have met people who work differently than I do, and I find myself picking up good habits from them. Also, the tutoring that is available for particularly hard classes done by groups like ACM show different ways to solve a problem than what you might have been taught.
1. Smaller class sizes. Most of the ICS classes are not large and you still feel like an actual person instead of just a random student in the room. For the most part this makes teacher accessibility very good too.
2. High standards. UH Manoa isn't known for its ICS program but that doesn't mean it is easy. Professors still make you put in the work and grade accordingly, making you feel like you are really learning.
3. Networking. There are a lot of ICS classes to take and there is a pretty diverse body of students on campus who end up in some of your classes. Building relationships and networks now can create many opportunities after graduation.
1. The ICS major at UH is relatively large so there are many people to network with and to learn from compared to smaller majors, which don't often allow for much variety in interaction.
2. The ICS program provides students with many opportunities to meet with employers and recruiters.
3. Access to clubs like ACM and Grey Hats which allow students to learn things outside of class and supplement their resumes.