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Oregon State’s postbacc CS program offers guidance before you apply

By Tyler Hansen

Quick — name an industry that doesn’t rely on computer programming and coding.

Unless you’re thinking of the neighborhood kids’ lemonade stand, you’ll have a hard time coming up with one.

Computing is prevalent in virtually every field, and global job prospects continue to rise. Here’s the good news for you: It’s Renée Petit’s job to help people start on the path toward a career in the tech industry.

As an online admissions coordinator, Petit works with people who are interested in Oregon State University’s computer science online postbaccalaureate program. And she offers her wide-ranging support beginning with the first time you reach out — long before you actually enroll as a student.

“We live in a rapidly changing world, and students from all backgrounds are interested in learning how to code and become involved in the technical field,” Petit says. “Additionally, programming is fun. Students who have looked into programming have discovered it’s challenging, requires that you constantly learn new things, and it can create a big impact.”

Oregon State’s computer science online postbacc program provides unparalleled student support. It begins with Petit’s work in the pre-admissions phase, and it continues until the day you graduate through mentorship programs, career showcases and more.

Here is a preview of the support and benefits you’ll receive, in Petit’s words.

Headshot of Renée Petit, online admissions coordinator for Oregon State University's computer science online postbaccalaureate program.

Renée Petit is the online admissions coordinator for Oregon State’s computer science online postbaccalaureate program.

Before you start classes

The right match: “I help students decide if the program is a good fit. This entails learning about a student’s background and interests to see how this degree can help them achieve their goals.”

The requirements: “I also help students to determine if they meet the prerequisites for admission.”

The decision: “Once students have decided to apply, I provide guidance on the steps necessary for application.”

The transition: “Once a student is admitted, I facilitate the process of connecting students with their advisors.”

Your questions answered

The math equation: “The most common questions I receive from prospective students are regarding the math prerequisite for admission. Strong algebra skills are necessary for success in the field and in our program. I help students to determine if prior math courses they have taken are sufficient to meet the requirement.”

The job market: “Job prospects after graduation are a close second in terms of most frequently asked questions. Career paths after graduation include positions such as software developer, database administrator, web developer, cybersecurity analyst and network administrator. There are many ways to get into the tech field, and this degree can help students get to where they want to be.”

The allure of OSU’s computer science online postbacc program

The prestige: “It’s a well-known, well-established program offered by a high-ranking engineering university.”

The expertise: “The faculty work hard to provide outstanding learning experiences for online students.”

The support: “Free peer tutoring is offered for most courses in the program.”

The flexibility: “It’s 100% online, and students never have to come to campus unless they want to.”

The fast track: “It only requires 60 credits to graduate, which is lower than many other programs, while still providing all the coursework needed to be successful in the field.”

Petit’s three pearls of wisdom

1. Do your research: “When considering a new educational program, it is important to find a good fit for your needs and situation. Ask questions of any program you are considering regarding courses offered, availability of faculty and teaching assistants, and the types of academic and career support offered.” 

2. Get excited and get started: “Even before classes begin, start learning. There are many free or low-cost resources out there to get you started on your journey. If you would like to learn basic programming before enrolling in the program, you can enroll in CS 201 (Computer Programming for Non-CS Majors) as a nondegree student.”

3. Start job research and networking now: “Research different job profiles to help determine which positions sound most interesting to you. Learn about which companies have work environments and mission statements you believe in. Follow them on LinkedIn and find ways to connect with them. The more information you have, the more you can make informed decisions about how you want your new career path to unfold.”

Learn more about Oregon State’s online computer science postbaccalaureate program.

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  • Dennis Lam says:


    My name is Dennis and I am looking to enroll in the Fall semester for the Post-Bacc Computer Science program that is offered at OSU’s Ecampus! Currently, I am enrolling into community college courses to use as transfer credits for some prerequisites that are required for the program. I was wondering besides a Public Speaking course, should I retake College Algebra even though I received a B- during undergrad? Also, is it possible to schedule an online meeting or zoom call with someone so I could discuss my situation in further detail?

    Thank you,

    Dennis Lam

  • Carly Johansen says:

    Hi Dennis,

    Thanks so much for reaching out! We would love to talk with you more about transfer credits and prerequisites. Please email us at or call us at 800-667-1465. You’ll be talking with a real enrollment specialist – no robots here! We look forward to chatting with you more about your journey to our CS program!

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