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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: Yvette Lareaux and a team of people at Oregon State University are dedicated to helping you start on the path toward a career in the tech industry.

As the online admissions coordinator, Yvette works with people who are interested in Oregon State’s online computer science postbaccalaureate program. She and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offer wide-ranging support beginning with the first time you reach out — long before you actually enroll as a student — and it continues until the day you graduate through mentorship programs, career showcases and more.

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

Online Admissions Coordinator Yvette Lareaux offers pre-admission support for Oregon State’s online computer science postbaccalaureate program.

Here is a preview of the support and benefits you’ll receive.

Before you start classes

The right match: The EECS team will help you decide if the program is a good fit. This entails learning about your background and interests to see how this degree can help you achieve your goals.

The requirements: As you go through the process, you’ll learn if you meet the prerequisites for admission.

The decision: Once you decide to apply, you’ll receive guidance on the steps necessary for application.

The transition: When you’re admitted, EECS will facilitate the process of connecting you with your academic advisor.

Your questions answered

The math equation: The most common questions the EECS team receives from prospective students are regarding the math prerequisite for admission. Strong algebra skills are necessary for success in the field and in our program. In this phase, you’ll learn if your prior math courses 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 you get to where you want to be.

Why choose OSU’s online computer science 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 you as an online student.

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

The flexibility: It’s 100% online, and you’ll never have to come to campus unless you 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.

3 pearls of wisdom from your EECS support team

1. Do your research: When considering a new educational program, it’s 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!

  • Kaiya Hassoun says:

    Hi! My name is Kaiya Hassoun & I would like to get some more information on the Post-Bacc Computer Science program offered here. I’m currently finishing up my last semester of my Political Science BA & would like to see if my courses were transferrable & if I’d have to take any courses before applying? I would love to set up a meeting to talk & get more information! Thank you!

  • Tyler Hansen says:

    Hi Kaiya. Thank you for the comment and your interest in Oregon State’s online postbacc computer science program. We’d love to chat with you to answer your specific questions and help you plan a path forward.

    The best way to connect with our enrollment services team is by phone (1-800-667-1465) or email ( during our office hours — Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. PT. Please feel free to reach out, or if you’d prefer us to contact you, just let me know. Thanks again, Kaiya. — Tyler (

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