A Leading Educator in Computing
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The College of Business and Technology's Department of Computing is a leader in the field of computing. They strive to offer their students a balance of contemporary skills and computer science theory that will prepare them to enter the current job market and absorb the necessary concepts needed to advance in their careers.
The Department of Computing offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Students in the program should expect to take courses such as software engineering, database management, data analytics, operating and distributed systems, networking, artificial intelligence, and Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP).
The Bachelor of Science in Computing program provides students with a strong background
in software development, computer organization, database management, networking, and
computer security. Focused work in one of four concentrations allows students to gain
the practical knowledge and skills important for careers in computing.
Students in the Computing program can choose from one of these four concentrations:
The Computer Science concentration is designed for students who wish
to learn to develop systems-level software programs, such as real-time
graphics simulations, distributed software systems, and operating systems.
The Computer Science concentration supplements a core set of computing
classes with courses in data structures, algorithms, computer architecture, and
operating systems. The concentration also requires coursework in advanced
mathematics and science. It is a good path for students who wish to pursue
graduate work in computing.
Cybersecurity and Modern Networks
Cybersecurity and Modern Networks supplements the core curriculum with
courses in secure software development as well as systems deployment, cloud,
wireless, mobile computing, and sensor-based computing. This concentration
is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in computer security and
in networking-enabled application development. This concentration is also
recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in cybersecurity.
Students interested in the Cybersecurity and Modern Networks concentration
may apply for admission into the program after completing a designated set of
The Information Systems concentration supplements a core set of computing
classes with courses in Enterprise Resource Planning and enterprise system
implementation, configuration, and programming. Students select an emphasis
in accountancy or management and explore the application of computer systems
in business process definition and execution. This concentration is designed for
students who wish to prepare for a career in business-oriented computing. This
concentration is also recommended for those who plan to pursue graduate work in
information systems or business administration.
The Information Technology concentration supplements a core set of computing
classes with courses in web development, computer security, database and
system administration, and human computer interaction. This concentration
is designed for students who desire a career in these areas and for those who
wish to pursue graduate work in information technology.
The Master of Science in Computing is designed for both recent graduates as well as the working professional. To allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling, all courses are offered in the evening.
Students in the graduate program have the opportunity for specialization by choosing one of two available concentrations:
Applied Computer Science
The Applied Computer Science concentration balances the study of concepts and theory of computer science with the practical application of software engineering. This program teaches students to develop and use abstract models for analytic, descriptive, and predictive studies of real-world phenomena and systems. Students will be exposed to several primary research areas in computer science, such as distributed systems, database design, the object-oriented paradigm, and analysis of algorithms
The Information Technology concentration combines a solid basis in software engineering with the ability to create web applications and enterprise software solutions. The core software engineering topics include requirements analysis, software project management, and software design. Coursework topics include e-Business site design, development and management, and business process modeling and integration from the technical point of view.
Wyatt Powell - Cyber Security Intern at Eastman Chemical Company
"My internship has helped me to develop the fundamentals I learned in the classroom into actual skills that are applicable in the work force. Instead of learning about encryption in a classroom, today I actually started developing an encryption system for logging protocols by implementing what I learned in class and using those fundamentals to lay the groundwork for a system that will be beneficial to the company."
Students studying within the Department of Computing should expect to gain a strong background in the following areas:
- Computer Organization
- Database Management
- Software Engineering
Students will also gain the practical skills needed to succeed in any computing field. They will leave the program with skills such as:
- Skill Development for Careers in Computing
- Technical Skills
- Written and Oral Communication
- Project Management
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