Computer and Information Science
The computer and information science major provides an in-depth study of computer and information science through a hands-on approach that enables students to explore computer-based solutions to challenging problems. The curriculum focuses on problem-solving skills and techniques that can be applied to many disciplines and covers software and Web engineering, relational databases, programming languages, operating systems, computer networks and distributed systems. Students are prepared for careers in various computing areas, including applications in programming, databases, software engineering and networking.
Computer Networks and Security
The computer networks and security major prepares students to enter or advance in computer networking fields where industry-standard certifications are commonly used to show skills or knowledge level and are considered essential in hiring and promotion decisions. The curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies needed to design, implement, administer, secure, and troubleshoot enterprise-level networks. It is designed to combine the benefits of a traditional college education with the benefits of hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology. The computer networking and security curriculum integrates technical skill with communication skills, superior general education knowledge, and breadth of knowledge in the information technology field, particularly in networking and security.
The computer science major prepares students to plan, design and optimize scalable computer software and hardware systems for use in commercial and government environments. It is designed for students who have a good background in mathematics and an interest in the theory, practice, art and science of computer programming. The major provides graduates with an educational foundation appropriate for careers as software architects and engineers, application software desingers, system analysts and programmers and system engineers.
Digital Media and Web Technology
The digital media and Web technology major provides in-depth knowledge in practical applications of computing. The coherent and flexible program of study includes areas such as digital media, gaming, and Web-based technology. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to integrate courses from several specialized areas in computing. Graduates are prepared for a variety of entry- and mid-level technical and management positions within the digital media, Web technology, gaming, and computing industries.
The major in cybersecurity prepares graduates to be leaders in the protection of data assets. The curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend information and information systems, in local as well as more broadly based domains. The availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and nonrepudiation of data is examined. The major prepares students for careers as information systems security professionals, senior system managers, and system administrators responsible for information systems and the security of those systems.
Information Systems Management
The information systems management major develops students' abilities to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality information systems. The curriculum focuses on the concepts, methods and practical applications of information systems in the workplace. Students are provided the skills needed to make substantive contributions to the use of information systems in corporate decision making.