BS in Applied Computer Science Answers Employment Need

Posted: November 7, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Computer Science Department will be offering a new BS in Applied Computer Science – the first of its kind among state universities in Virginia – starting in the spring semester. This new program is supported by major IT corporations in the Washington, D.C., area, indicating the employment demand for computational experts who also have strong preparation in other disciplines.

The program is designed for the computer science student who wants to prepare for a field in which computing is an integral part. It will provide a more comprehensive education than if the student completed a major in computer science and a minor in another field (or a major in that discipline and a minor in computer science).

Further, the program is more streamlined than a double major. The program requires foundation courses in computer science and another field, as well as upper-level classes that integrate the two disciplines and focus on the parts of the concentration that require knowledge of computational methods.

Two concentrations, one in biology and one in geography, will be offered initially. More concentrations will be added according to student and employer demand. The program will be taught by faculty in the Computer Science Department and in the departments of the other disciplines.

In addition to helping to meet the need for specialists in fields such as bioinformatics and geographic information systems, the applied computer science program is excellent preparation for graduate study in these fields.

Details of the new degree are available online.

This article is reprinted from IT&Enews, October 2005.

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