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Types of Computing Degrees

Georgia Southern offers a wide rage of computing degrees. It is important to select the program that fits your personality and builds on your strengths. Whichever computing path you choose, you will gain hands-on experience and be work-ready when you graduate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineers blend electrical engineering and computer science to contribute to advancements in digital technology, computer networking and computer systems.  They use hardware and software design and computer programming to make computing platforms and apps more efficient and powerful, to ensure that hardware and software systems are seamlessly integrated, and to make computing systems safer.  As a computer engineer, you could develop new computer hardware, design and implement software applications, or enhance the capabilities of networks and communications systems. From robotics to wireless networks, from operating systems to aircraft design, there is a specialization in computer engineering for any interest.

Computer Science

Computer Scientists design software technologies that will entertain, transport, communicate, educate, finance and defend future generations of Americans. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science related jobs are among the top ten fastest growing careers that show a lot of promise and opportunities for growth. Computer Scientists study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields; and develop the underlying programs that run devices or control networks.

Cyber Security in IT

As a cyber security IT professional, your skills will be in high demand in areas such as digital forensics, cyber law, cyber warfare, cyber policy, cryptography, artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, healthcare informatics, and data analytics. The Cyber Security Certificate option of our B.S. in Information Technology provides student access to curriculum, programs, and industry partnerships that impart the skills and concepts applicable to 21st-century cyber workforce needs. You will be prepared to prevent and investigate cyber-attacks, monitor and secure  networks and integrate best systems practices throughout the world.

Data Science IT Concentration

As a data scientist, you are the force driving our ability to use big data. The ever-flowing stream of structured and unstructured data from social media, e-commerce, sensors and databases of all kinds has created significant demand for professionals with the specialized skills needed to analyze and manage this vast amount of data. Professional data scientists analyze an organization’s big data to discover trends and find meaning behind data to gain actionable insights to help businesses work smarter and make better decisions.  Data Scientists are among the highest paid information technology professionals.

Information Technology

IT professionals are digital problem-solvers who will lead America’s fastest growing career field. A wide range of employment opportunities in IT exist because IT is required for most companies to be competitive or even to exist in today’s markets. As an IT graduate you will hit the ground running in specializations such as cyber security, information management, networking and datacenter management, web and mobile development, or information technology management.

Last updated: 12/19/2017