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Types of Computing Degrees

Georgia Southern offers a wide rage of computing degrees in the Paulson College of Engineering and Computing. It is important to select the program that fits your personality and builds on your strengths. Whichever computing path you choose, our faculty will provide you with hands-on experience so you will be work-ready when you graduate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand stems from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and the need for 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 entertain, transport, communicate, educate, finance and defend future generations of Americans.  Earning your degree in CS gives you the ability to adapt to new technologies and ideas.  As a computer scientist, you will work with experts to develop innovative ways to harness the power of computing to solve real-world problems.

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 most companies require IT 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.

Data Science IT Concentration

As a data scientist, you are the force driving our ability to use Big Data.  We need professionals with the specialized skills needed to analyze and manage the vast amount of data streaming from social media, e-commerce, sensors and databases of all kinds. Professional data scientists analyze an organization’s Big Data to discover trends and find meaning behind that data to gain actionable insights to help those businesses work smarter and make better decisions.  That’s why data scientists are among the highest paid IT professionals.

Cyber Security in IT

As a cyber security IT professional, your skills are 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. We will prepare you to prevent and investigate cyber-attacks, monitor and secure  networks and integrate best systems practices throughout the world.

BIT Online

The Bachelor of Information Technology degree (BIT) is a 124-credit hour program delivered entirely online as an eMajor degree through a partnership between Georgia Southern University and the University System of Georgia’s (USG) eCampus. As one of the state’s premiere institutions for engineering and computing, the BIT Online at Georgia Southern is uniquely positioned to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet the demands of today’s employers.

Last updated: 6/24/2021