Computer Science

About Computer Science and Computer Information Systems

Computer scientists and computer information systems professionals use computers to solve problems by programming, analyzing, designing and implementing software systems. They deal with theoretical components related to computers and to issues with hardware. Jobs in the field of computer science and computer information systems are in high demand and graduates in these disciplines are prepared for a variety of positions in the field of science, technology, engineering, education, business and more. The computer science and computer information systems majors at Valdosta State University prepare students to enter the workforce and many students in the program find part-time jobs in the field while they continue their studies.

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems at Valdosta State University

Students in the computer science and computer information systems programs at Valdosta State have access to three computer labs that feature numerous PC workstations. The department’s Smart Lab has workstations that can access Linux, Solaris and Windows servers. In addition, all instructional classrooms are equipped with a computer and projection system. Students working on special projects have access to a cluster lab in which 28 computers act simultaneously to complete given tasks by the master computer. Students have numerous opportunities to gain invaluable work experience, including participation in the Valdosta State Co-op Program. Students are also invited to participate in Valdosta State’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (B.S.)

Minors

  •  Computer Science

About the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Curriculum

B.S. in Computer Science

Students in the computer science department receive a broad-based general education with a strong foundation in mathematics. The program focuses on problem solving, analysis, design and implementation of software systems. Students are required to take several advanced math and science courses to complement the degree program.

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B.S. in Computer Information Systems

The computer information systems program focuses on problem solving, analysis, design and implementation of software systems. The major also has a strong business component, with courses in accounting, economics and management. Students are required to take courses in software engineering, database and networking.

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Minor in Computer Science

The computer science minor requires 17 hours of coursework. The minor is a good complement to the mathematics or applied mathematics majors. 

Careers*

  • Applications developer
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer science teacher
  • Computer scientist
  • Computer support specialist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer systems designer
  • Computer systems manager
  • Computer training specialist
  • Consultant
  • Database administrator
  • Database analyst
  • Development engineer
  • Hardware designer
  • Hardware developer
  • Help-desk support specialist
  • Information systems manager
  • Market research analyst
  • Network administrator
  • Network systems analyst
  • Networking specialist
  • Software architect
  • Software designer
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Technical consultant
  • Technical writer
  • Webmaster 

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications. 

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