Saint Leo University Offers New Computer Science Degree Starting Fall 2011

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Cutting-edge program prepares graduates in one of U.S.'s fastest growing fields

Starting this fall, students at Saint Leo University have a new option for jump-starting their careers in computer science—one of the most essential fields in today's growing information economy. The Florida liberal arts university has established a cutting-edge computer science degree, housed in its Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.

The department is part of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, which is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

“The computer science degree program is an exciting outgrowth of Saint Leo’s strong foundation in technology education," says Dr. Vyas Krishnan, department chair.

Expert Faculty
Saint Leo professors have the highest level of academic and industry knowledge. Many come to Saint Leo from top positions at high-tech pioneers such as Texas Instruments, IBM, the U.S. Air Force, and noteworthy banks, insurance companies and educational institutions around the world.

Ultra Modern Facilities
Computer science students take classes in the new, $12 million home of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. The 47,921-square-foot facility, which opened its doors in fall 2011, offers students state-of-the-art computer labs for the study of computer science and related topics. All students taking classes in the new home of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business also enjoy the advantages provided by classrooms with SMART boards and video conferencing equipment. “We are empowering students to not only keep pace with technology, but shape it," explained Dr. Krishnan.

Future-Proofed Curriculum
The curriculum for the B.S. in computer science emphasizes historically important core knowledge, as well as forward-thinking theory and best practices. The program was developed based on recommendations from leading standards-making organizations in educational and scientific computing.

Specialized Study
Advanced courses include: Applied Data Mining, Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. Plus, an Information Assurance specialization is available to students interested in computer forensics, penetration testing, and Internet, intranet and network security. These focused courses prepare Saint Leo's graduates to impact society in a variety of highly technical positions, such as: computer software engineers, computer support specialists, database administrators, web developers, IT security analysts and systems integrators.

Unlimited Career Opportunities
Jobs in computer science are consistently ranked among the most in-demand and top paying of all fields. Money magazine, in fact, recently named "software architect" the best job in America. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that computer science jobs are among those projected to grow the fastest between 2008 and 2018.

Beyond Computer Science
Additionally, Saint Leo University continues to offer the B.S. in computer information systems, or CIS. That program prepares future business managers to oversee the purchasing and administration of technology within companies or other workplaces.

The B.S. in computer science, offered at Saint Leo's traditional campus outside of Tampa, Fla., is one of several degrees the university has introduced in the past few years. Other new areas of study include: undergraduate degrees in sociology, psychology, liberal studies, and international hospitality and tourism management through Saint Leo's online program, and a B.S. in psychology at Saint Leo's traditional campus.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges" list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, continuing education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. One of the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo University ranks as one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.

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