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Department of Computer Science and Information Technology announces creation of three new bachelor’s degrees

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — To keep pace with the evolving needs of both students and employers, Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has made a number of changes to its current degree offering.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — To keep pace with the evolving needs of both students and employers, Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has made a number of changes to its current degree offering.

Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, students making progress toward a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems may now pursue a B.S. in three new majors: computer science, computer information systems and computer information technology. Implementation of the new program will begin with the Fall 2016 semester, with conversion set to be completed by Aug. 15, 2017.

Changes are also being made to the department’s degree concentration offerings, with computer science (computer science), systems development (computer information systems) and internet and web technology, database administration and networking (computer information technology) being split among the three new bachelor’s degrees. Previously, all five concentrations were offered under the department’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems.

The content of all concentrations will remain the same, as well as the department’s online offerings. As with the previous degree, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and its concentration in systems development, as well as the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology concentrations in internet and web technology and database administration will be offered both on campus and online.

These are the most significant changes for the department since the creation of the computer science and information systems degree in 1979. Department Chair Bruce Myers said the new degrees are the product of two years of work by department faculty and will better inform potential employers of the skills of Austin Peay graduates.

“The problem we have is that the (computer science and information systems degree) indicates things that aren’t true for all our concentrations,” Myers said. “When you say computer science, you think a lot of math and programming skills, and you don’t necessarily think about building webpages or doing database or network work.

“These new degrees are going to help everyone involved because it will allow their degrees to better reflect their studies.”

For more information on Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, visit www.apsu.edu/csci, or call 931-221-7840.