Ivy Tech to Add Computer Science Degrees

September 21st, 2012

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Ivy Tech to Add Computer Science Degrees

September 21, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) has approved Ivy Tech Community College to offer a new associate degree in Computer Science that will be available at eight of the college's campuses as well as online beginning in January 2013.

The new Associate of Science in Computer Science will build upon functional coursework in the college's existing degree programs in Computer Information Systems and Computer Information Technology while focusing on the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. The program includes instruction in the principles of computational science and computing theory; computer hardware design; computer development and programming; and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

The new program, which will be offered at the college's Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Terre Haute, Columbus, Evansville and Bloomington campuses, is expected to have an impact on future program developments. The increased capacity brought through this program – enhanced lab equipment, laboratory facilities and expanded coursework – will be building blocks for other future degree programs in related engineering and life sciences fields of study.

The computer science program positions students to take several career paths. Besides transferring to complete a bachelor's degree, students may assist in the designing and implementation of new software. This discipline is also creative in such a way that graduates may also help devise new ways to use computers by innovatively applying computer technology to solve unique business issues. In addition, computer science graduates can be involved in the planning and managing of an organization’s technological infrastructure.

A transfer agreement with Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) has already been developed, and the College is working to develop agreements with other public campuses.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College