The School of Computing and Software Engineering offers a range of undergraduate programs in computing. We currently offer bachelor's programs in the traditional computing disciplines of computer science, information technology and software engineering, as well as a program in computer game design and development. While it will be clear that the focus is of our program in computer game design and development, the difference between the other programs may need some clarification.
Computer Science is the broadest of our three undergraduate programs and covers everything from basic hardware design to computer programming, to advanced applications, although there is a heavy emphasis on computer programming throughout. We offer two bachelor programs in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts. The Bachelor’s of Arts requires students to take a minor, typically in International Studies, Technical Communication or Business Administration. and therefore allows a student to combine their interest in computing with an interest in another area. The BS in Computer Science has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET www.abet.org.
Software engineering covers how to use the techniques developed in computer science can be used to build large complex software systems. In addition to programming, the program also covers such issues as requirements elicitation (how do you find out what the end users really want) and human computer interaction (how do you make sure that the software that you develop can be used by actual humans). The only undergraduate program in Software Engineering that we offer is the Bachelor of Science, and it was recently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET www.abet.org
Information Technology is about designing and administering what is often referred to as the IT infrastructure, the system of servers, networks and software applications that organizations use in their daily operations. It places greater emphasis on networking, systems and database administration, and information assurance and security. In addition, it also covers web design. We offer three Bachelor programs in IT, namely the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Applied Science, which is aimed at students who have already completed an Associate’s of Applied Science at a member institution of the Technological College System of Georgia, and the fully online WebBSIT. At the moment, only the BSIT has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET www.abet.org
If you enter our programs as a freshman, the differences between the programs are fairly small at the beginning. It is therefore entirely possible to transfer from one computing major to another without significantly impacting the date of graduation. Moreover, early in the program, students are expected to take CSE1002 "Introduction to the Computing Disciplines" in which the differences between the three disciplines are covered in further detail.
If you are interested in finding out more about our undergraduate programs in computing, please contact
Han Reichgelt, PhD
Dean, School of Computing and Software Engineering