Kennesaw State University to offer Bachelor of Applied Computer Science

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New degree helps meet growing demand for technology professionals
KENNESAW, Ga.  (August 14, 2013) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia today approved a new Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computer Science degree program at Kennesaw State University. The new program will launch in fall 2014.
The program, housed in the College of Science and Mathematics’ Department of Computer Science, will utilize an innovative approach to instructional delivery combining hybrid and online classes with a traditional classroom setting.
“The addition of this degree to the University’s growing portfolio of programs demonstrates Kennesaw State’s commitment to preparing and educating students for the changing marketplace,” said W. Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition, the combination of hybrid online classes with in-class learning provides the flexibility that today’s students demand.”
The proposed curriculum offers students the opportunity to study specific applications such as cloud computing, robotics, mobile devices and computer security. In addition, students will have the ability to minor in applied statistics, information security and assurance, and applied mathematics. A required computer science senior project enables students to develop and practice essential project management skills and work with current software tools and technologies.
“This degree truly provides students with the best of both worlds  — a solid foundation and wide breadth of computer science knowledge with hands-on experience and the ability to focus on two to three key areas of expertise,” said Ken Hoganson, interim chair of Kennesaw State’s Department of Computer Science and Professor of Computer Science & Information Systems.
Kennesaw State’s College of Science and Mathematics boasts nearly 3,000 majors in 14 degree programs. During the past three fiscal years, the college received more than $14.8 million in grants for research and scholarships.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.