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Department of Computer Science

 

Why Computer Science?

This is the COMPUTER / INFORMATION / TECHNOLOGY AGE. Computer Science (CS) is a dynamic and exciting field to study plus it provides a rewarding and satisfying career. There are many sub fields of CS such as artificial intelligence, computer game development, software engineering, expert systems, data mining, programming, robotics, software engineering, expert systems, computer graphics ... Computer science students are passionate about studying computer science and computer professionals really enjoy working with computer applications.  It is fun -- it doesn't seem like study or work. In 2019 both the bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science are highly ranked in the top 10 degrees in demand by Forbes.   CNBC has ranked an Application Software Developer as the number one job in demand in 2019 with a median salary of $101,790.  A master's in computer science with an emphasis of software development is ranked number 8 in the list of top paying masters' degrees by https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/highest-paying-masters-degrees/ with a median salary of $103,560.

The recent Forbes article "The Cybersecurity Talent Gap Is An Industry Crisis" by Brian Smith states that by 2021 there will be a global shortage of 3.5 million cyber security professionals.  At the Bureau of Labor Statistics it is expected that employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.  The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $86,320 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640. The Obama White House predicted that by 2020, there would be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available, and only about 400,000 computer science graduates who have the skills necessary to apply for those jobs.  https://code.org/promote/la states that Louisiana has 2,158 open computing jobs (3.9 x the state average demand rate) and only 455 Computer science graduates each year. 

Why LSU Shreveport?

F. King Alexander, President of the LSU System, has stated that "... the LSUS computer science program is one of the leading such specializations in the state, supplying Shreveport's burgeoning technical and digital media industry with skilled, career ready employees who have incredible talent to offer from day one on the job.

The Department of Computer Science offers certificates in computer science, a minor in computer science, a B.S. in Computer Science, and a M.S. in Computer Systems Technology.  Instruction is provided by both full-time faculty and several adjunct faculty- the adjunct faculty are local computer professionals working for leading computer companies.  The department has a dedicated network administrator/academic support person who supervises several student workers to maintain computer equipment, install software, etc.

The Department of Computer Science offers certificates in computer science, a minor in computer science, a B.S. in Computer Science, and a M.S in Computer Systems Technology. Instruction in the department is provided by both full-time faculty and several adjunct faculty - the adjuncts are local computer professionals working for leading computer companies in Shreveport/ Bossier. The department has a dedicated network administrator/academic support person who supervises several student workers to maintain computer equipment, install software, etc. . The department is also home to several labs (CS student, Cyber Security, Cisco Academy network, Bioinformatics Research, Computer Science Club lab for computer game development, cybersecurity, information systems, software development). Also, there are labs for high-performance cluster computing, faculty research and special purposes. Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty work together in these labs on a variety of research projects.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Software Development) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. www.abet.org.

 
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