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Computer Science, Languages and Systems Track (B.S.)

B.S., Computer Science,
Languages and Systems Track

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You'll Do

Close analysis will reveal that IUP’s Computer Science program was developed with excellence in mind. As a Computer Science major pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the Languages and Systems track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you can be confident that you’ll receive the in-depth education you’ll need for the more intensely technical positions.

All Computer Science students take basically the same courses as freshmen. As you progress through your college education in this track, you’ll be required to take a minor in Mathematics as well as multiple senior-level Computer Science courses. This track is recommended for those planning to attend graduate school.

The field is always changing, and IUP professors change their courses to keep pace with it. Your education at IUP will closely follow the recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. In this track, you should consider taking a six- to eight-month paid internship to get the true flavor of what it’s like to apply your computing knowledge to industry.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science achieved through pursuit of the Languages and Systems track prepares students for graduate studies or for very technical positions in industry (working with operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments, and other system software).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer software engineer is one of the job categories expected to grow most quickly over the 2006-2016 decade with a 38 percent increase. Also fueling job growth in computer occupations will be concerns about information security in businesses and government. Computer systems analysts are also expected to be in very high demand, but computer programmers will see a slight employment decline, according to the report.

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Special Features

  • Students have access to three computer labs that provide a wide selection of software needed for class assignments and projects.
  • Several scholarships and awards are available to students through the IUP Computer Science Department.
  • Research conducted by faculty members and students has covered topics such as robotics, covert channels, games development, image analysis, and information assurance.
  • The Computer Science Club is a student-run organization that meets on a weekly basis to discuss topics and work on projects related to the computer science field.
  • Students can choose to live on a Computer Science floor in one of IUP’s residential suites buildings; this arrangement offers specialty programs and easy access to other students who share an interest in computers.