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Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

The Computer Science curriculum, leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, is a liberal arts oriented curriculum intended to prepare students for careers in programming and systems analysis. Computer Science is a multifaceted discipline that encompasses a broad spectrum of topics. On one end, computer science focuses on the theoretical capabilities of computers and on the properties of various general problems and algorithms. On the other end, computer science deals with techniques for the design and construction of machines, and with advanced applications of computers in all aspects of our society.

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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology provides instruction and training for persons wishing to enter the exciting world of Information Technology. Today, employment opportunities are abundant for the man or woman who possesses the creative energy, the problem-solving ability, and the technical knowledge and skills to provide information services in a wide variety of organizational settings. The program of study includes the following two options: business and multimedia. A graduate of this program can expect initial employment as a network administrator, a database administrator, a Webmaster or a multimedia designer. The program provides the flexibility to meet almost any career aspirations in computer infrastructure set up and information processing.

  • Click here for BS (Info. Technology) Program curriculum sheet
  • Click here for 3-Year Plan of Study for BS Info. Technology (Business Option)
  • Click here for 4-Year Plan of Study for BS Info. Technology (Business Option)
  • Click here for 3-Year Plan of Study for BS Info. Technology (Multi-media Option)
  • Click here for 4-Year Plan of Study for BS Info. Technology (Multi-media Option)

Master of Science in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers the Master of Science in Computer Science degree. The degree program is geared towards current industry demands and prepares the students to be equipped with the latest technology. The classrooms and computing laboratory are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Students have access to the latest software programs under the academic alliance with Microsoft, IBM, VMWare, and EMC. 

The MS program consist of 30 graduate credit hours in Computer Science. The curriculum consist of six core courses and four elective courses from the existing electives. The students have the option to choose thesis also.  

Students who wish to take thesis option must get the approval of the Graduate Advisor prior to registering for thesis in their first semester at GSW and initiate the process. Failure to do so may result in delayed graduation. 

Periodic revisions are made in the curriculum to prepare the students to meet the current industry trend. You may see a revision in the curriculum sheet as you progress in the master program. However, you will be allowed to complete the master program using the same curriculum sheet you started with. Each curriculum sheet is identified by effective catalog year (eg. 2017-2018).

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Online Master of Science in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers the Online Master of Science in Computer Science. This program extends opportunities to those prospective students who are full time employees; have busy work schedules, and families and can not attend classes during the day time. The courses in this program are offered online via GeorgiaVIEW: the online course delivery tool.

Computer technology is at the heart of today’s business organizations – public and private. GSW serves the educational needs of the southwestern part of the state and attracts students from many southwestern counties of Georgia. GSW is within driving distance from many places. Yet, distance is not a factor, but convenience. A large number of students who wish to pursue a master's degree are looking for a fully online degree program. Employees of a number of local and regional employers have sought the convenience of attending university while being employed fulltime. 

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Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Media Technology

In this certificate program you will learn: How to Shoot, Edit and Produce Your Own Video; Human Computer Interaction; Computer Interfacing & Configuration; Principles of Marketing; Mass Media Influences; Studies in New Media. Examples of digital media include software, digital images, digital video, video games, web pages and websites, including social media, data and databases, digital audio, and electronic books.

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Online Graduate Certificate Program in Computer Information Systems (CIS)

The Online Graduate Certificate Program in CIS is designed for those who need to improve their skill but are not able to attend classes on the GSW campus.  A student enrolled in this program has the opportunity to continue their education with a Master of Science in Computer Science.

The primary goal of this program is to give instructors from two-year colleges and technical colleges the opportunity to obtain 18 hours of graduate course work in their teaching field (CIS). The program was created for instructors, but it is not limited only to them. This certificate program includes courses which reflect the current industry trend. Because of its online format students can take up to six graduate classes (18 credit hours) and complete their study in one year. Students who are willing to enroll in this program should meet regular admission requirements for MS Computer Science program. After taking 18 credit hours, students can continue to take courses toward to the MS in CS degree.

The distinct features of both programs are:

  1. Completely Online
  2. Curriculum designed to reflect current trends in the industry
  3. Courses developed by experienced faculties
  4. Courseware available on GeorgiaVIEW
  5. Software availability under Microsoft Academic Alliance
  6. Laboratory support

Admission requirements

All requirements for admission to the Online MS in CS and Online Graduate Certificate Program are the same as those for the Master of Science in Computer Science degree program.

Student Advising

Each student will have access to a Graduate Advisor. Upon acceptance in the program the student will receive a brochure which will guide the student initially. Once the student is in the program, the student will use the GeorgiaVIEW based Advising sessions to plan their course of study. There will be an online orientation for new graduate students.

Program Management

The graduate program is administered by the Director of the graduate program in CS, who reports to the dean of the school. The duties of the Director include (but are not limited to) handling recruitment and admissions, collecting program statistics, serving as academic advisor, monitoring the masters thesis, and serving as the primary representative for the program within the Department, School, the University, and the community.

Virtual Environment

With more and more students enrolled in online classes, it has been a major concern for educators that online students should be able to access the lab facilities, especially the contemporary software development tools. Many of the software tools required by the CIS curriculum (such as Microsoft Visual Studio.NET, ColdFusion, MS SQL Server, and Oracle DBMS) require stronger computing abilities that can not be provided by the regular PCs or laptops owned by students. In addition, having students send their projects directly to instructors could create an unnecessary inconvenience in grading. Faculty members need to configure their desktop systems to run the projects sent by each student and such configuration is time-consuming.

Since Spring 2006 the School has offered a new service for online computer classes – access to the virtual machines. Students can remotely log onto the system and complete their project assignments. The virtual lab can eliminate all the aforementioned problems for the students and instructors in online classes. It gives equal opportunities to both online and regular students.

Testing Centers

The School has established a network of Testing Centers for the online graduate programs. Information on Testing Centers near you will be provided upon acceptance in to the program. If there is no testing center near your place of residence, guidelines for establishing the testing centers are available with the graduate advisor. The testing center may have a nominal charge for their services. The student is responsible for such charges.

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Minor in Computer Science

Knowledge of computing is a great addition to any degree. The Computer Science Minor gives students an opportunity to apply computing skills in their fields of study.

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Minor in Information Technology

Information Technology is a substantial component of many professions, especially marketing, accounting, and nursing. The IT minor creates an opportunity for successful careers in these fields.

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