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Majors in the Computer Science Department

Computer Science/Information Technology Majors

This page provides context on the department's undergraduate majors, new or revised as of Fall 2005. Detailed information on course requirements for all these majors (as well as the B.S./M.S. Dual-Degree program and minors in "Computer Science" and "Computer Crime and Forensics") may be found through the Undergraduate Programs page.

B.S. in Computer Science - Courses
Computer science has grown to cover an enormous range of areas. The computer science major of Loyola's Department of Computer Science allows students broad freedom to choose the parts they wish to integrate. Some students may emphasize certain knowledge areas preparing for a Ph.D. program or a successful professional career. Others choose parts that fit particularly well with a second major or a minor, or look ahead to a graduate professional program. With choices in networking, software engineering, databases, client/server programming, artificial intelligence, graphics, security, distributed computing, data mining, cryptography, numerical algorithms, systems analysis, bioinformatics, ..., there are many plans of study a student can create.
B.S. in Communications Networks and Security - Courses
This new major grows out of the enormous importance of network computing and the major challenges to security that these networks pose. Students examine the architecture, properties, management and performance of both wired and wireless networks, including how to keep them reliable and secure. Students gain the talents and skills necessary for success in today’s organizations according to current industry practices: planning, designing, implementing and administering voice and data communication networks; assessing and implementing the communication and security requirements of an organization in the form of a secure communication infrastructure; and functioning as an effective member of a network and security services division in an organization.

The Department of Labor projects a 57% (106,000) increase in the demand for Network systems and data communications analysts and a 37% increase (94,000) in Network and computer systems administrators over a 10 years period.
B.S. in Information Technology - Courses
Enterprises have an ever-growing investment in the exploding quantity of information, especially in web related data, that requires increasingly sophisticated approaches for efficient access and productive use. Students gain the talents and skills to be successful in today’s organizations following current industry practices: planning, designing, implementing and administering data information and knowledge bases that can be effectively mined; assessing the information and data requirements of an organization and implementing these requirements as an information system; and functioning as an effective member of an information services division in an organization.

The Department of Labor projects a 44% increase (44,000) in database administers and a 36% increase in computer and information systems managers (103,000) over a 10 year period.
B.S. in Software Development - Courses
With software applications of enormous size, complexity, and expense now prevalent in diverse domains, software engineering has never been as important a field as it is now. Students gain necessary talents to be successful in today’s organizations, following current industry practices: designing and developing software; understanding and applying software development processes and methodologies in their work; leveraging software development tools used in the various phases of the development life cycle; and functioning as an effective member of a software development team or organization. Students develop their knowledge and skill though high-level electives where they write major projects in diverse areas such as client/server programming for the web, distributed programming for large clusters of processors, database programming, and markup language transformation. While working on modern applications with current software engineering practices such as Extreme Programming, students learn to analyze and apply good algorithms and other relevant tools.

The department of Labor estimates there will be a 39% (184,000) increase in demand for Computer Systems Analysts in the next ten years. And in the recent projections of job growth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), new hires are on the upswing for software design and development graduates in particular, with an average starting salary of $57,729.
B.S. in Bioinformatics - Courses
The field of Bioinformatics is rooted in the massive databases generated by worldwide DNA sequencing projects and by ever widening 3-dimensional protein structure studies. Mining the wealth of biological and chemical information contained in these databases requires the tools of computer science and statistics. Bioinformatics approaches have already led to countless scientific, medical, and agricultural breakthroughs that would have taken decades to achieve without the foresight of a small number of visionary scientists and programmers. This major provides students with the training, skills, and opportunity to become charter members of this exciting, ground-breaking discipline with virtually limitless post-graduate educational and career advancement possibilities for years to come. Loyola is home to a superb group of faculty members already working at the interfaces of these four disciplines, who are combining their expertise to offer students this unique educational opportunity. This interdisciplinary major has its own detailed web pages.
B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics - Courses
Many parts of computer science, including scientific computing, analysis of algorithms, and advanced research, use much mathematics. This major is for those people who want this highly analytical direction.
B.S. in Computer Science and Physics - Courses
Physics is understood in terms of many mathematical relationships that are much easier to state than solve, and computer science has become a major part of many physicists' work to solve enormous problems. This major is preparation for graduate study in physics, applied physics, computer science, and especially in the burgeoning research field of computational physics, as well as in many branches of engineering. Employment opportunities are in industry, R&D and manufacturing, research and teaching in academic institutions, and research in government and private laboratories.

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