Degrees Offered:

In the department, we offer two types of degrees at the undergraduate level.

1. Bachelor Degrees:

BS in Computer Science:

Overview-- Computer Science spans the range from theory through programming to cutting-edge development of computing solutions. Computer Science offers a foundation that permits graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas. The work of computer scientists falls into three categories:

  • Designing and building software
  • Developing effective was to solve computing problems, such as storing information in databases, sending data over networks, or providing new approaches to security problems.
  • Devising new and better ways of using computers and addressing particular challenges in areas such as robotics, computer vision, or digital forensics.

Like most Computer Science programs, the YSU Computer Science major requires a significant mathematical background. The Computer Science program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science. The flexibility of the program allows the student many choices including a second minor.  

This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester. For further details please refer to the The Electronic Curriculum Sheet.

Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Overview-- The computer information systems professional will develop his or her ability to conceptualize, design, and implement high-quality information systems based upon computer systems ranging from a single-user system to complex, interactive, and multi-user distributed systems. This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 15-16 hours per semester. For further details please refer to The Electronic Curriculum Sheet.

Applied Science in Information Technology

Overview-- The information technology professional will develop his or her ability to conceptualize, design, and implement high-quality information systems based upon computer systems ranging from single-user systems to complex, interactive, and multi-user distributed systems. This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester.

IT majors will choose to follow one of several concentration areas:

  • Database
  • E-Commerce Programming
  • Multimedia/Web Design 
  • Networking
  • Security

For further details please refer to The Electronic Curriculum Sheet.

2. Associate Degrees:

Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Overview-- the computer information systems associate degree program emphasizes the use of computers to solve business or science problems. The graduate may be employed in positions involving direct use of microcomputers and mainframe computers for business or science administration and decision support applications. The degree may be earned in four semesters if student averages 16 credit hours per semester. 

The computer information systems program offers students the flexibility of earning either a two-year AAS degree or continuing for an additional two years to obtain a four-year BSAS degree through the two-plus-two program.

This discipline covers both the technical and end-user aspects of computing, using PCs through mainframe computers with hands-on experience.

Students skills are developed in computation that includes:

  • Application Programming
  • Networking and telecommunications
  • Database design
  • Cybersecurity
  • Analysis of complex business and technical environments 

CIS graduates of the AAS degree program will continue their studies towards a bachelor's degree in a computer or information technology area or obtain employment as programmers, computer specialists, and in other closely related fields. 

CIS graduates of the BSAS degree program will obtain full-time employment as programmers, network administrators, systems analysts, computer specialist, and in other closely related fields. For further details please refer The Electronic Curriculum Sheet.

Applied Science in Information Technology

Overview-- Graduates of the associate degree program  can pursue careers in service and support of information systems, as well as continuing on to a bachelor's degree in information technology. This degree may be earned in four semesters if students average 16-17 hours per semester. The program information technology  provides systematic foundations that include methodologies and models for conceptualizing the complex dynamics of the information technology environment as it applies to the information systems design and implementation, supports work processes and employee performance enhancements; is designed to improve overall work group and individual productivity; and addresses the creation, distribution, storage, and use of information in all its states. Business are incorporated as an integral part of all course content information Technology encompasses: 

  • End-user Computing 
  • Information Centers
  • Computer-Supported Work
  • Performance Support
  • Project Management
  • Multimedia
  • Networks
  • Database Systems
  • System Analysis
  • Information Security

IT graduates of the AAS degree program will continue their studies towards a bachelor's degree in a computer or information technology area or will obtain full-time employment as web technologies, help desk support, network technicians, and in other closely related fields. 

IT graduates of the BSAS degree program will obtain full-time employment as web-designers, network administrators, multimedia specialists, and in other closely related fields. For further details please refer to The Electronic Curriculum Sheet