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Loyola adds new Computer Information Systems degree to Fall curriculum

Loyola press release - March 20, 2015

According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 778,300 new jobs in the broad area of "Computer and Mathematical Occupations" will be added to the job market by the year 2020, representing a growth rate of 22 percent and making it the sixth fastest growing major occupational group. Loyola University New Orleans is ready to help students keep up with that trend with the introduction of a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems to be offered beginning in the Fall of 2015.

The program is designed to give students the computer skills they need to work in the business world. The course will include 21 hours in the major areas of computer science and computer information systems, 15 hours in the supporting area of management science and five credit hours of practical experience through a project or internship. The classes will include Introduction to Programming I and II, Information Systems Theory and Introduction to Relatable Data Bases. There also are seven College of Business courses that will be tied to the degree program as well as several electives.

"It is designed to appeal to students who are looking to go into business," said Ralph Tucci, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and director of computational science. "It will give a person a good, solid background in computers and show them just how computers are needed to conduct business. Usually, there are large programs involved, which involve teamwork. No one can do it alone. Part of what we will teach is how a team of people works together. We have some very specific ideas on that."

The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences currently offers a major in Computational Mathematics and an interdisciplinary Computational Science minor. These programs emphasize mathematics and are more theoretical in nature. The new major will add more practical knowledge and is more career oriented.

Information on the new degree can be found here.