Providing students with the solid foundations of computer science necessary to succeed in programming, systems development, network technology, database administration, internet, education, and technical support.
Computer science is at the core of countless industries and is the #1 college major according to The Princeton Review based on job prospects, salary, and popularity. Piedmont College’s computer science program prepares students with the tools necessary to be innovators and problem solvers. The program emphasizes the study of computer systems architecture, software development, and data communications. Students will also develop problem-solving techniques, which are vital to nearly every career. Additionally, software developer is the #1 job according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report.
About the Program
In constructing a rough draft for this proposal, we relied heavily on the Curriculum Guidelines published as joint effort between the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): http://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/education/it2017.pdf.
Over the period of 2009 to 2015, bachelor's degrees in computer science rose by 74% (compared to 16% across all fields) and Ph.D. degrees rose by 21% (http://cacm.acm.org/news/222619-nas-report-investigates-the-growth-of-computer-scienceundergraduate-enrollments).
In industry, US News and World Report lists software developer as the #1 best job of 2018 with a six figure median salary and only 1.6% unemployment rate (https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/software-developer).
Moreover, the National Academy of Science has published a report growth of computer science undergraduate enrollments in which they recommend "all institutions need to make strategic plans to address [...] the growing demand for the courses."
Finally, according to the bureau of labor statistics (https://www.bls.gov/oes/2017/may/oes_ga.htm), in May 2017 the state of Georgia had 3.3% of all reported jobs were in the field of computer science. (For reference, 5.6% of reported jobs were in the field of healthcare practitioner.)