Bachelor's degree programs in Computer Science encompass two distinct
emphases: an information systems (or business) emphasis and a technical
emphasis. While either emphasis will prepare a student for a computing
career, there are important differences in the context of the work to
be performed, the types of problems to be solved, and the types of systems
to be designed and managed. For both emphases, starting positions include
such titles as programmer, programmer-analyst, and network analyst.
The Information Systems (or business) emphasis focuses on the use of computer technology
and information management methods to solve business problems. The Technical emphasis
focuses on algorithms, theoretical foundations of computer science, and development
of software. The technical emphasis requires a stronger math and science background.
Be sure to see a Computer Science advisor to select the appropriate emphasis for
Baccalaureate schools may have multiple computing degree programs, often located
in different departments, which are based on the Computer Science recommendations.
Consult the baccalaureate school you are considering as a transfer school to determine
the department location and specific requirements for the specific major program
in which you are interested.
Be sure to consult the institution you plan on transferring to for course articulations.