University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

April 17, 2008
Contact: Joy- Crawford Washington, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA Announces New Bachelor’s Degree Programs
in the School of Computer and Information Science


The University of South Alabama will begin offering three new four-year bachelor’s degree programs in the School of Computer and Information Sciences following unanimous approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

The new degree programs in CIS, which were previously specializations, are bachelor of science in computer science, bachelor of science in information systems and bachelor of science in information technology. USA CIS is the only school in the nation accredited for all three degrees.

“The School of Computer and Information Sciences at USA is addressing the demand for highly qualified individuals in the technology field,” said Dr. David L. Feinstein, dean of CIS at the University. “We are pleased to offer these exceptional bachelor’s degree programs that place USA at the forefront of computing education in the Southeast region. Our goal is to prepare our students to effectively compete in the job market.”

Depending on the CIS bachelor’s degree program chosen, students can practice in a wide range of professional careers, including work as support specialists, network administrators, network security specialists, Web developers, systems programs and application programmers. There are many career opportunities for CIS majors including ones in corporate and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, business, medicine, law and education. The technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the Mobile area economy.

“This is a sign of the times,” Feinstein said. “Computing has matured over the years to where there is a broad spectrum of degree and job options in CIS.”

The new bachelor’s degree programs are fully accredited by the Computing Accreditation commission of ABET Inc., formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc.

For more information about the new bachelor’s degree programs in CIS, contact the School of Computer and Information Sciences at 460-6390 or e-mail
USA School of Computer and Information Sciences

Since its establishment in 1980, the School of Computer and Information Sciences’ instructional programs have been nationally and internationally recognized for their excellence. The school currently enrolls 399 students, has awarded 1,800 degrees, and has more than 1,700 alumni.

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