B.S. Applied Computer Science and Information Systems
Applied Computer Science and Information Systems will provide you with strong skills to solve real-world problems. Employers are seeking students with expertise in computing and information systems. Three of the six fastest growing careers are in Computing as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2006-2016. Our program will allow you to acquire hands-on problem solving skills under the guidance of a faculty with considerable industrial and research experience. Several different tracks are available to suit a variety of interests and career goals.
Mobile & Game Development Track
This track emphasizes software development and prepares you for a wide range of careers in some of today’s newest and most in-demand technology areas. Students learn coding skills at increasing levels of complexity throughout the program. Many courses are project-based, emphasizing the importance of translating concepts to operational prototypes. Topics covered include areas such as Computer Graphics, Mobile Device Programming, Software Engineering, Game Programming, Machine Learning and Robotics. The skills you acquire in this program will prepare you for a career in computer programming, software engineering, game development, and mobile device programming.
Database & Network Administration Track
This track emphasizes Systems Administration with a focus on Database and Network Administration. It prepares you with highly sought after skills for a career in the Information Technology field. You will gain considerable hands-on experience with Database Application Development, Database Administration, Network Administration, Operating System Administration, and Network Security.
Interdisciplinary Computing Track
This track provides the flexibility for you to apply a solid foundation of Applied Computing to a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, Art, Biology, Business, Nanotechnology, Music, Physics, and Psychology. With our faculty’s guidance, this track provides the flexibility for you to create a personally-tailored degree program to meet your unique talents and career goals.
Our programs provide many opportunities for hands-on experience. Our students have performed internships at a wide variety of businesses including Deloitte & Touche, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Restek Corp., Lock Haven Hospital, the Jersey Shore School District, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and Masland Industries.
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Justin Martin, '15
“It can be the little things that matter most,” says Justin Martin, ’15, as he reflects on the personal attention provided by LHU professors and his advisor, Dr. Krish Pillai, who assisted him in finding a National Science Foundation (NSF) research experience at Salisbury University in Maryland. “Dr. Pillai helped me complete the application, teach me the special technical skills (e.g., CUDA) needed for placement, reviewed algorithms with me, and even gave me his cell phone number so I could contact him in the summer with questions that arose at the research site,” explains Justin. “The combination of hands-on experience and passionate caring professors represents why I earned More than a degree from Lock Haven. The experience made me comfortable in a variety of environments and prepared me well for change.”
After receiving his B.S. in Computer Science, Justin landed a position at Raytheon as a software engineer. In addition to coursework and industry experience at NSF, Justin served as secretary and treasurer of the ACM club, an organization that also afforded him opportunities to attend a super-computing conference, a programming competition, and workshops on hardware/software. He believes these experiences helped him secure his position. Knowledge of areas like data structures, algorithms, coding, building systems, networking, and work-flow methodologies is essential to job success. However, expectations also include a willingness to learn new technologies and ideas, hold flexible working hours, work independently or in groups, and communicate effectively. LHU’s Computer Science Program provides opportunities to learn about these important knowledge, skills and dispositions.