Why Major in Informatics and Computer Science?
Our department is adept at educating students in such a way that they are well-prepared,
marketable, and ready to succeed in computing careers in Business
Computer Science. These STEM majors are characterized
by excellent salaries and fantastic job prospects.
Students often ask about the difference between Business Informatics and Computer Science. Here is a very broad differentiation:
- Computer Science graduates develop software that makes it possible for computer systems to function effectively.
- Business Informatics graduates develop software that makes it possible for businesses to function effectively.
What is informatics? Click for a brief video discussion.
Our classes are taught by highly-qualified professors rather than teaching assistants, and
class sizes are relatively small. Professors are highly accessible and enjoy working closely
with individual students to help them develop their skills and knowledge. Our professors have
ties with many computing-reliant employers, and we have successfully assisted many students in
their job search.
If you are seeking a lucrative career with plentiful job opportunities and
career paths, you will want to check out the majors offered by the Informatics and
Computer Science department!
Click to download a presentation comparing the three majors.
Click the arrow to view the ACM's Top 10 Reasons to Major in Computing.
ICS is STEM!
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes are assigned to every major
in order to classify the program. Every major offered by the ICS department has a CIP
code indicating that it is a STEM Designated Degree Program, according to the
Department of Homeland
Security. The following list shows the CIP codes for each ICS major:
|STEM Designated Degree Programs
||CIP Code Title
The STEM job market is even larger than previously reported (source). There were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs as of May 2015,
and the demand for STEM workers is growing more rapidly than that for non-STEM positions
71% of STEM jobs in the U.S. will be in
computing by 2018
(Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Areas with the greatest demand are applications software developers (686,470), computer user
support specialists (563,540) and computer systems analysts (528,320)
(Click on either chart for a larger image. From Computing Is The Safe STEM Career Choice Today.)
The skills and knowledge in STEM disciplines are essential for student success,
because these fields are vitally important in the real world. STEM is an interdisciplinary,
applied approach that involves hands-on, problem-solving-based learning.
Organizations in all sectors are finding that their future growth and
productivity are tied to tech-based fields; they need new hires with the
business skills to work across disciplinary chasms to tackle difficult problems
Unemployment rates in STEM occupations have been historically low – generally lower than overall
rates for workers with a bachelor’s or higher degree. STEM workers command higher salaries, and that wage
premium is rising. Students who gain a strong STEM foundation today will face brighter prospects in years
to come: Their skills will be resilient even as markets and technologies change (source).
Courses in informatics and computer science can be challenging, but our student-oriented
professors can improve your odds. As long as you are dedicated to your studies and willing to
willing to work hard, the job market and salaries can be quite rewarding.
The menu at the top of this page leads to more details about our program. This site
includes more information about our majors and the many options from which our students
can choose (select Degrees & Certificates, and then click on one of the Majors,
Minors, or Certificates), information on choosing a major (Selecting
a Major), current salary ranges (Salaries), details about the
coursework required in our programs (Advising), our goal to provide
students with experience prior to graduating though internships or through our Applied Informatics Team, our specialized faculty (Specialized Faculty), more about our efforts to attract more women
to our STEM majors (Women in IT), links to full
color brochures (Brochures), and information on how to give back to the program
to help us better serve our current students (Giving Back).