Computer Science

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The degree programs in Computer Science provide students with a strong foundation in programming, problem analysis, problem-solving, and software engineering, significantly supplemented with practical experience using hardware and software resources available in contemporary computer laboratories maintained by the Department.

Computer Science majors must choose a concentration area in either Software and Systems or Cybersecurity.

The Software and Systems concentration curriculum is designed to prepare students for business and industry or graduate school and covers topics related to computing theory and networking and security.

The Cybersecurity concentration provides students with the knowledge of technologies and methods to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and the computing devices that store information. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare students to be able to demonstrate an understanding of information assurance issues and have the skills to solve problems related to computer programming, computer networking, and information security.

Helpful Facts

Athens State University

  • Small class sizes
  • Taught by full-time faculty members
  • Career Development Center
  • Tutoring Lab specific to Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences
  • Lowest tuition rate in the state of Alabama
    • Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours)
      • $2,749 (Athens State)
      • $4,865 (UAH)
      • $4,800 (UNA)
      • $3,888 (JSU)
      • $3,900 (Troy)

Computer Science & Information Technology Programs at Athens State

  • Classes incorporate service/project-based learning
  • Two of the four faculty members engage students in undergraduate research
  • Computer Science program is ABET-accredited
  • Information Security Concentration & Information Technology program being considered for ABET accreditation
  • Based on recent research the top Employers for Athens State Computer Science and Information Technology graduates are:
    • SAIC
    • Northrop Grumman
    • COLSA Corporation
    • Huntsville Hospital
    • Dynetics, Inc.
    • Boeing
    • KBRwyle
    • ADTRAN
    • Intergraph
    • Jacobs
    • Torch Technologies, Inc.
    • Yulista Aviation, Inc.
    • NASA.

Technology in North Alabama

  • Since 2017 Huntsville has had a 306% tech job growth
  • IT jobs will grow 22% through 2020
  • Per capita, Huntsville is one of the top five cities in the US with a concentration of software developers, and #4 in overall STEM workers.
  • In 2018 there were 4,711 open computing jobs in the state of Alabama
  • The average computing salary in the state of Alabama is $84,739