Why Computer Science or Information Security?

Computers have become an integral part of everyday life, used for a variety of reasons at home, in the workplace, and at schools.

"The explosion of computer use has created a high demand for specialists to provide advice to users, as well as day-to-day administration, maintenance, and support of computer systems and networks."

-Occupational Outlook Handbook

What are Computer Science and Information Security?

Computer Science is the systematic study of computing systems and computation. The body of knowledge resulting from this discipline contains theories for understanding computing systems and methods; design methodology, algorithms, and tools; methods for the testing of concepts; methods of analysis and verification; and knowledge representation and implementation.

Information Security is concerned with the use of technology in managing, protecting,  and processing information, especially in large organizations. In particular, Information Security deals with the use of electronic computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit, and retrieve information. Information Security is a vital part in today's businesses. Most businesses would not be able to function with out some type of information security.


Careers in Computer Science include jobs such as:

Programmer, Program Designer, Cryptographer, Software Engineer, Network Systems Analyst, Data Communications Analyst, Database Administrator, Chief Information Officer, Computer Operator, Security Specialist, Service Technician, Consultant, CAD/CAM Designer, Research Analyst, Robotics Analyst, Government Official, Computer Salesperson

Careers in Information Security include jobs such as:

Network Administrator, Information Technology Analyst, Software Engineer, IT Specialist, Technology Developer, Computer Operator, Communications Specialist, Computer Design and Engineering, Computer Programmer, Web Designer, Web Administrator, Government Official, Entrepreneur, Security Specialist, Customer Service Representative, Computer Consultant, Software Applications Developer

Why Computer Science/Information Security at SUU?

  • Personalized attention to each individual
  • Small class sizes at upper-division levels
  • Hands-on experience with industry through internship, service learning, and/or community service opportunities
  • State of the art labs and classrooms
  • Networking Lab
  • Computer Forensics Lab
  • Highly qualified and friendly professors
  • Opportunity to get involved in professional clubs
  • Reasonably priced