Western adds new emphasis to Computer Science program

Western adds new emphasis to Computer Science program

Dec 18, 2017

Recognizing a growth in cybersecurity jobs, Western State Colorado University this month approved the addition of an Information Security emphasis to its Computer Science program.

Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, five new classes focused on topics such as information security, cryptography, network security, hacking and malware, software engineering, and data science will be available to students.

Western modeled its new Information Security emphasis after a renowned program at the University of Maryland, positioning Western to be a leader in this area of study within the State of Colorado.

The addition of the Information Security emphasis is the latest demonstration of Western’s commitment to staying ahead of trends in higher education, workforce demands and ever-changing needs of college students. For example, there are 13,000-plus computing jobs currently open in Colorado, according to code.org, and the average salary for a computing occupation in the state is approximately $99,000.