All Students Need a Foundation in Technology

The growth of information technologies in virtually all disciplines and workplaces have created a need for many students to have more than a basic introduction to technology. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences provides many opportunities for students to apply engineering, computing, and information issues and perspectives to their own discipline.

Are you interested in writing programs and manipulating data? The Department of Computer Science is right for you.

Computer science involves the scientific study of algorithms and the problems they solve. This leads to careers including programmer, systems analyst, network administrator, database developer, security analyst, IT officer, software engineer, and more.

Do you enjoy designing, analyzing, and implementing computing technology into devices and systems to solve real-world problems?  

Computer engineers embed computers in other machines and systems, build networks to transfer data, and develop ways to make computers faster, smaller and more capable. Graduates of the program acquire requisite skills like computer development, analysis and design that make them employable in multiple job positions throughout the computing industry.

Do you want to apply technology in your career in some other field, such as science, business, or art? Check out the undergraduate informatics program in the Information Science Department.

Informatics courses enhance all disciplines by introducing multiple technology skills.  Careers could include web developer/designer, information assurance and cybersecurity professional, database administrator, and others. 

Do you enjoy working with people to meet their information needs? The Department of Information Science is your best choice.

Information science involves acquiring, organizing, retrieving, and using information. It prepares students to interact with the users of information, and it educates them for careers such as librarians, archivists, information technology specialists, school library media specialists, network or database administrators, and others.

Computer Science

This discipline involves the scientific study of algorithms and the problems they might solve. The Department of Computer Science offers a BA degree, two BS degrees and a combined BA/MS degree. A computer science minor is also offered. Graduate degrees include both the master's degree and the Ph.D.  Computer Science at UAlbany leads to careers including programming, systems analyst, network administrator, database developer, security analyst, IT officer, software engineer, and more.

Computer Engineering

This discipline integrates computer hardware design with software design. The Department of Computer Engineering offers a BS degree. Graduate degrees are being developed but are not yet available. Computer engineers are highly sought after for careers in industry, government, and academia, and command among the highest starting salaries for any BS degree.

Information Science

This field concerns originating, representing, organizing, retrieving, and using information. The Department of Information Science offers a BS degree, an MSIS degree, and a Ph.D.

In preparing students to interact with the users of information, a master’s degree in Information Science educates them for such careers as librarians, archivists, information technology specialists, school library media specialists, network or database administrators, and others.

The Ph.D. program in Information Science is built on the model of the scientist-practitioner emphasizing research, teaching, and the application of research to practice.  It prepares graduates for both academic and research careers in information science or related disciplines and for higher-level management and policy positions in private and public sector organizations.

Informatics looks at how technology is applied to specific disciplines, with targeted programs in government, education, business, the sciences, and the humanities. Information Science at UAlbany offers a BS degree in Informatics as well as a general option minor which may be combined with almost any major..

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