NYSCAS Department of Computer Science Offering New Undergraduate Degrees

Date: December 05, 2012
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New York, N.Y. - The Touro College Department of Computer Science is offering two new undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Science and an Associate in Science. The two programs—both in Information Technology: Network Administration and Security—were recently approved by the State Education Department.

"We are very proud to be able to offer our students the opportunity to pursue an education in fields that are at the forefront of this constantly advancing age of technology," said Eva Spinelli, vice president and executive administrative dean of Touro’s New York School of Career and Applied Studies (NYSCAS). "This is a rapidly expanding market and our graduates will be well-positioned to take advantage of it."

In these programs, students develop the technical skills required for employment in computing systems and network-driven information systems. Students will gain a solid foundation in computer systems hardware and software installation, troubleshooting and security, as well as network design implementation, administration and security. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to improve their skills in more advanced areas of network and information systems security.

To launch these new programs, the department is offering two new courses in the Fall 2012 semester: Computer Hardware and Systems Security, and Electronics for Computers and Data Communications. In addition, two more courses will be offered in Spring 2013 at both Touro’s Main Campus in Manhattan and the NYSCAS Touro Computer Center in Brooklyn : Networking Essentials, and Advanced Computer Hardware and System Security.

"The IT industry has a strong demand for skilled personnel to protect vital networks and support continuing mission critical operations for computer systems and information security," said Dr. Issac Herskowitz, chair of the department of computer science and dean of the Graduate School of Technology (GST). "To address this growing need, we developed these new programs which use practical, hands-on approaches to give students the skills they’ll need to establish careers within the industry."

After completing the four-year Bachelor of Science degree program, students will be prepared for careers as computer technicians, network administrators and computer security specialists. Students who complete the two-year Associate’s program will be able to join the workforce in entry-level positions such as help-desk specialists, computer specialists or network administrators, then seamlessly transition to the Bachelor of Science program. After earning a Bachelor’s degree, students can choose to continue their education by enrolling in GST’s Master of Science program in Information Systems.

"More and more businesses require specialists in these areas to protect their networks Herskowitz noted. "These degrees address these needs and accommodate our students and faculty, who had requested that we create this type of program."