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Department of Computer Studies
The Department of Computer Studies at Kansas Wesleyan University will provide the student with an understanding of computers and their place in today’s society, while fostering an ethical and professional attitude. The Student Technology Assistants Program and internships with leading industries are exciting opportunities for the students.
- Network Management and System Administration
- Network Management and System Administration with an emphasis in Forensic Computing
- Software Engineering and Information Management
- Computer Technology
- Computer Programming
- Database Management
- Science Technology (interdisciplinary)
- Webpage Administration
Why pursue Computer Studies at KWU? Great mentoring faculty and exciting majors!
Because of the small class sizes at Kansas Wesleyan, the Computer Studies faculty are able to work closely with the students and can provide their attention and assistance when it is needed. The three Computer Studies majors have been designed with future jobs in mind. The Forensic Computing major provides students with skills in researching, investigating, utilizing computer and electronic device software, interpreting laws and using the Internet as an investigation tool. Computer forensics involves techniques needed to conduct an investigation, maintain a documented chain of evidence and use analysis techniques to gather and preserve the evidence from a particular computer device in a way that is suitable for presentation in a court of law. The Network Administration and System Management major prepares students for careers in computer networking or system administration and related fields. Students are exposed to various aspects of network hardware and software maintenance and monitoring, configuring and supporting a local area network (LAN) and a wide area network (WAN). The Software Engineering and Information Management major readies students for careers in a wide area of computer technology. Students are exposed to important programming techniques, including visual, procedural and object-oriented programming. Other aspects of computing are covered, including web page programming, database management and structured query language. Hardware interfacing and robotics are another important part of the studies for this major.
There are opportunities for KWU students to pursue a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at a major research university, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Laura Nivens ’17, from Junction City, KS, made the transition from being a Music major to Computer Studies, where she has drawn praise from faculty. She did her summer 2015 REU at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, AR, in the field of Cybersecurity. Her research team worked on a type of database security that combines two methods, encryption and information hiding, to allow users to search encrypted data without having to first decrypt the sensitive information and risk possible theft of the exposed data.
Cole Loewer '17, from Burden, KS, was accepted to a summer 2015 Smart Spaces REU at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. For his faculty-mentored project, he and his research partner worked in the area of augmented reality using the Leap Motion Controller to create a first-person vie adventure-type game controlled by hand motions, such as swiping to look around, pointing to move forward, or slicing to chop down a tree. They then had other the REU students do comparative testing of the game against one operated with a standard mouse and keyboard.
What can I do with this degree?
Each of the three majors in the Department of Computer Studies points students down exciting career paths.
Forensic computing has a wide range of applications. Law enforcement agencies, both local and federal, use computer forensics to gather evidence and obtain more information about a suspect or known criminal. Large corporations may employ a computer forensics professional to monitor employees' computer activities. Computer forensics specialists can help prevent rogue employees or contractors from leaking critical information, such as company plans or sensitive customer data. Computer forensics professionals are referred to by many titles, including computer forensics investigators, digital media analysts, and digital forensics detectives. Each of these positions is concerned with the investigation of digital media.
A Network Administration and System Management degree can prepare you for a variety of positions in this lucrative field. A computer and information systems manager is responsible for administration and implementation of information technology in the workplace. A computer systems analyst makes sure the proper software and hardware is selected, implement the necessary components are implemented and testing id done to ensure everything is running properly. A network and computer system administrator is responsible for Internet systems and ensuring that local area networks and wide area networks are up and running efficiently. And a computer network architect designs small and large networks and ensures they are secure.
The Software Engineering and Information Management major can make you competitive for many mid-level positions in software development and in related fields such as cyber security. Software engineering programs prepare students to do more than code. Bachelor’s educated software engineers may work at any stage of the software development life cycle. Duties can include eliciting project requirements, writing algorithms, coding, testing, deployment, or maintenance. There’s a good deal of variety. You can vie for positions in the business, communications, health care, or gaming industries. You can also work on embedded software projects; this type of software is used in virtually every industry, from medicine to aeronautics.
For more information, contact Dr. Annie Hoekman, Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Computer Studies, or call 785-833-4441.
KWU students in the Department of Computer Studies learn by doing, guided and inspired by knowledgeable faculty. With this kind of exploration into the potential of current and future developments, the field offers rewarding careers and challenging possibilities. It drives innovation in the sciences, as well as in engineering, business, entertainment and education. Those who study any of these Computer Studies majors can make a positive difference in the world. Computing jobs are among the highest paid and can provide a high job satisfaction. As the field expands, there are more computing job openings than qualified people to fill them. A curious mind with the drive to explore and learn and innovate will do well in any of the KWU majors in Computer Studies.