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Why CECS?

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Dynamic, innovative, cross-disciplinary instruction

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Access to courses on timely and relevant topics

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Ability to customize coursework to achieve specific career goals

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Strong industry partnerships and employment opportunities

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CECS Programs

A CECS degree is customizable and cross-cutting, drawing on expertise from across campus to provide students with forward-thinking, future-oriented educational experiences designed to align their interests with emerging career paths of the future. CECS students graduate with in-demand skills and a clear path to rewarding careers.

With strong industry partnerships, CECS ensures students get valuable, hands-on experience through internships, capstones, research, and service projects. CECS students are also a part of a cohort experience, interacting and collaborating with students from across campus with different areas of interest.

CECS Majors, Minors, and Certificates

Applied Artificial Intelligence

The Applied Artificial Intelligence degree offers a foundational understanding of AI concepts, data sources, and tools. This program accentuates real-world applications across various disciplines. It aims to delve into the methods and components of AI solutions, assessing potential sources of bias, social impacts, and other ethical considerations related to AI. These skills are integral to the burgeoning sector of applied AI.

Degree Outcomes

  • Understand core AI principles, algorithms, and models
  • Apply AI techniques to diverse real-world problems
  • Evaluate AI’s ethical, social, and legal impacts
  • Collaborate across disciplines, integrating AI insights
  • Solve complex challenges using creative AI solutions
  • Adapt to evolving AI trends and continue learning
  • Engage in innovative AI research and development
  • Communicate AI concepts to all audiences
  • Attain job readiness through internships and projects

Data Science

The Data Science degree aims to provide students with comprehensive training in data analysis, preparing them for diverse careers in various sectors such as healthcare, finance, and education. This interdisciplinary program focuses on teaching students to convert raw data into meaningful insights using advanced techniques like data mining and machine learning. It offers flexibility for students to specialize in areas of interest through electives and practical experience via internships and capstone projects. The program responds to the increasing demand for data science professionals, contributing to educational excellence and workforce development in a data-driven world.

Degree Outcomes

  • Develop relevant programming abilities
  • Demonstrate proficiency with statistical analysis of data
  • Develop the ability to build and assess data-based models
  • Demonstrate skill in data wrangling and data management
  • Apply data science concepts and methods to address problems in real-world contexts
  • Develop the ability to visualize, conceptualize data, and extract meaning for relevant audiences
  • Understand ethical and privacy aspects of data in different contexts

CECS also offers a minor in Data Science

Innovative Transdisciplinary Studies

The Innovative Transdisciplinary Studies degree is designed to be a customizable degree to prepare students for future employment opportunities based on the need for a workforce skilled in multiple emerging areas of expertise. Student interests across disciplines will be facilitated by an innovative curriculum designed to be modular with stackable certificates. Each certificate will consist of 12 student credit hours, and students can earn (stack) multiple certificates to develop a customized skill set, e.g., a certificate in Applied AI can be stacked with a certificate in Game Craft to create specific expertise for a student.

Degree Outcomes

  • Master concepts, theories, and methods across multiple disciplines in the chosen transdisciplinary field.
  • Recognize and utilize connections between disciplines to solve complex problems.
  • Apply systems thinking to understand interconnectedness in social, environmental, and technological systems.
  • Consider societal and environmental implications in proposing responsible solutions.
  • Plan and execute transdisciplinary research projects using diverse methodologies.
  • Synthesize data from various sources for evidence-based conclusions.
  • Design and implement comprehensive transdisciplinary projects addressing complex issues.
  • Collaborate effectively with individuals from diverse disciplines to solve problems.
  • Communicate ideas clearly to diverse audiences, including non-specialists in specific disciplines

Stackable Certificates

A certificate is 12-credit hours, comprised of one 3-credit CECS course and 9 credit hours from selected electives. Certificates are stackable. Three certificates can be completed to earn an Bachelor of Science in Innovative Transdisciplinary Studies.

Applied Artificial Intelligence

The Certificate in Applied Artificial Intelligence is a focused program that equips students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to understand and work with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in various real-world applications. This certificate program is designed to gain a fundamental understanding of AI and its practical uses. The curriculum is designed to align with the current demands and trends in the AI industry. Upon completion, students should have gained a foundational understanding of AI concepts and practical skills, making them well-prepared to pursue entry-level positions in AI-related roles or continue their education in AI at a higher level if desired. 

Applied Artificial Intelligence and Medicine 

The Certificate in Artificial Intelligence and Medicine is a specialized program designed to empower healthcare professionals and technologists with the knowledge and skills needed to harness the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in the medical field. This program merges the realms of healthcare and cutting-edge technology, providing participants with a deep understanding of how AI can enhance diagnostics, treatment planning, and overall healthcare delivery. 

Artificial Intelligence Integration in Music 

The Certificate in Artificial Intelligence Integration in Music is a dynamic and interdisciplinary program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills at the intersection of artificial intelligence and the evolving landscape of music technology. This certificate program offers a comprehensive exploration of how cutting-edge AI techniques can be harnessed to revolutionize various aspects of music creation, production, and analysis. 

Applied Cybersecurity

The Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity is a stackable certificate designed to equip students with practical knowledge and skills in the field of cybersecurity. This certificate program focuses on real-world applications of cybersecurity principles and practices, preparing students for entry-level positions in the cybersecurity industry. 

Data Science

The Certificate in Data Science is a comprehensive program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the dynamic field of data science. This program integrates foundational principles with hands-on, practical experience to prepare students for careers in data analysis, machine learning, and other data-driven roles across diverse industries. 

Game Craft

The Certificate in Game Craft is a focused and hands-on academic program that provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the art and science of game design and development. This program is designed to equip individuals with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to enter the dynamic and rapidly evolving field of game development. 

Literacy on Emerging Topics

The Certificate in Literacy on Emerging Topics equips students with foundational knowledge, critical thinking skills, and practical application in emerging areas such as blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Certificate is intended for working professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students interested in incorporating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into their current practice and skills. This certificate is intended to increase sustainable development competency both internationally and domestically and to prepare students for a career in private industry, the government, or a non-governmental organization.

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