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New GRU degree provides job security

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Security is on the minds of students at Georgia Regents University, the newest computer science degree that is literally job security.

"The Applied Information System Technology and the related MIS and the analytics and the quantitative thing and computer science, I see as key for this country," said Dr. Todd Schultz, GRU professor of information systems.  

The new AIST program at GRU focuses on cyber security; a component that Dr. Shultz said has been in recent demand.

"The whole idea of computer security, information security is on everybody's mind," said Dr. Schultz.

Computer science degrees are nothing new for GRU but Dr. Schultz said they were lacking one that focused on information technologies.

"What this degree does is give us that third leg of the stool for what we offer here at GRU in the whole college of business," said Dr. Schultz.  

The AIST degree that was approved this week by the Georgia Board of Regents allows students to specialize in programs, software development and information security. Computer science students said they are pleased the university has made this addition.

"A lot of employers around here are security related so adding that security class," said Gabriel Wannamaker. "AIST will be very beneficial for all students and all people in Augusta."

Dr. Schultz said this degree is even gaining some interest at Fort Gordon.

"Which has their information technology school here," said Dr. Schultz. "They are definitely interested in this particular flavor of program."

Students can now contact with the registrar's office to officially change their major. Dr. Schultz said they expect the first graduates from this program in 2014.    

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