CofC adds new majors in software engineering and statistics
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has approved two new majors for the College of Charleston. Beginning in the Fall 2022 semester, students will be able to obtain a Bachelor of Science in software engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics.
“Expanding the College of Charleston’s portfolio of technical degree programs is critical to meeting current and future workforce needs in the Lowcountry and South Carolina more broadly,” says Sebastien van Deldendean of School of Science and Mathematics. “The addition of these two new majors is an important step in the College of Charleston’s trajectory to become the leading provider of engineering, computer science, data science, and statistical analytics talent in the state of South Carolina.
The new software engineering degree program will be the only such degree offered in South Carolina. In a partnership between the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs and the School of Science and Mathematics, the new degree will require students to take computer science courses, software engineering courses, and a minor in foreign languages/cultural studies.
“Most computer science graduates become software engineers when they enter the workforce. It’s one of the most common types of careers, but traditional computer science degrees don’t necessarily fully prepare students for such a career, making the onboarding process longer,” McCauley says. “Having a curriculum specifically in software engineering adds a new dimension of teaching that targets this key career path, differentiating the Department of Computer Science as a leader in this field.”
According to a recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, software development positions are expected to increase by 22% over the next eight years. Currently, there are over 400 open positions for software engineers in South Carolina, including over 80 in the Charleston area.
The Mathematics department will house the new diploma in statistics.
The new degree will be the retooling of the department’s longstanding statistical concentration to establish a stand-alone major in statistics. The new major will include current existing courses, with the addition of a capstone requirement.
Department of Mathematics Chair Elisabeth Jurisich says the creation of a stand-alone statistics major will significantly improve the College of Charleston’s ability to market this program and grow the technical workforce pipeline for the Lowcountry and beyond.
“For students who choose the BS in Statistics as their major, their major will be communicated more clearly to potential employers, research and internship supervisors, and graduate programs,” says Jurisich. “This will make it easier for students to combine the major with various complementary minors, including economics, data science, and biology, to name a few.”
A recent report reveals that statisticians are currently one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 34% increase in statistics jobs over the next eight years.