NNU introduces Cybersecurity and Data Science emphases

Last Updated 15 February, 2019

Northwest Nazarene University’s Department of Computer Science (CS) is excited to announce two new areas of concentration: Cybersecurity and Data Science.

Students studying Cybersecurity will be equipped with the skills needed to protect operating systems, networks and data from cyber attacks. Data Science, often correlated with Artificial Intelligence (AI), is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge from voluminous data.

“Students with bachelor's degrees in computer science are in such high demand that we cannot adequately fill all the available internships and employment opportunities. Projected growth in cybersecurity and data science/AI jobs is huge, so adding these emphases to our existing, solid computer science curriculum makes sense,” said Dr. Barry Myers, Professor of Computer Science and Department Chair.

NNU’s CS students already have the opportunity to experience cutting edge research that professors bring from outside labs into the classroom. Every CS major actively engages in this research, with many students also participating in summer internships. Opportunities for undergrad participation in applied interdisciplinary CS research are funded by NASA, NIH, the USDA and the U.S. Forest Service.

“In NNU’s CS department, you will have small class sizes, emphasis on timely graduation and opportunities to experience cutting edge research that professors bring from their labs into the classroom. Not to mention, we have the only Data Science/AI major in the northwest outside of Pac12 research institutions in Washington and Oregon,” stated Dr. Dale Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. “This concentration is an offshoot of the cutting edge research being done at NNU in the development of interdisciplinary data science and artificial intelligence.”

The two new CS concentrations will begin Fall 2019.