Undecided Computing

  • Undeclared

  • GU Possibilities
    • Graduates of Gannon’s computer and information science department programs enjoy a 100- percent placement rate in either employment or graduate studies.
    • Nationally, more than one million systems-related professionals will be needed in the next 10 years according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Gannon’s computer science and information systems programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
    • Gannon’s software engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
    • Gannon offers over 70 undergraduate degree options to choose from in a variety of disciplines, from business and engineering to humanities, education, the sciences and health professions.
    • The undeclared program assists students in identifying personal interests and career objectives that will help determine a major. A four-year career plan is offered to every student, along with career assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.
    • Nationally, between 30 and 40 percent of incoming freshmen are unsure of a major when they enter college. It is also estimated that 50-60 percent of students change their majors, and many do so more than once.

    You Will Learn

    The undeclared option allows students the ability to explore personal interests and major/career opportunities both one-on-one and in a group setting with an advisor. Undeclared students will initially be scheduled for a mix of liberal arts core classes and classes of interest, providing the time needed to explore possibilities and make an informed decision on a college major.

    Undeclared students will be encouraged to declare a major by the end of freshman year.

    Students interested in a major in the health sciences, education or engineering are advised to fully explore their eligibility for these majors prior to registering as an undeclared student.

    Undecided Computing

    Computing is a broad field with many specializations. In undecided computing, students follow a common track while developing core competencies and exploring program options such as computer science (CS), information systems (IS) and software engineering (SE). Because many courses overlap at the introductory level, students have the opportunity to work with each other while experiencing the synergy of the department and discovering the best academic path based on their interests.

    Each academic degree program is accredited by ABET. The IS and CS programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) , while the SE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org). Students have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience working with technology-enabled businesses in Gannon’s Erie Technology Incubator.  

    You Will Experience

    Students in the computer and information science department routinely benefit from internship experiences that complement their academic work. Opportunities for internships are available at local businesses and organizations, including Erie Insurance, GE Transportation and UPMC Hamot.

    You Will Achieve

    Recent Gannon graduates of the computer and information science department have secured employment at top organizations such as Bayer Corporation, Citizens Bank, Erie Insurance, GE Transportation and UPMC Hamot. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

     

    • applications development
    • computer programmer
    • database administrator
    • information resource
    • management
    • network specialist
    • software developer
    • systems analyst
    • systems or application designer
    • telecommunication specialist
    • web and e-commerce initiatives

    You Will Earn

    Salary information for specific programs is available on each program page.  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.