Bachelor of Science

Computer Science with a concentration in Software Development

An organization’s website is an open door. Learn how to keep that door ajar and always welcoming to customers. TU’s software development concentration will keep you ahead of the trends, as you master programming, internet and website advancement as well as project management. Computer Science jobs are among the top growing fields; open that door to your future now.

Many different programming languages exist in computer science, and job candidates often focus on one specific language required by their employer, as needs will be different from workplace to workplace. TU’s computer science program, with a concentration in software development, gives graduates a foundation of programming knowledge to be prepared to create websites and applications in a variety of languages and device platforms: a unique advantage, to align with industry standards.

With the computer science major, students will be able to identify hardware and various operating systems and will develop and modify programming concepts and computational mathematics to operational computer applications and code. Our classes will teach students to analyze computer science research and apply findings to solve real world problems, as well as compare and contrast knowledge of computer security models.

With the concentration of software development, students will be able to explain and illustrate the reasons for the modeling and design of computer-based systems and interpret and apply object-oriented programming language.

Classes will prepare students for several certifications. The need for professional certifications has been identified through various studies and responses with our industry partners. The program encourages students to sit for as many professional certifications as possible, proving that they have demonstrated knowledge up to industry standards. Tiffin University is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center and has the ability to administer any Microsoft Certifications available. These certifications, partnered with a degree in computer science will allow our students to have a competitive advantage when it comes to job placement.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the latest data available for software developers, the need is going to increase 24% from the year 2016-2026. This increased need is due to the number of applications, mobile applications and software that is being developed for the latest technologies and needs in the era of the “Internet of Things”.

General Education Core (37 hours)

Computer Science Core (48 hours)

  • MKT151 Introductory Marketing
  • CST155 Introduction to Operating Systems
  • ACC201 Survey of Accounting
  • MGT201 Management of Organizations
  • CST201 Introduction to Programming
  • LAW211 Business Law I
  • ECO222 Principles of Microeconomics
  • CST230 Networking Fundamentals
  • CDS244 Cyber Security
  • CST280 Database I
  • CST285 Spreadsheets and Analytics
  • FIN301 Business Finance
  • CST412 IT Project Management
  • CST460 Research in Computer Science
  • CST470 Internship
  • MGT495 Organizational Strategy

Concentration: Software Development (18 hours)

  • CST212 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CST255 Internet and Website Development
  • CST301 Advanced Programming Concepts
  • CST312 Information Systems for Managers
  • CST380 Database II
  • CST450 Programming for Application Development

Total Bachelor of Science hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

All Computer Science concentrations offered:

Networking Fundamentals (CST230) – This course provides an overview of network hardware, operating systems, and applications with a focus on design, implementation and management of the network environment inside an organization.

Cyber Security (CDS244) – Information systems need to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. This course explores the protection of information from unauthorized access, disruption, modification, and destruction through technology, physical, and social vectors.

Advanced Programming Concepts (CST301) – This course addresses technologies for developing database applications. It covers the principles of database design, and database models using a database software. Organizational data modeling and designing normalized database structures is strongly emphasized. Managerial issues associated with database administration are covered along with an introduction to distributed database concepts in a client-server environment. The course will expose the student to the Structured Query Language (SQL).

Database II (CST280) – This course expands the student’s understanding of the fundamentals introduced in Database I (CST 280) by emphasizing the application of databases to organizational management. Database Management Systems (DBMS), Database administration (DBA) and continues with the exploration of a data manipulation languages such as Structured Query Language (SQL). Students will learn how to connect a database to a program coded with a programming language and experiment with the program communicating with the database. This course will qualify a student to sit for the Microsoft Access 730 Expert certification exam through the Microsoft Corporation to obtain a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification and several SQL server exams offered by Microsoft to obtain a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification.

Programming for Application Development (CST450) – This course explores the latest programming methodologies, particularly the newest programming languages in use today. The development environment and programming language utilized is chosen by the instructor. The purpose is to give the student experience in another programming language different from the beginning course work. The level of programming for the student will be driven to where they can design complicated and sophisticated software using advance coding. Projects will include bridging between basic computer concepts identified in previous course work and designing standard & mobile applications. This course will qualify a student to sit for several certifications’ exams depending on the language utilized. Certifications could include the Microsoft 70-483 Programming in C# or the Microsoft 98-338 Introduction to Programming using JAVA certification exam through the Microsoft Corporation to obtain a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification or other comparable certification.

  • Data Business Process Analyst
  • DCA Engineer
  • Hardware and Network Specialist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Application Developer
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • IBM
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Vodofone

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Faculty

Owen Fritz
Owen Fritz

Owen Fritz

fritzol@tiffin.edu
419-455-6901

Instructor of Computer Science

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.B.A., Tiffin University
  • B.B.A., Tiffin University
  • A.A.B., Terra State Community College
  • CFOT, Certified Fiber Optics Technician
  • MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist

Owen Fritz

Professor Owen Fritz began with Tiffin University in the Fall of 2015 as an affiliate professor for the School of Business in the areas of Computer Information Systems and Economics. In the Spring of 2018, he became a full-time faculty member within the Computer Information Systems program. Owen is proud to have worked alongside Dr. George Miller in bringing Microsoft Office Certification programs to Tiffin University so that students can display the skills acquired from the University as they enter the workplace. Owen is continuing his educational journey by pursuing his Ph.D., in Business Administration with a specialization in Management Information Systems from Northcentral University. His research interests include Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) & Generation Z, Technological Social Responsibility, and Office Applications in the Workplace.

Before academia, Owen has worked a variety of different jobs that have allowed him to develop a wealth of knowledge to pass on to students entering the field. Professor Fritz is a graduate of Tiffin University and is proud to be a #dragonforlife! Outside of the University, he has many different passions and interests that keep him involved in the community. One passion is weather, and Owen is responsible for the Sandusky County Skywarn (Storm Spotters) program that falls under the Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency. Also, he is an Asst. Emergency Coordinator for the Sandusky County Amateur Radio Emergency Service program that is back up communications when disasters should occur. Owen also is an avid fan of basketball as he can see him at most Dragon home games working scoring at the table and he also is a scorekeeper for a local boys’ basketball program.

Owen Fritz
Instructor of Computer Science
Owen Fritz
Instructor of Computer Science
George Miller
George Miller

George Miller, D.B.A.

millergeo@tiffin.edu
419-448-5857

Associate Professor of Computer Science

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.B.A., Tiffin University
  • M.B.A., University of Findlay
  • M.S., South University
  • D.B.A., Argosy University

George Miller, D.B.A.

Dr. George Miller, an undergraduate alumni, is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Tiffin University. He started with Tiffin University as an adjunct instructor in 2012 and went full time in the fall of 2016.

Previous to his time at Tiffin University, Dr. Miller, worked as a full-time instructor, starting in 2005, at a small college in Findlay, Ohio. The duties included instructing business and technology courses and serving as the Director of Technology (DOT), overseeing their student local area network (LAN) and a liaison for the wide area network (WAN), between corporate and the local Findlay college. Prior to his time in education, Dr. Miller spent 28 years in manufacturing. He also served as a board member for the Stansanco Tiffin Works Credit Union, an auditor for the same credit union and prepares tax returns for the past 34 years.

George has lived in Tiffin his whole life and has been married to his wife Sharon for 30 years. Sharon is an adjunct instructor for accounting in the Tiffin University MBA program. The Miller’s like to travel and have spent time in all 50 states.

George Miller, D.B.A.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
George Miller, D.B.A.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

KiddM@tiffin.edu
734-649-9518

Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program

Assistant Professor of Information Technology

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D. Capella University
  • M.S. in Technology Studies/Information Assurance, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. in Information Assurance/Network Security, Eastern Michigan University
  • A.A.S. in Network Administration, Washtenaw Community College

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

After high school, Michael spent 4 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp as a Network Analysis/Administrator. After leaving the Army Michael spent the next 10 years working as a Computer Network Administrator and Penetration Tester for companies in industries such as Law, Health Care, Industrial, Service, and small business environments. Along with his education and experience, Michael currently holds certifications in IT that include CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft SQL, and CISSP.

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program

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