Lewis signs Computer Science degree agreement with COD

College of DuPage and Lewis University Partner to Offer Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science at COD’s Glen Ellyn Campus

Published: October 8, 2012.

College of DuPage and Lewis University have announced a new 3+1 educational agreement that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Lewis University at COD’s Glen Ellyn campus.

This program is open to all COD students and alumni who have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems or Computer Internetworking Technology from College of DuPage.

During the first three years of the 131 credit-hour program, students complete 95 credit-hours of COD courses offered at COD’s tuition rate. The fourth year, students complete 36 credit-hours of Lewis coursework taught by Lewis professors at College of DuPage at a reduced Lewis University tuition rate.

“This is the fourth educational partnership we’ve completed with Lewis University in the past two years,” said Dr. Jean V. Kartje, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “These exceptional agreements offer quality education and training for students while keeping the attainment of a four-year degree affordable and accessible. We are extremely pleased to be at the forefront of this innovative trend in higher education.”

“We are very excited to pursue this initiative with the College of DuPage to offer their students a high-quality, cutting-edge degree in Computer Science,” said Dr. Ray Klump, Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and Director of the Master of Science in Information Security at Lewis University. “College of DuPage’s CIT and CIS curricula provide their students an excellent set of computer skills. With the additional coursework we will provide, their students will graduate both having mastered today’s technology and able to create tomorrow’s. Ultimately, this is going to mean great things for students at both institutions.”

College of DuPage offers an A.A.S. degree in Computer and Internetworking Technology, as well as an A.A.S. degree in its Computer Information Systems in Application and Technical Support Specialist and Software Development. In addition, the CIS and CIT programs offer a combined total of 22 certificate programs.

Starting this May, these programs and the COD/Lewis 3+1 Computer Science program will be housed in the completely renovated 18,500 square-foot Seaton Computing Center at College of DuPage. This $7 million project involves the complete renovation and remodeling of the 20-year-old center, resulting in a highly specialized computer training center that includes high-tech classrooms, a visual and simulation lab, networking hardware labs, a server/ internetworking lab, software/web development labs, and end-user labs.

Lewis University offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Computer Science with areas of specialization in Computer and Network Security, Video Game Development, Distributed and Mobile Computing Technologies and Simulation of Scientific Systems. Many Lewis Computer Science students pursue internships in the field as students, and several alumni have gone on to found and lead area technology firms. Over its 40-year history, the Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology. It recently opened four new labs, including the Ubiquitous Computing Lab to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices, and the Networking and Security lab to equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. The department is currently working on new offerings in cloud computing and data mining.

For more information about the COD/Lewis 3+1 B.S. degree in Computer Science, please call COD Admissions Representative Jose Alferez at (630) 942-3146, alferezj@cod.edu, or Lewis University Computer Science and Mathematics Chair, Dr. Ray Klump, at (815) 836-5528, klumpra@lewisu.edu.

College of DuPage is hosting a 3+1 College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Services Center (SSC) Atrium, with presentations in SSC 2201 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.). For more information about this event, call (630) 942-2380.

Click here for more information about COD’s 3+1 programs.

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