When will the Software Development option be available? The CSC dept’s proposal is in the final stages of MSU committee approval. Approval is anticipated in early 2016 with effectivity Fall 2016. You can neither declare this degree option nor graduate with this degree option until Fall 2016, but you can take classes in Spring 2016 with expectation of degree approval for future graduation.
Is the Software Development option accredited by ABET? No. We believe accreditation is less important to employers than demonstration of individual skills and motivation. The courses of the Software Development option have been designed to qualify for ABET accreditation which we may seek in the future.
Will the Software Development option be well-regarded by employers? Our Advisory Board, made up of MSU CSC grads in industry leadership, have told us that a Software Development option will be attractive to their companies. (There’s a shortage of Computer Science majors!) The Software Development option is another form of the CSC degree. The printed degree will read “Computer Science.”
Is there a disadvantage to completing the Software Development option compared to the Computer Science option? Answers to this would be anecdotal: at least one person will hold every possible opinion. We believe employers are most interested in demonstration of individual skills and motivation, and that completion of either the Software Development option or the Computer Science option is preferable to any other degree.
What is a good choice for a minor? Dozens of minors are available for you to make a personal choice. Minors vary in number of credit hours required. See the list of available minors at http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/catalog/majorsminors.htm#Minors