Computer Science (Dual Degree)

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

Learn how to create new technologies in this fast-paced, highly specialized field of study.

This Dual Degree program provides Agnes Scott College students with the opportunity to combine the value of a liberal arts education with a second undergraduate degree in computer science from a nationally ranked university.

Students interested in pursuing a career in computer science may pursue a liberal arts curriculum at Agnes Scott for approximately three years and, upon application and admission to Emory University, may complete requirements there for a degree in Computer Science in approximately two years. Upon successful completion of the dual-degree requirements at both Agnes Scott and at Emory, the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Agnes Scott and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science from Emory.

Students working on electronics in a science lab.

What You'll Learn

Explore your academic interests at Agnes Scott and combine them with a mix of specialized and transferable skills to prepare for a broad range of technology careers. You'll learn:

  • How to communicate effectively through writing and speaking, especially across cultural or linguistic differences
  • The ability to articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information
  • How to interpret quantitative information and demonstrate the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world

Program Highlights

Access to a Dual Degree Advisor

At Agnes Scott, you will have dedicated guidance through the process of declaring a dual-degree and transferring to your second institution. In your first year at Agnes Scott, you will declare your intent to pursue the dual-degree program with the academic advising office and then you will be assigned to the adviser for the dual-degree computer science program, who will help you shape your curriculum. There is no “pre-computer science” major at Agnes Scott College. Therefore, students should work with their Dual Degree Advisor to explore, reflect upon, and pursue a major and specialization that align with their academic interests.

Graduate with two Undergraduate Degrees

Because of both institutions’ commitment to increase the diversity in the STEM sector, specifically among women and underrepresented populations, this dual degree program is a guaranteed transfer pathway. As long as a dual degree applicant meets the minimum GPA requirements on the Georgia Tech and Emory Grading scales, they are guaranteed acceptance, while all other students must apply as transfers. Dual-degree majors will graduate with two types of undergraduate degrees from two high-ranking institutions. Although a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science are both perceived equally, a B.A. focuses more on the humanities and arts while a B.S. is more focused on its specific major. This shows a depth and breadth of study accomplished by the graduate, giving them a competitive advantage to pursue advanced study or professional goals.

Opportunities at Georgia Tech and Emory University

The majors that students often choose in tandem with this dual-degree program are from departments that actively promote and support research opportunities and study abroad programs, such as Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Once a student spends their 3 years at Agnes Scott, they’ll then have more opportunity at their next institution to continue with these valuable experiences in the unique and different ways in which Georgia Tech and Emory University offer them.

Working in Computer Science

Computer Science majors have the ability to apply their skills to practically any industry—automating processes and creating helpful software applications is almost universally useful.

Understanding the principles of programming and algorithms enables you to use them to design software and build systems and networks for a constantly evolving digital landscape. Examples of what you’ll learn might include data structures, patterns and signals, complexity theory, or software product engineering. If you like solving problems and have a talent for mathematics and logical thinking, honing these skills will make you an attractive prospect to future employers.

  • Software Applications Developer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Network Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Database Administrator

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