Designing and building systems that help people

Computing

Build the next generation of tech.

#1
fastest growing occupation

Technology is evolving at high speeds. As technology rapidly changes, the computing industry seeks professionals ready and able to keep up with this high-speed work environment. They need innovators capable of designing and implementing computer software, hardware, networks and web or mobile technologies to improve the quality of life for businesses, homes and families.

If you love technology and want to join innovators in this continually expanding field, then Union College’s computing program may be the perfect college experience for you.

Why study computing?

  • Computer and information research scientists are likely to enjoy excellent job prospects, as many companies report difficulties finding enough of these highly skilled workers
  • Experience a challenging and fulfilling career solving technology problems that help society.
  • Since computing is practical to almost every type of industry, you're likely to find a workplace that fits your unique interests.

The Business and Computer Science faculty provided an encouraging and challenging learning environment. While at Union, I participated in Google’s Summer of Code program twice—a valuable experience I only attempted thanks to encouragement from the faculty and staff at Union. What I learned in Union’s computer science program helped me move up to the Enterprise Architecture team with my current employer in a short time. Since graduating, I rarely felt like I’m going to ‘work.’ What better way to spend life than to do what you love while being paid!

Jon Stacey
2010 graduate, now architect of all things computery at Computerdyne
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Real experience starts long before graduation.

100%
of students complete internships

As computing continues to change, the fundamental building blocks you’ll learn at Union will remain valid, giving you a good foundation to expand into new areas as they develop. This flexibility will help you stand out as a well-rounded professional candidate.

Why study at Union College?

  • Union’s computing degree is designed to match your educational needs with your career goals.
  • Choose from three emphases including computer science, computer information systems, and web development.
  • Discover a professor-to-student ratio that makes it easy for you to ask questions and get feedback.
  • We’ll help connect you to internship opportunities at a wide variety of non-profit and government organizations, or local companies and global corporations, many located within 10 minutes of campus.

Union really prepared me for the workplace in a way most people don’t think about. The spirit of camaraderie between students of all majors and all professors meant I had friends in business, art, marketing and music. This put me ahead of my peers when I stepped into the business world because I understood how to interact with people who didn’t graduate with a computer science degree. Being able to work with other majors has helped propel me to where I am today.

Collin Krueger
2010 graduate and now a developer analyst in Bentonville, Ark.
photo Collin Krueger

Majors and minor​​​​s

Computing (four-year bachelor of science) choose one of the emphases):

  • Computer information systems—Emphasizes interaction of business with computing; gives students grounding in both business and computing concepts. (Degree completion guide)
  • Computer science—Learn computer programming with an emphasis on math; this degree automatically earns a math minor - (Degree completion guide)
  • Web development—Learn how to create a website and make it look good: this degree teaches both programming and design skills. (Degree completion guide)

Computing (two-year associate of science degree)—Prepares you for an entry-level computing job; can stand on its own or be paired with other four-year degrees. (Degree completion guide)

Union also offers a minor in computing.

Career options

Software developer

Develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device.

Job outlook
24% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$103,000

Web developer

Responsible for the look of the site and other technical aspects, such as its performance and traffic capacity.

Job outlook
15% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$67,000

Computer systems analyst

Study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures, and design solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively.

Job outlook
9% growth (average)

Median pay
$88,000