School of Computing
Love computers and gadgets? Do you get wrapped up in building faster computers, problem
solving for your neighbors, and creating mobile apps? If so, computer science is in
your blood. Here are some facts you might like:
• The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than a quarter of a million new
computer science-related jobs will be created from 2008-2018.
• Southern students have interned with Google, worked for NASA, Microsoft, and Intel,
and entered quality Ph.D. programs.
• Southern’s computer science and computer science-embedded systems bachelor programs
are fully accredited, so you know you’re getting the best training available.
• The School of Computing has a 5-year placement rate of over 98%. That means while
looking at our graduates from the past five years, over 98% of them are currently
working in the field.
• Our graduates work at Google, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Blue Cross/Blue Shield,
The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, The General Conference of Seventh-day
Adventists, Multiple Seventh-day Conferences and Unions around the United States,
and too many other places to name.
Alex Brady is a sophomore Computer Science major with a minor in Mathematics. Last
year Alex was a Freshman Blogger, and below is one of his posts:
I always like finding spiritual applications from my classes in school, especially
in my science and math courses. I love how in all of nature and science, you can always
find things that point back to God as the creator of our world. It’s only been one
week in this new semester, and I’ve already seen how one of my classes can teach me
a lot about God.
One of the computer classes I am taking this semester is Digital Logic and Design.
This past Thursday we had our first lab. For our first lab, we were given a sketch
of an electrical circuit and we had to reproduce it using a program on the computer.
It was more complicated than it sounded. We had to make sure that all the wires were
in the correct place and that the electricity would flow through the components properly.
We then had to design the physical board that our electrical circuit would be printed
on. We had to draw all of the copper wires that had to run between the parts on the
circuit board, but the problem was, none of the wires could cross each other. And
there were a lot of wires going everywhere. We also had to try and make the circuit
board as small as possible. While it is a little difficult to describe the process
in words, the bottom line is that it was a challenging process, it took a lot of work
to design the circuit board just right. It wasn’t something that could just be thrown
together and be expected to work right.
If it takes a lot of careful thought and planning to design a simple circuit bored,
think about how much more planning would have had to take place to design humans or
animals, or anything else in nature. I believe that the careful planning that has
to go into making computer chips points out how God carefully planned everything on
this earth. He had to make sure that everything was in perfect balance.
Where do you see evidence of God’s existence and power? If you look carefully, you
might be surprised where you might find things that point to God. I found God in a