Responding to the growing demand for skilled tech professionals, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is working in close partnership with the Chattanooga Technology Council (ChaTech) to grow the new Bachelor of Applied Science: Information Technology in Cybersecurity accelerated degree program.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is drafting the next class for one of its new 12-month undergraduate degree programs for fall 2024. The Bachelor of Applied Science: Information Technology in Cybersecurity (BAS-IT CyS) is an accelerated program that requires students to commit to a heavy workload, including a paid internship at a partner company, public agency or nonprofit working with UTC.
“The College of Engineering and Computer Science is currently experiencing an exciting and challenging phase,” said Dr. Ahad Nasab. “There’s strong momentum in the college’s research areas of machine learning, quantum computing, hypersonic flights, smart power grids, transportation logistics and intelligent robotics. We also remain steadfast in our commitment to preparing the next generation of skilled professionals to meet the evolving demands of the industry in the Southeast region of the country.”
Mischka Scott, who graduated from the UTC BAS-IT CyS degree program in December 2023, now works as a system administrator at PlayCore in Chattanooga.
Noah Syler, who graduated from the UTC BAS-IT CyS degree program in December 2023, will start working as a systems programmer at EPB in 2024.
The initial cohort of students in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology in Cybersecurity (BAS-IT CyS) degree program crossed the McKenzie Arena stage during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16. The accelerated degree program’s first cohort participated in its first class on Jan. 9.
UTC’s new Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology in Cybersecurity degree program launched on Monday, Jan. 9.
A new Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology in Cybersecurity degree program at UTC will directly address workforce needs. Approximately 6,700 cybersecurity jobs are open in Tennessee—including 300-plus in southeast Tennessee and north Georgia—and employment demand is expected to grow 22-24% in the next five years.