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NDNU Reflects Regional Trend in Undergrad Majors

The fastest growing college undergraduate majors are in science, math and health; the number of computer science majors at NDNU has doubled since 2008.

Move over liberal arts--according to an article in San Francisco Business Times, the new BMOC--Big Majors on Campus are ones that will lead to--not surprisingly in Silicon Valley--careers in computers, engineering, statistics and health care.

Undergraduates majors in science, math and health are on the rise at Bay Area universities, including Belmont's Notre Dame de Namur University, where the computer science department has doubled in enrollment since 2008.

At Cal, statistics is the second fastest growing major, rising by 147 percent from 2007 to 2011. USF has three times the number of computer science majors than it had three years ago. And the computer science program at Stanford has grown 102 percent from 2007 to 2011.

“In San Francisco and the Bay Area we’re seeing a boom in the software industry, in mobile, in cloud computing. There are a million little startups. So the thing is, software engineers can’t be hired fast enough.” said Chris Brooks, associate dean of sciences at the University of San Francisco. “Even if you don’t have a computer science degree, facility with it makes you desirable.”

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