Western Governors University's College of Information Technology announced the addition of a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science degree program.

This program, which is online and competency-based, includes valuable certifications from CIW, CompTIA, Axelos, and Oracle, at no additional cost. Students who apply now can begin their program as early as June 1, 2018.

In 2015, there were almost 10 times more computing jobs open in the U.S. than qualified computer science graduates. In addition, the demand for computer scientists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, significantly faster than the average for all occupations. WGU's BSCS will teach graduates to design, develop, and optimize systems, preparing them for opportunities in careers such as computer systems analyst, programmer, AI specialist, software engineer, UX designer, and network architect.

"This new degree program was developed in collaboration with industry and academic experts and will prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills employers are seeking in areas such as logic, architecture and systems, data structures, artificial intelligence, algorithms, and computer theory," said John Balderree, WGU's Vice President of Academic Operations for the College of Information Technology.