Webster University (based outside St. Louis, MO) is introducing a new major this year: Mobile Computing. The bachelor of science degree will teach students how to conceptualize, design, code and test mobile applications.
According to a report by the St. Louis Business Journal, the major was created in response to booming job demand.
“These students are at the center of mobile development,” said Walker School Dean Benjamin Ola. Akande. “They will be qualified to analyze, design, implement and test mobile applications as well as develop the required skills to maintain and update existing mobile applications. Their computing knowledge and technical understanding will allow them to move an organization into the mobile computing arena.”
Webster University Computer Science Professor Martha Smith helped create the program’s curriculum. She says a high demand exists for workers skilled in programming for mobile devices. “A simple search on job recruiting websites showed a dramatic increased demand in employment in mobile app development, mobile architecture, mobile design and other mobile technology-related fields,” Smith said.
The degree will require a combination of traditional computer science classes and newly created classes on mobile computing and development.
A quick round of research turned up quite a few community colleges that offer mobile development focused degrees, but this is the first instance of a full blown university offering a B.S. in mobile that I could find. Just more proof that the mobile revolution isn’t ending any time soon.