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These Cutting-Edge Technologies Now Have Their Own Degree Programs

Technologies that once felt futuristic are now so mainstream – they have gotten entire college degree programs dedicated to them, a sign of just how widely they have been adopted.

For instance, degrees in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are now available. Meanwhile, technical advancements in areas like geographical information systems have led to the creation of spin-off degree programs. Furthermore, technology is being integrated into other disciplines, such as philosophy, to create all-new degree programs.

Below are some new degree programs that are related to cutting-edge technologies.

Immersive Reality

Nearly every single industry is either currently incorporating AR and VR, or looking at ways to incorporate it, including industries such as supply chain and construction. In keeping with this development, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia recently unveiled an undergraduate degree in ‘immersive reality’ that prepares students for careers in these technologies. The degree program includes classes called Virtual Reality for Motion Media and Immersive Revolution: Augmented to Virtual Reality.

Launched at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the degree program includes (virtual) hands-on experiences such as building theme parks and projects involving businesses like Industrial Light & Magic and L’Oréal.

Digital Mapping

With so much of the public and private industry running on geographic data, there is a rapidly growing need for superior processing and analysis of geospatial information. More and more, geographers are being asked to perform cutting edge evaluation of geospatial data.

At the University of Kentucky, this demand for increased sophistication led the creation of a master’s degree in digital mapping. Launched in fall 2015, the online degree program covers free and open source graphical information systems technology, specifically the ever-expanding number of standards related to geospatial technologies becoming more advanced. Classes in the program cover topics such as photogrammetry, which involves culling geospatial data on physical items via photography and electromagnetic imagery.

The digital mapping program is designed to prepare students for jobs in government, communications, urban planning, and other types of organizations.

Logic and Computation

Offered within the philosophy department at Carnegie Mellon University, Logic and Computation is an interdisciplinary degree program that relates logic skills to disciplines like computer science and business analysis.

Work in technical fields like software engineering involves making difficult choices and developing creative solutions. Looking at technology from a philosophical point of view is a very effective way to tackle these challenges that are common to many technical fields. By acknowledging the foundations of decision making are based on perspective, those looking to create technical systems can take a step back and recognize the many approaches to problem-solving.

A similar degree program at the University of Pennsylvania called Logic, Information, and Computation readies students for careers in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering by exposing them to various schools of philosophical thought.

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