Marymount offers expanded knowledge of artificial intelligence in new bachelor’s program

Marymount offers expanded knowledge of artificial intelligence in new bachelor’s program

School of Technology and Innovation Director Alex Mbaziira with Marymount students

Designed to equip students with foundational skills necessary to excel in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, Marymount University’s new Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence (AI) degree fills a critical need for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce.

Located in Marymount’s School of Technology and Innovation within the College of BILT, the program provides a comprehensive curriculum focusing on core AI concepts that include advanced software development, machine learning, robotics and more. Its creation reflects Marymount’s commitment to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities this dynamic field presents, recognizing AI’s pivotal role in government, business and society. According to Grand View Research, AI is expected to have an annual growth rate of 37.3 percent from 2023 to 2030, with World Economic Forum research projecting around 97 million new jobs.

“We identified artificial intelligence as a rising new job focus back in 2022 and swiftly responded by developing this undergraduate program,” explained Dr. Diane Murphy, Director of Marymount’s Center for the Innovative Workforce. “By leveraging fundamental technology classes from our existing programs in information technology, computer science and cybersecurity, and integrating specialized courses in AI that include machine learning and robotics, we aim to empower students with the skills needed to thrive in diverse industries.”

The curriculum encompasses a range of courses that include Concepts of AI, Applications of AI and AI Trust, Bias and Social Impact. Program faculty aim to prepare students for the future workforce, particularly amidst the rapid advancements in generative AI and the evolving job landscape. The program will also emphasize the need for ethical principles to guide the use of these emerging technologies.

“At Marymount, we are dedicated to providing a high-quality education that provides students with technical expertise while also fostering a commitment to ethical practice and social responsibility,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “Our Bachelor of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence embodies our commitment to excellence, career-focused academics and student-centered learning. As future leaders, our graduates will ensure that innovation is accompanied by integrity and compassion.”

In addition to rigorous coursework, students are encouraged to engage in AI-related research with faculty and further explore areas such as cybersecurity, natural language processing and business analytics. The program also offers a range of extracurricular activities, including competitions and boot camps, to enrich the learning experience and foster collaboration among students.

A minor in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics is available for students majoring in other subjects.

Looking ahead, Marymount will introduce a graduate certificate this coming fall in Applied AI, further expanding opportunities for students to deepen their expertise and pursue advanced studies in this cutting-edge field. Designed to reskill working professionals in technical and non-technical fields, the certificate provides basic knowledge on how AI works and how it can be used to improve productivity, offer enhanced customer service, enable new products and more. It aims to attract students who are faculty members at K-12 and higher education institutions in the region, in addition to government and industry employees.

Across Marymount, artificial intelligence has been a rising focus for students and faculty – from landing notable grants and fellowships to being involved in crucial research and gaining recognition from major publications. This year’s inaugural Keegan Lecture Series also focused its theme on artificial intelligence within interior design.

Learn more about Marymount’s innovative Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence program.