Walters State Students Can Move to Accelerated ETSU Bachelor's Degree

June 5, 2024

Computer Science Students
Paul Todaro, associate professor of computer and information science, teaches a class at Walters State. A new agreement allows Walters State computer science students to transfer into an accelerated bachelor's degree program at ETSU.

Computer Science Students Transfer Seamlessly into 2 + 2 ETSU Program

A new agreement between Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University will help computing students move seamlessly from an associate degree to an accelerated bachelor’s degree path. 

“ETSU Computing has seen many successful transfers from Walters State move into the high-demand field of information technology,” said Dr. Brian Bennett, chair of computing at ETSU. “Creating a 2+2 program with this agreement will allow students to complete their studies and enter the workforce more quickly.” 

Students who begin at Walters State will complete courses that provide them with a foundation in computer science. Then students will transfer into ETSU’s Department of Computing, they will take courses with emphasis on software engineering, database management, data analytics, operating and distributed systems, networking and more.  

Students will also have the chance to select a concentration in computer science, cybersecurity and modern networks, information systems or information technology.

ETSU’s Computing program is one of 12 in the nation to offer ABET-accredited programs in computer science, information systems and information technology. 

ETSU aims to help students shift seamlessly from enrollment to employment, and graduates with a bachelor’s degree in information technology have many career opportunities, including jobs as a web developer, data analyst, network administrator, system manager or information security specialist.  

“We are excited to be able to work with ETSU to create an agreement that provides students with a clear pathway for transition from Walters State to ETSU,” said Dr. Tera Howerton, dean of Business and Technical Education at Walters State. 

For information on Walters State’s program, contact Lois Blais, department head and associate professor of Computer and Information Science, at For information on ETSU’s Department of Computing, email