The New York Times reports on a new breed of computer science students who are expanding their knowledge beyond programming to combine this background with business and scientific knowledge–thus making them more desirable in the work force. As more basic programming jobs are outscourced to India and China, U.S. companies still need programmers who understand how society actually uses computers, particularly with regard to emerging “social” software. The newspaper reports that these students “tend to focus less on the tools of technology than on how technology is used in the search for scientific breakthroughs, the development of new products and services, or the way work is done.” (Note: This site requires registration.)