Pastfinder Project

Computer Science

The discipline of Computer Science involves the study of algorithmic processes that describe and transform information, encompassing theory, analysis, design, efficiency, implementation, and application. The principal subject areas in Computer Science include algorithms and data structures, architecture, artificial intelligence and robotics, database and information retrieval, human-computer communication, numerical and symbolic computation, operating systems, programming languages, and software methodology and engineering.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

BS in Computer Science (4 year)

CONCENTRATIONS

- Computer Science

- Information Systems

Also available as a minor

Why Computer Science?

  • 1According to Network World, graduates with Computer Science degrees are in high demand. Unemployment in the tech industry is 5.9% (well under the average 9%). There is also a shortage – there are two or three jobs for every Computer Science graduate.
  • 2Students who study Computer Science further develop their logical, analytical, and problem-solving skills while learning how to take large tasks and break them down into small, manageable tasks.
  • 3A Computer Science degree pays well. With an average starting salary of $61,000, Computer Science related jobs rank fourth in the top 10 highest paying jobs.

Careers in Computer Science

  • Computer Programmer
  • Information Manager
  • Internet Manager
  • Research Technician
  • Software Developer
  • Website Designer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Washington
  • Harvard University
  • DePaul University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ball State University

Why Study Computer Science at Saint Joseph’s College?

Variety

As a Computer Science student at SJC, you can choose one of our two tracks:

  1. Computer Science: This major involves the programming, testing, and debugging of programs.
  2. Information Systems: In this concentration, you will study the financial, technical, and strategic planning of information systems.

Hands-on Experience

Computer Science students at SJC have countless opportunities for hands-on experience in their field of study. For example, many of our Computer Science students serve as lab monitors for our various computer labs or work as student systems administrators. Our Computer Science students can also take advantage of summer internships. Recent internships have been with the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, as well as in industry.

While SJC offers job and internship opportunities that help build Computer Science students’ resumes, the Department of Computer Science also takes a hands-on approach to learning in the classroom. For example, our Software Engineering class worked on a mapping project using Android mobile devices with built-in GPS, virtual reality, and Google Earth. The class created an app that offers this information—making use of images, sound and video clips. The students were excited to work on something that challenged them and encouraged improvisation and creative thinking:

"This project was a phenomenal learning experience. As the database administrator for the Pastfinder.org project, I learned how to create a programming system and had to figure out a way tomake the database easy for the common person to use. I gained a lot of valuable experience, and it was interesting to see how technology can be incorporated with history." – Ben Geels '12 of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dedication to Excellence

At SJC, Computer Science students get more education for the tuition they spend. Due to small class sizes, students get personal attention from professors. This allows professors to get to know students on an individual basis. Thus, professors are able to individualize studies tailored to students' interests. This approach has proven to be effective. Employers recognize that SJC Computer Science graduates have learned more than Computer Science graduates from other schools. As a result, 100% of the 2012 SJC Computer Science graduates were employed by May 2012. 

Faculty and Class Size

SJC strives for high quality faculty, which is why the professors in theDepartment of Computer Science each have extensive professional work experience in their fields of expertise. Our faculty members are trained in various areas of Computer Science, including wireless networking, computer security, network management, programming, systems analysis, and network administration. The average class size is approximately 20 students.

Computer Science Department Professor Capouch with Computer Science Majors

Professors and Students

Engaging daily in the Department of Computer Science

"The Department of Computer Science here challenges you to learn all that you can in the field, not just what the current topic is in class. The professors here are helpful and will never turn their back on you if you ask them for help; they are continually engaging the students in conversation about current events in the field of computing and possible career directions. The great part about SJC is that they throw you into your area of study immediately as a freshman."

Philip Rabensteine ’13 of Colfax, Ind.

Photo | Jason J. Burke '01

Jason J. Burke '01

Major: Computer Science and Math

Residence: Grayslake, Illinois

Explore the Core
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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.