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.
Why Study Computer Science at Saint Joseph’s College?
As a Computer Science student at SJC, you can choose one of our two tracks:
- Computer Science: This major involves the programming, testing, and debugging of programs.
- Information Systems: In this concentration, you will study the financial, technical, and strategic planning of information systems.
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 the Department 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.
"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.