SJC’s Department of Computer Science offers a proven introduction to a successful, interesting career in the field. Our curriculum is based on solid fundamentals and plenty of practical experience. Current emphases are mobile computing, network and system management, and a variety of programming languages. The department is dedicated to personal attention, small class sizes, and challenging, real-world-oriented projects.
100% of our 2014 SJC Computer Science graduates were employed on or shortly after graduation.
Clubs and Activities
Resources and Downloads
Publications and Presentations
- “A Curious Historian’s Tales” in the Pulaski County Journal – Author: Professor Brian Capouch
- “Laboratory test of Newton’s second law for small accelerations,” in Physical Review Letters - Author: Dr. Jennifer Coy
- “Introductory Astronomy Lab Manual” - Author: Dr. Jennifer Coy
- Professor Brian Capouch presented “Android U” at the 2013 O’Reilly Open Source Conference.
- Professor Brian Capouch presented “Pastfinder” at the 2012 O’Reilly Open Source Conference.
Awards and Honors
- Teaching Excellence Award, 2013 (Dr. Jennifer Coy)
- Scientia Award, 2007 (Dr. Jennifer Coy)
- Award for Exemplary Teaching in the Natural Sciences, 2006 and 2007 (Dr. Jennifer Coy)
- Kaiser Award, 2006 (Professor Brian Capouch)
Opportunities for Hands-on Experience
Internships are often part of a Computer Science student’s educational experience, and the Department of Computer Science assists students with finding both on- and off-campus internships.
Computer Science students can hold summer internships with SJC’s Computer Center, where they are given opportunities to make servers, develop code, train faculty and students, implement and maintain software products, and install hardware. The Department of Computer Science also offers “department internal” internships.
The Department of Computer Science encourages students to pursue off-campus internships. For example, since the program began, many SJC Computer Science students have been selected to participate in the Summer of Networking at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. While in Bloomington, students work with engineers from iLight and IU and experience a variety of network analysis and management scenarios in structured settings. Other recent internships have included DOE and NSF-funded research experiences and internships in industry.
SJC Computer Science students have many opportunities to gain job experience right on campus. Students can:
- Write software for Linux
- Serve as lab monitors for our various computer labs
- Work as student systems administrators
- Work on projects that match their interests
- Serve as interns or student workers for SJC’s Computer Center
A Cool Project: Learn to Create Apps
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 to make 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, Indiana
"94Fifty Sensor Basketball Project": Computer Science graduate Mark Davisson '93 started a company called InfoMotion Sport Technology
"Software Engineering Class Blends Technology with History": SJC’s Contact features Software Engineering class’s project
“Kevin McDonald ’91 Fighting the Odds with Vector Economics”: SJC’s Contact features Computer Science graduate who has cofounded two companies since graduating in 1991
“Software Engineering Students ‘Cache’ in on Geocaching”: SJC’s Contact features Assistant Professor of Computer Science Brian Capouch’s GPS project