• If "having a job when I graduate" is one of your goals, Computer Science is a great major, and SJC is a perfect place to learn the trade.” – Steve Gredell11, Automation Engineer, Automation Testing team, Interactive Intelligence, Indianapolis 

Department of Computer Science

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


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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

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.

On-campus Opportunities

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


News

"94Fifty Sensor Basketbal 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


Department Majors and Minors

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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.