Computer Science is a fast moving and ever-changing discipline. St. John's University’s programs in computer science and related areas are built around a core of key courses structured to provide a solid foundation of knowledge leading to careers in technology. These courses bring together the theory and practice of computing to provide students with knowledge and skills to solve a wide range of technical and business problems.
There are five major degree programs of study offered by the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science which address the mainstream needs of careers in the broad fields of Computer Science, Cyber Security Systems, Healthcare Informatics, Information Technology, and Telecommunications. Each of these majors can be paired with a choice from several options, providing the students with the ability to concentrate on important and relevant areas that help prepare them for positions that meet their interests and aptitudes. One very popular minor option is in business, which provides many background courses needed for admission to a master of business administration degree program.
The faculty are dedicated to providing a quality educational experience in these fields. They are constantly re-assessing course offerings to keep the program relevant and competitive to the rapidly changing world of technology. Many industry professionals teach part time, bringing their real life expertise into the classroom.
Beginning in Fall 2015, highly qualified incoming freshman Computer Science students will be placed in a special Scholars track of the Computer Science curriculum. The Scholars track will consist of the same sequence of required courses that comprise the standard track, but the courses will be taught with a higher level of academic rigor, including programming assignments that are significantly more challenging for these highly qualified students. The pace of the courses will be accelerated as the students will more quickly grasp the programming concepts, leaving more time for enrichment topics, outside speakers, student presentations on topics of interest, etc. For the pilot program, the Scholars sequence will include four courses (Programming Fundamentals I and II, Introduction to Data Structures, and Discrete Mathematics). If the pilot is successful, the faculty will consider expansion of the Scholars sequence to include Advanced Data Structures, Software Design Methods, and the capstone Software Engineering course.
Joan E. DeBello
Chair, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science
As an organization, the Computer Science Society (CSS) strives to integrate the classroom experience with real-world, industry related experiences to breed members that are ready to enter into an exciting career in technology. Whether it be networking with industry professionals, to attending informative workshops, to resume building sessions, CSS will supply you with the tools necessary to develop into that forward thinking individual who will help lead the technological revolution.
For more information, please contact:
Dr Joan DeBello
Associate Professor - Moderator[email protected]hns.edu