Computer Science Degree Options

at Saint Francis University

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    Why Study Computer Science

    Computer Science is an exciting, growing and challenging field which impacts almost every aspect of our lives. Medicine, pharmacology, communications, entertainment, automobiles, weather forecasting, mining, manufacturing, forensics, disaster recovery, security, law and business are just a sample of the vast application areas of computer technologies. It would be hard to find some aspect of life that has not benefited from applications of computer science.  And what is even more amazing is that what awaits to be done is far greater than what has already been accomplished, and you can be involved in making what is dreamed of today into reality and impact the world and make it a better place.


    Degree Options

    Majors

    • Computer Science, B.S. 
      • This curriculum emphasizes a solid foundation in computer science principles coupled with real-world experience and integrated communication skills.

    *In addition to this standard four-year program, we offer the ability to specialize with the following concentrations:

    • Gaming/ New Media Design and Production Concentration (B.S. in Computer Science) 
      • This concentration encompasses the next generation of web and entertainment technologies, including computer science, visual story-telling, and graphic arts where words, images, sounds, and human commands are integrated to produce an exciting new media format. Students will spend the second semester of their junior year and first semester of their senior year onsite at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology where they will complete concentration coursework in Harrisburg's state-of-the-art production facilities.
    • Information Technology and Security Concentration (B.S. in Computer Science) 
      • This concentration is designed for students seeking a career in Information Technology. Emphasis is placed on system/network administration with particular attention paid to security-related issues.
    • Software Development Concentration (B.S. in Computer Science) 
      • This concentration is designed for students seeking a career in programming or software engineering. Emphasis is placed on issues related to knowing how to use all the features of modern programming languages, the design & implementation of algorithms, and the process of developing and maintaining software.
    • General Concentration (B.S. in Computer Science)  

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements.

    Minors

    • Computer Science, Minor 
    • Cyber Security Administration, Minor

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements.


    Computer Science at SFU

    The Computer Science program assists ours students in developing real-world skills in programming, networking, security, design and systems management. Because Computer Science is an ever-advancing field, we have dedicated a large portion of the new Science Center to a cutting-edge programming classroom as well as an advanced research laboratory, both of which are equipped with intricate work stations, large screen monitors and updated hardware and software. Besides having up-to-date equipment and facilities, we continually develop new projects that provide students with practical application of their learned computer skills.


    Career Opportunities

    There are many areas in the computer science industry from software engineering to database administration. The common skills needed for computer scientists to be successful in their chosen career are their ability to solve problems, excellent communication and working independently and as a member of a team. and Because of this  computer science graduates are some of the most sought-after graduates and earn among the highest salaries of any major right out of college.

    Computer Science Occupation Expected Employment Growth  Average Starting Salary Median Salary  
    Computer Systems Administrators 23% $41,000 $66,310  
    Database Administrators 20% $39,900 $69,740  
    Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts 53% $41,660 $71,100  
    Computer Software Engineers – Applications Specialists 34% $53,720 $85,430  
    Computer Software Engineers – Systems Specialists 30% $57,810 $92,430  

    - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational employment projections to 2018

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