Computer Science prepares graduates to write software and work with operating systems and architecture. It is a hands-on way to learn computing skills and will prepare you to understand algorithms, software architecture, design patterns, data structures and coding techniques.
The Computer Science program at St. Mary’s prepares students to manage a software development project through analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance. The program provides a deep understanding of the hardware and software components of computer systems and the following topics:
Data communication and databases
Hardware organization and operating systems
Software analysis and design methodologies
Software implementation and testing
Students learn from professors who have expertise in:
Game development and simulation,
Programming languages and
Students take 33 credit hours of courses, including a project. This program combines studies in the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing with hands-on, practical scientific research. See the catalog for details:
Students are expected to be able to write computer programs in a high-level programming language and to understand the connection between computer hardware and software before starting the degree program.
Two courses are taken from the Engineering Department. The Master of Science in Computer Science is sometimes offered off-campus at various locations, and some courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.
The Computer Science program is known for its practical applications and real-world problem solving. Students work in groups and present information individually to an audience. Prerequisites include computer programming skills and mathematical maturity. This program offer students many advantages:
Flexible curriculum including internship and research options
12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio for extra individualized attention
Cooperative and collaborative learning environment
An alumna on her work developing an app for users with Alzheimer’s: “I researched the disease and the needs of people who have it. A question popped into my mind: How could everyday technology better serve them?” – Malak Abouhenidi, (M.S. ’14) — Read her story.
Careers in Computer Science
Computer scientists are in high demand in organizations that develop or use software. Most companies have information technology (IT) departments or at least an IT expert on staff.