B.S. in Computer Science Overview

 

Computer science is becoming integral to many disciplinary areas ranging from mathematics, engineering, psychology, physics, chemistry and biology, to linguistics, medicine and business. The profession of computer science relates with every part of the real world. It expands people’s communication, lets humans benefit from business, education as well as healthcare, and will continue to enhance our lives in new ways.

Careers in Computer Science

The demands of future job markets will need more and more people from computer science and related majors (e.g. data science). We have now entered a time in human history where information work requires expertise that only a degree in computer science can provide.

Earning a degree in computer science opens opportunities in nearly every field. According to CollegeGrad, LLC., the world’s increasing dependence on computers, advanced technology, information security and the collection and storage of big data has elevated the demand for computer science graduates to an all-time high. Occupations within this arena are projected to add about 546,000 new jobs over the next ten years. People who earn degrees in computer science have a specific skill set that allows them to work in a wide array of industries performing a variety of functions.

Computer science majors acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue careers at fortune 500 companies, government agencies, banks or local, regional, and national firms working as:

  • IT specialist
  • Software developer
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer network architect
  • Computer support specialist
  • Database manager
  • Information security analyst
  • Web developer
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Digital forensics specialist
  • Data analyst

Graduates of Alvernia’s Computer Science program can also pursue advanced studies in computer science, information technology, and engineering.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program is offered at Alvernia’s main campus in Reading, Pa.


 

Curriculum

Computer Science majors must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Science degree, including 41-62 credits in the major. Students complete 54-55 liberal arts core courses and community service hours.

Required Courses

  • CS 110 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 155 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS 220 Data Structures & Algorithms
  • CS 210 Computer Organization & Assembly Language
  • CS 320 Algorithm Design and Analysis
  • CS 310 Operating Systems
  • CS 345 E-Commerce
  • CS 425 Software Development
  • CS 400 Database Systems
  • SCI 402 Senior Seminar
  • SCI 406 Research I
  • SCI 407 Research II or SCI 480 Science Internship

Cybersecurity Track (6 credits)

  • CS 325 Computer Networking & Cybersecurity
  • CS 435 Computer Forensics

Data Science Track (6 credits)

  • CS 300 Data Analytics
  • CS 415 Data Mining and Machine Learning

Required Related Areas (10-13 credits)  

  • MAT131 Precalculus (if needed)
  • MAT209 Probability & Statistics
  • MAT230 Calculus I
  • MAT250 Discrete Mathematics

Computer Science Minor (21 credits)

  • CS 110 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 155 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS 210 Computer Organization & Assembly Language
  • CS 220 Data Structures & Algorithms
  • CS 320 Algorithm Design and Analysis
  • CS 310 Operating Systems
  • CS 400 Database Systems

Cybersecurity Minor (21 credits)

  • CS 110 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 155 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS 210 Computer Organization & Assembly Language
  • CS 310 Operating Systems
  • CS 325 Computer Networking & Cybersecurity
  • CS 345 E-Commerce
  • CS 435 Computer Forensics

Data Science Minor (21 credits)
CS 110 Introduction to Computer Science
CS 155 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
CS 220 Data Structures and Algorithms
CS 345 E-Commerce
CS 300 Data Analytics
CS 400 Database Systems
CS 415 Data Mining and Machine Learning

Experiential Learning 

Through internships, students have opportunities to apply theories and knowledge learned in the classroom in a variety of professional settings. In addition to providing exposure to the activities and expectations of a real-world workplace, internship experiences help students develop their network of professional contacts.

Tuition

To determine the cost of this program, please visit our Tuition page.  For a personalized estimate, please contact an admissions counselor at 610-790-8269 or at admissions@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid

Alvernia offers loan, grants, scholarships, and payment plans. Our admissions counselors can help you identify the aid that is available to you and for your program. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Accreditation

All programs offered by Alvernia University are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

 

 


Learn More

To find out more information about Alvernia’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu, or reach out directly to:

 

Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.
Science & Mathematics Department Chair and Director of the Forensic Science Program
Bernardine Hall 234
610-568-1492
rosemarie.chinni@alvernia.edu

 

Shijun Tang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Business Building 16
610-790-1983
shijun.tang@alvernia.edu

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