Computer Science

Students using computers in the lab.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science provides a strong foundation in programming languages, databases, operating systems, networking, game programming, software engineering, mobile app development, and Internet programming. Juniors and seniors will choose from advanced electives, allowing them to customize their education for their desired career.

With a degree in Computer Science, student will continue to be on the cutting-edge of a wired (or wireless) world, putting to work the in-depth knowledge and experience gained through Misericordia University academics and service. Our combination of high-quality courses in Computer Science, critical thinking and writing skills (gained through the liberal arts core), and a caring, accessible faculty will help you make the most of your education, and ensure that you're ready for your career or for graduate studies.

Students have ample access to computer labs. All facets of hardware and software are continually upgraded to ensure that students work with the most recent components of this dynamic technology.

Career Opportunities

  • Scientific and industrial programming
  • Systems analysis
  • Data management
  • Market research
  • Statistical and demographic studies
  • Computer-based work in all types of businesses and agencies.
  • Possibilities in leadership and management positions

In addition to the above career options, the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science will also prepare students to continue their education at the graduate level. Contact our Insalaco Center for Career Development for more information on careers in computer science.

Several different computer science programs are available to respond to a variety of interests and career goals. The computer science curricula follow the recommendations of the Association of Computing Machinery and provides career-oriented education within a strong liberal arts program.

Computer Science/Mathematics Double Major

In addition, Misericordia University offers a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The program is designed for students with strong interest in each of these fields. The program is excellent for graduate study, and also provides a solid background for employment in the ever-growing field of statistics and computer science.

Computer Science Minor

In today's electronic world, a background in computer science is a highly marketable asset. The Computer Science minor may supplement a major in any other field, depending on the student's interests and career objectives. Business, education, and mathematics majors frequently follow the minor program in Computer Science.

Contact

For more information on the program, contact:

Jeffrey Stephens, Ph.D.
E-mail: jstephen@misericordia.edu
Phone: 570-674-6376

Course Requirements

Course Number

Title

Credits

CPS 101

Intro to Programming

3

CPS 121

Computer Programming

3

CPS 222

Computer Organization

3

CPS 232

Data Structures

3

ITS 200

IT Security

3

MIS 220

Applied Networking Design

3

MIS 310

Object Oriented Programming I

3

CPS 321

Operating Sys., Architecture

3

CPS 331

Organization Program Lang.

3

CPS 341

Introduction to Game Programming

3

CPS 351

Internet Programming

3

CPS

CPS elective

3

CPS 485

Special Topics

3

MIS 312

Software Engineering

3

CPS 432

Database Management Design

3

CPS 480

Independent Study

3

MTH 171

Core - Math Calculus I

4

MTH 172

Core - Math Calculus II

4

MTH 210

Discrete Structures

3

MTH 115

Basic Statistics

3

Core – Humanities – HIS/POL – A

3

Core – Humanities - HIS/POL – B

3

Core – Humanities - ENG

3

Core – Humanities – ENG

3

Core – Humanities – RLS – RLS 104

3

Core – Humanities – RLS

3

Core – Humanities – FA

3

Core – Humanities – FA

3

Core – Humanities – PHL – PHL 100

3

Core – Humanities - PHL

3

Core - Science General Physics I + Lab

4

Core - Science General Physics II + Lab

4

Core - Social Science

3

Core - Social Science

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3


Computer Science Elective Options

COM 215Web Design and Production3
CPS 480Independent Study1-3
CPS 485Special Topics in Computer Science1-3
ITS 300Security Management & Risk Assessment3
ITS 410Access Controls, Security Models & Cryptology3
ITS 420Information Technology Privacy & Legal Issues3
ITS 430Physical Security & Disaster Recovery3
ITS 490Current Issues & Trends in Information Technology Security3


Total Credits = 124

Version as of : August 2014


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Computer Science Minor Requirements

Course Sequence

CPS 101

Introduction to Programming

3

CPS 121

Computer Programming

3

CPS 222

Computer Organization

3

CPS 432

Database Management Design

3

Plus

Additional credits in approved upper-division Computer Science courses

6

Total 18 credits

See Computer Science Course Descriptions.

Program Objectives

A student who graduates with a degree in computer science can:

  • think critically
  • reason logically and analytically
  • solve abstract and complex problems
  • use written, oral and electronic methods for effective communication
  • translate verbal material to computer algorithms
  • write a well-organized theme
  • complete assigned work
  • use the scientific method and mathematical techniques to make informed choices among alternative solutions
  • discern and articulate the impact of technologies on society
  • understand structured and object-oriented programming techniques
  • understand database methodology, operating systems, software, and hardware

Admissions Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Computer Science program as a freshman student are:

  • Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if SAT taken prior to March 5, 2016, or a combined 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of SAT, ACT results may also be provided with a minimum composite score of 18

Students should have one year of high school biological science and one year of high school physical science. Students should also have taken sufficient mathematics courses to successfully pass Math 171, and 172.

Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

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