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Computer Information Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Science at St. Edward’s prepares you for careers in business and industry, working with the design, implementation and management of multi-user computer systems. We emphasize experiential learning. You’ll enroll in at least three semesters of research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.

Students benefit from the university’s state-of-the-art computer infrastructure, software and data storage for innovative and collaborative research.

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Science

Overview:

As a BA in Computer Information Science major, you’ll receive a strong theoretical and practical foundation in computer science. You’ll also become thoroughly grounded in basic business principles and applying this knowledge to common business practices. Students with a keen interest in business and computer science are best suited for this major.

BA in Computer Information Science majors are in high demand across all industries. Graduates may work as systems analysts, designing and developing computer systems for the specific needs of a company. Or they may work as information system specialists, building databases and managing a company’s computer systems, communications systems, and information delivery.

Students also select this program to prepare for graduate degrees — such as an MS in Management Information Systems or an MBA — that will advance their careers. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (63-64 CREDIT HOURS):
Computer Information Science Required Courses
• Introduction to Information Systems
• Computing Sciences Concepts I, Lab
• Computing Sciences Concepts II, Lab
• Web Programming
• Introduction to Computer Organization and Architecture
• Algorithms and Data Structures
• Data Storage Systems
• Database Theory
• Software Engineering I
• Software Engineering II
• Senior Project
• Human–Computer Interaction Business Required Courses
• Research

V. BUSINESS REQUIRED COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Principles of Accounting I
• Business Statistics
• Microeconomic Principles
• Principles of Management
• Operations Management
• Upper division Business elective

VI. SUPPORTING REQUIRED COURSES (6-7 CREDIT HOURS):
• Pre-calculus or Calculus I, Lab
• Discrete Mathematics

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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