The Computer Science department at St. Edward’s University educates students in the theory and development of computer software
As Computer Science major, you’ll study the algorithmic processes that create, describe, and transform information.
The Computer Science Department offers three degree options for students interested in studying Computer Science:
- BA in Computer Science
- BS in Computer Science
- BA in Computer Information Science
Our department reflects the beliefs of St. Edward's University by offering a flexible degree plan. Rigorous field-specific coursework coupled with the freedom to explore general elective courses ensures students graduate with a comprehensive education. As a result, more than 75% of computer science students at St. Edward’s find work within six months of graduation. Students within these majors have made such substantial achievements as algorithmic trading on Wall Street to DNA mapping with the Human Genome Project.
Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — sets the groundwork for undergraduate students to continue on to graduate studies or pursue careers in the software industry.
Dr. Laura Baker Receives Distinguished Career Award
At the Faculty Recognition Gathering on Wednesday, 20 April, Dr. Laura Baker received the Distinguished Career Award from St. Edward's University, recognizing her outstanding contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service. Dr. Baker has taught over 600 sections of courses and 4700 students in her time at St. Edward's, all while frequently serving as Department Chair or Department Head. Congratulations to Dr. Baker. (We proudly note that the winner of this award has come from NSCI both of the last two years: Dr. Bill Quinn was last year's winner.)
Advanced Computing Lab
The Computer Science department provides practical experience in an educational and supportive setting. The Advanced Computing Lab (ACL) offers state-of-the-art computing services that allow students in Computer Science and related fields to engage in hands-on learning.
ACL features include:
- Access to the Ubuntu/Linux operating system
- Access to Mac, Windows, and other platforms
- Individual and group study spaces
- Lab assistants available for on-site help
The ACL is located in John Brooks Williams South room 166. The lab is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for Computer Science students. Students and faculty with an authorized access St. Edward's ID card may enter the ACL at any time.
Faculty & Staff
Our faculty contribute expertise in software design, the building of bioinformatics software platforms, engineering management, and patented manufacturing systems. Their research foci include digital forensics, information security and privacy including privacy preserving forensic investigations, cyber security, anonymity networks, and network security among other research. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
We encourage students to explore interests by engaging in learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
- The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. ACM serves to advance the field of computing with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.
- The IEEE Computer Society serves a global community of researchers, educators, professionals, and students by providing information, networking, and career development services.
- The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) promotes the advancement and use of computer-oriented curricula in educational institutions. CCSC hosts meetings in conjunction with local, regional, and national organizations to improve the use of computing as an educational resource.
- The Loosely Organized Computer Organization (LOCO) promotes the understanding of computers and computer science through inviting industry speakers, promoting group study, and providing mentors to new students. For more information, contact loco [at] stedwards.edu.
Training and Internships
Paid off-campus specialized training opportunities
As a student in the Computer Science program you are afforded access to the funding programs offered exclusively to STEM students at St. Edward’s University by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4). i4 is currently offering tuition awards of up to $2,000 for specialized training and micro-credentialing consistent with the i4 mission. Additionally, i4 offers paid in-workplace internships that enable students to gain valuable practical experience as they move forward academically and professionally. For more information on these programs please visit the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) on the web.