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Computer Science, BS , Minor

Overview

Gain the skills you need for graduate study, a career, or both in the continuously changing fields of computer science.

Our curriculum provides a solid foundation in both computer science theory and practice. It focuses on the design, development, testing, and maintenance of a versatile set of software applications and hands-on experience with hardware.

Choose from specialized tracks:

General Track

Gain the skills needed for graduate study, a career, or both in the continuously changing fields of computer science. The general track focuses on the design, development, testing, and maintenance of a versatile set of software applications with hands-on experience with hardware.

Cyber Security Track

This track focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of the fast growing cyber security sector. You'll learn the preferred methods and security systems needed in the corporate IT world. You'll also learn how to secure communication methods, establish custody of data, and securely transport and store data.

Digital Art

Study and create digital art, combining the science of computing with the creativity of art. Courses in this concentration teach students advanced techniques in graphic design, animation creation, game programming, simulation development, and user interface. Fine arts courses offered through the humanities department enhance this degree by complimenting the graphical design with an artistic approach.

Game Programming

Concentrate on the visual aspect of computing combined with the logic of movement and design. This concentration isn’t just for those interested in the video game industry. Video game development, animation, and simulation have shifted the technology marketplace. Our graduates have gone on to jobs in the healthcare industry as well as the information science fields.

What makes our computer science major unique?

Small Class Sizes

  • less than 15-20 students in upper level courses
  • no more than 30 students in lower level courses

Personal Attention

  • each major receives an academic advisor within our department
  • 15-20 Computer Science majors per class
  • tight-knit, community feel 
  • accessible, experienced and highly trained faculty with 
    expertise in such areas as 3D computer animation, computer security, game programming and more

Program Flexibility

  • multiple tracks within allow you to focus on specific areas of interest
  • double majors and minors are achievable within four-year time frame

Research Experiences

  • opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research with full-time faculty members 

Get Involved:

  • Computer Science Club
  • Anime Club
  • The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
  • The Department of Homeland Security: Academic Alliance Partner

students at computers

A computer science degree can be the gateway to an ever-growing field known for diverse career opportunities, high starting salaries, and job security. 

Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

When to Apply
We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT scores—official from the College Board or on your official high school transcript.
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

Curriculum

Students who graduate from DeSales University with a major in computer science will be able to demonstrate:

  1. critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to use computer science methodologies to solve problems;
  2. advanced knowledge of current technology based on industry standards;
  3. advanced knowledge of theoretical concepts based on industry standards;
  4. knowledge of ethical and social principles in the computer science field;
  5. integration of skills relevant to a profession or advanced studies. 

Graduation Requirements

Make it a Minor

Computer Science and Digital Art are available as minors to add on to a bachelor's degree in another area. A minor consists of 6 courses and is indicated on your permanent record. See the Academic Catalog for details.

Facilities

Computer Labs/Classrooms

  • three dedicated computer labs (one programming; one digital art; one hardware)
  • labs are equipped with modern technology including dual monitor computers, digital art drawing tablets, smart boards and flat screen televisions classrooms are equipped with smart board technology and have a maximum capacity of less than 30 students

Software

  • up-to-date software used in our classes include Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, Virtual PC, Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Game Engine, Oracle, Autodesk Mudbox, Geometer’s Sketchpad and Android Studio
 

Careers & Internships

Recent graduates of the department have obtained employment at companies including:

  • Air Products & Chemicals, American Heritage Federal Credit Union, B. Braun Medical Inc.,
  • Cigna Health Insurance, Crayola, LLC, Department of the Navy, ETS-Educational Testing Services,
  • Harleysville Insurance, Hatch House Ventures, Lockheed Martin Corp., Lutron Electronics,
  • Merck, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., PPL Corp., Prudential, St. Luke’s University Health Network, TD Bank,
  • Trifecta Technologies, T-Mobile, Vanguard, amazon.com

Recent graduates of the department have pursued graduate studies at institutions including:

  • University of Pennsylvania (Statistics/Analytics), Temple University (Applied Mathematics),
  • Villanova University (Applied Statistics), Lehigh University (Pure Mathematics),
  • University of Delaware (Financial Engineering), Rutgers University (Computer Science),
  • University of Michigan (Data Mining; Bio-statistics), DeSales University (M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S.I.S.)

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2019-2020

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $37,200

Room and Board - $13,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200

Total = $51,900 (including freshman/transfer fees)
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Total cost for resident students: $56,174

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,304
Transportation Costs - $2,808
Total cost for commuter students: $45,278

Off-Campus*

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Transportation Costs - $2,304
Living Expenses - $7,048
Total cost for off-campus students: $52,326
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

 
Karen Ruggles
If you’re interested in majoring in computer science, I definitely recommend visiting DeSales and seeing for yourself the beauty of the campus and the atmosphere. Interact with students, ask them questions, meet the faculty, sit in on a class, or go to a club meeting just to see for yourself how awesome it really is here.
Karen Ruggles, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Employers

Career Preparation from Day One

We're passionate about helping our students and alumni explore major and career options, find experiential education, and achieve post-graduation success in an evolving global world. 

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Study Abroad

DeSales has an international experience for every student, every major, for every student athlete — we have something for everyone, no matter what.

We have many international agreements that allow you to study abroad for a semester at the same cost as your DeSales tuition, and you can use your financial aid!

Learn about our study abroad opportunities
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