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Computer Science — Data Science, Applied AI Track, BS


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. 

Data Science, Applied AI Track

You will learn the structures, concepts, mathematics, and computer languages of data analytics and AI. You will learn to use the software and cloud platforms in demand in the job market, such as Tableau, SAS, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google TensorFlow.

You will conduct real data analytics projects using open source datasets and data from local companies.

You will learn how to govern data ethically and legally, in accordance with the Christian humanist mission of the DeSales U.

For more information about our new Data Science Track, please contact Professor Brennan Pursell, MBA, PhD, Director of Applied AI Program via email:

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. We welcome applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: Test-optional for students applying for Fall 2022*
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program

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

* SAT scores are highly recommended for students applying for the Nursing and Health Science programs. Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program.

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 

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.


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. 


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


  • up-to-date software used in our classes include Tableau, SAS, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google TensorFlow, Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, Virtual PC, Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Game Engine, Oracle, Autodesk Mudbox, Geometer’s Sketchpad and Android Studio.

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 2021-2022

Resident Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500

Room and Board - $13,300
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $54,500 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Total cost for resident students: $59,674

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Total cost for commuter students: $48,312


Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Living Expenses - $7,870
Total cost for off-campus students: $56,182
*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


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. 

Explore the Career Development Center