Computer Science

The Computer Science major gives students knowledge and skills necessary for the 21st century technology-centered workplace. Hands-on experience with appropriate technologies is integral to the computer science program. In many of the computer science courses, students work in teams to solve larger problems. In this way, they develop skills for working on project teams, providing valuable experience for careers. Computer Science majors are strongly advised to get job-related experience through computer projects and internships that take place in the world beyond the classroom. Because concepts in computer science are deeply rooted in mathematics, Computer Science majors are advised to complete their calculus requirement early in their program. The major provides the flexibility to allow students to pursue one or more concentrations as they explore the various sub-disciplines within computer science.

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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
●  Tuition/Semester: $14,422 (2017-18)
●  Tuition/Year: $28,844 (2017-18)

Additional Information

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Cardinal Stritch University offers programs in Mathematics and Computer Science that are designed to reflect the most current developments within the disciplines and to prepare students for a wide variety of careers. In most of our courses, students are expected to make use of computers, calculators, and other modern technologies to explore and experiment with important ideas and to develop a deep understanding of underlying concepts and problem-solving strategies. Teamwork, particularly in larger problem-solving experiences, is required in most of our courses. Students are encouraged to participate in internship opportunities and pre-professional activities.
 
Teacher certification in computer science is available at the Early Adolescence/Adolescence (grades 6–12) level. 
 
A minor in computer science complements a variety of majors, and prepares students to work in a computer-centered work environment.  Students majoring in mathematics and/or business are particularly encouraged to complete a Computer Science minor. 

Computer Science Major: a minimum of 43 credits
Required courses for major: CS 212, 213, 305, 306, 315, 361, 401, 402, 407, and 415.  Required mathematics course: MT 210.
 
At least two credits of internship experience (CS 402) are required. Students may seek department approval to substitute an additional CS elective course numbered 300 or above in place of the CS 402 internship requirement.
 
At least nine credits of additional elective courses, chosen with faculty guidance, are required to complete the major.  These electives may be chosen to complete one or more concentrations.  Concentrations currently recognized by the department include: Web Application Development (CS 230, 240, 330), Game Development (CS 118, 250, 405), and Computational Modeling (MT 211, 365, 410).  Check with the department for the complete list. 
 
CS 401 is a capstone course in the major that is normally taken in the last semester (or last year) of upper-division course work in the major. CS 401 is offered annually in the spring, so December graduates must take this in the spring before their last semester. 
 
Students intending to pursue a major in computer science are encouraged to take CS 107 as their first computer science course, and those who are planning to go on to further study are strongly encouraged to take MT 211.  All computer science majors are encouraged to take a minor in a supporting field such as mathematics.
 
Computer Science Minor: a minimum of 18 credits
The minor in Computer Science is for individuals seeking a computer science background to supplement their chosen major. This minor is primarily intended for College of Arts and Sciences majors, and will not replace or modify the existing minor in Computer Science for Secondary DPI Certification or Teacher Certification Programs.
 
Required courses for minor: CS 212 and 213.  Twelve additional credits of Computer Science courses (generally four additional courses) to complete the credit requirements may be selected with faculty guidance from the following: CS 107, 118, 230, 240, 250, 304, 305, 306, 315, 330, 361, 390, 402, 407, 415, and 435.  At least six credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.  The department may, at its discretion, permit other CS courses numbered 300 or above to count towards the minor.
 
Minor in Computer Science for Secondary DPI Licensure (for Students Seeking Secondary Licensure in CS):  a minimum of 22 credits
Required courses for minor: CS 107, 212, 213, 305, and at least one of the following: CS 230 or 361. Additional courses to meet the 22-credit minimum may be selected, with faculty guidance, from CS 390, 407, and 435. CS 390 can be taken for variable credit.
 
Teacher Licensure Programs
Requirements set by the Department of Public Instruction for all licensures vary from time to time. Individuals in teacher certification programs must meet with department advisors every semester until they complete requirements.
 
Department Grading Policy
No grade lower than a “C” will be accepted in a student’s major, minor, or required auxiliary courses.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Admission Requirements


Freshman Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.
  • Send ACT or SAT Scores
    Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Transfer Student Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application 
    Submit the  admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. 
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you  obtain an F-1 student visa.

Contact Admissions


Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822
Email: admissions@stritch.edu  

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students locate all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.
 

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