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Computer Science Major

Our computer science program teaches you the key concepts that are relevant to what the current industry is expecting from computer science graduates. The growing industry allows our program to be ahead of the game with different databases that are free for students to access. You can expect to have a cutting edge understanding of these technologies and be ready to immediately contribute in the workforce and have competent conversations about the machine learning in regards to artificial intelligence.

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Program Overview

The principal areas of study within computer science are programming, artificial intelligence, computer software design and development, and the theory of computing. Graduates of this program could be employed as data scientists, software engineers, systems analysts, network architects or web or game developers. However, jobs in computer science are not limited to technology companies; every business uses computers and talent is needed at every stage of the business process.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

This concentration focuses on programming skills and a fundamental understanding of computer systems.

Concentration Overview

This concentration focuses on artificial intelligence and computer modeling.

Concentration Overview

This concentration focuses on data mining and data handling.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Experiential Learning

Our program focuses on getting students into field experiences as soon as possible to build their knowledge and resumes.

Internship sites may include:

  • Best Buy / Geek Squad
  • Cardinal Stritch University IT Department
  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • DeafandHoH, LLC
  • FastTrak Softworks, Inc
  • Immuntable
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Oracle, Inc
  • Quad
  • We Energies

Andrew Scholz, '21

Computer Science major with a minor in Business

"Given the size of Stritch, I had countless opportunities to work closely with the faculty members at Stritch. This greatly improved my college experience because I was able to get the one-on-one attention that I needed to be successful in some of the more challenging computer science classes."

Computer Science Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Computer science is strategically necessary to the world today. The Industrial Revolution has made computer science an essential in everyday life. Students looking to pursue a career in computer science can take advantage of a growing field.

Computer science occupations are expected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029. This increase is significantly faster than the projected growth rate nationwide. Jobs such as computer and information research scientists are projected to grow even more quickly. A bachelor's degree in computer science can open many doors to careers in software development, database administration, and computer programming.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Explore computer science careers in high demand

Career Options Learn more about computer science

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.