What do Computer and Information Sciences Majors study?


Computer science is more than just programming and database languages. Rather, it is a fully fundamental discipline that provides understanding of how computers and computer systems operate as well as developing technologies that benefit society. By majoring in computer science, you will develop skills in hardware design, systems design, software development and design, algorithm development, and the processes of storing, retrieving and transferring data. Additionally, at Chestnut Hill College, computer science majors will also be able to interact with others who have similiar interests, along the way earning a degree which shows a developed capacity to think creatively, logically and quantitatively.


Students who qualify with a major and career GPA of 3.0/4.0 and who have completed 25 semester hours including 15 semester hours in computer sciences, may be invited to join Sigma Zeta, the National Science and Mathematics Honor Society.


What are the requirements?


Computer and Information Sciences majors complete 20 courses for a total of 62 credits. These requirements include:

  • 39 credits in computer science
  • 10 credits in computer technology
  • 9 credits in mathematics
  • three credits in CMDF: Cyber Security

For more information on specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan, please see the SUS 2014-15 Course Catalog (pages 115-16).


What internships are available?


A computer and information science major can intern in the technology department of profit nd non-profit organizations, in computer software companies, government agencies and technology corporations. Some of our graduates have held internships at the following companies and organizations:

  • Informant Technologies
  • Cyber Technologies Group
  • Rutgers University
  • Gravic, Inc.
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia Tech Dept

 What can I do after graduation?


With a growing job force and exciting and varied prospects, computer sciences is becoming a very popular field. In addition to the technological knowledge required to suceed in this field, students will also learn how to collaborate with colleagues and how to effectively become project managers. Technology is ever -changing and because of that, all kinds of organizations need the assistance of experts and people with advanced computer systems' knowledge. Some of the most common positions held by computer sciences majors include:

  • Systems Analyst and Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Report Writer
  • Database Administrator
  • Project Leader
  • Network Systems Analyst


If you are interested in becoming a computer sciences major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Yefim Kats, Chairperson of the Instrutional Technology Program (katsy@chc.edu) or Lisa Oliveri, SSJ, Undergraduate Program Coordinator (loliverir@chc.edu).


To apply to Chestnut Hill College, please visit Admissions.