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Computer + Information Sciences
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Computer + Information Sciences

Computer science is more than just programming and database languages. 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 similar interests, along the way earning a degree which shows a developed capacity to think creatively, logically and quantitatively.

Why Study Computer and Information Sciences at CHC?

At CHC, you will become familiar with a variety of hardware and software technologies and gain enough background and problem-solving experience to adapt to the technologies you will meet in the workplace. Along with classroom instruction from highly qualified and experienced professors, you will earn a well-rounded liberal arts education that will help you think for yourself and overlay your career decisions with an ethical perspective.

The Computer and Information Sciences major is designed to prepare students for graduate study and/or careers in computer science and related fields. Students take a variety of courses that introduce them to programming concepts, data structures, computer algorithms, computer architecture, networking, and cyber security. Students participate in an internship that enables them to apply their academic knowledge and gain experience in the workplace.

Student Activities:

Qualified students may be invited to join Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honor Society for Technology. Students need to complete at least 18 credits of computer science, computer technology, digital forensics, and/or cyber security courses and maintain a Career GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.25 in the Major. Eligible students are also required to be in the top 35% of their class and have approval of the Program.  

Students majoring in Computer and Information Sciences may be invited by the program to join Sigma Zeta, the natural science and mathematics honor society founded in 1925. The society is dedicated to encouraging and fostering the attainment of knowledge in mathematics, computer science, and the natural sciences. Criteria for eligibility for membership include a minimum of 15 credits in the major, a grade point average of 3.00 in the major, and a 3.00 Career GPA, plus program approval.

Students who enjoy programming are welcome to become members of the Programming Team. The team competes in programming contests sponsored by the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. The team holds weekly practices in preparation for the Programming Contests.

Technology Requirements:

All students majoring in Computer and Information Sciences will need their own laptop with the following minimum specifications:

  • Operating System - Windows 11 (64bit version only)
  • Memory - Minimum 8 GB RAM
  • Processor - Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 (2.0 GHz or better) CPU must support Virtualization Technologies
  • ​Hard disk - Minimum 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or larger

This program offers:

  • Major: Computer and Information Sciences
  • Minor: Computer Science

Career Outlook

Computer-related jobs are projected to increase much faster than the average of other occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook. To be part of this exciting field, you will need a solid background in computers. You will need work experience, such as an internship, and a bachelor's degree to be ready for many of these positions. You can also pursue graduate study in computer science or a computer-related field. You will be able to apply your computer knowledge to many areas of industry. Many technology positions involve teamwork and collaboration with colleagues. Jobs in computer science are varied and are constantly changing as technology becomes part of every aspect of life. All types of organizations require people with computer knowledge. Job titles vary from one company to another; listed below are some common computer positions:

  • Software engineer
  • Software developer
  • Full-stack developer
  • Mobile application designer or developer
  • Research and development (R&D) scientist
  • Computer scientist or computer science researcher
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer

A computer and information sciences major can intern in the technology department of for-profit and non-profit organizations, in educational computer labs, and at government agencies. This increases the opportunities for our computer and information sciences students to gain valuable real-world experience through special internships. In fact, it is not uncommon for an internship to lead to full-time employment after graduation for CHC grads.

Some of our computer and information sciences majors have held internships at the following companies and organizations:

  • Computer Masters, Inc
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Tech Department
  • Independence Blue Cross Information Services
  • The Grace Academy
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia Tech Department
  • The Baby Bureau
  • Brave Hearts for Strong Minds

The Computer Science and Information Technology Program provides students with internship opportunities within Chestnut Hill College that range anywhere from website design and development to mobile application development. 

Contact info

 If you are interested in becoming a Computer and Information Sciences major at Chestnut Hill College, please email the Data and Society Center at dataandsociety@chc.edu