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College of St. Scholastica adds new computer science program

The College of St. Scholastica has launched a new Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program designed to prepare students for a rapidly evolving technology landscape.

This program is a welcomed addition to the Computer Information Systems Department and the Stender School of Leadership, Business and Professional Studies.

“I am thrilled we will be offering a new BS in Computer Science program,” Dean Brenda Fischer, EdD, said. “I’m excited to add this degree to our growing menu of programs in the Stender School, all supporting our mission of providing a dynamic and innovative student-centered education that prepares graduates to be collaborative professionals and transformative leaders.”

With a curriculum emphasizing theory and practical application, this program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle real-world challenges in computer science.

“Students will learn technology skills that are at the forefront of many breakthroughs in today's society,” said Kris Glesener, chair of the Computer Information Systems Department.

The program offers various courses covering topics such as machine learning, software development and advanced data structures, laying the groundwork for the Data Analytics minor.

Students will also participate in communications courses as part of the curriculum.

“It's important to have technology knowledge, but it's even more important to be able to communicate that knowledge to others. The most desirable skills employers say they are looking for are communication skills,” said Glesener. “Students learn these skills in the course of their Computer Science degree by frequently working in teams and presenting projects to their peers in the classroom.”Additionally, students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a required internship and senior capstone group project with a local non-profit organization. “Students will not only gain skills and knowledge in the classroom but also take part in real-world applications of this work as they move through the program,” said Dean Fischer.

Glesener agreed: “The capstone project gives students valuable experience communicating with real-life clients, gathering project requirements and working with others.”

Not only are the projects meaningful and help people in the local community, but students also get to see the positive results of their hard work and how their technology skills can help others.

“Students often include their capstone experience on their resumes and portfolios and show their work to employers during interviews,” Glesener said.

The 77-credit Computer Science program is designed to meet the needs of all students and is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of schedules. Whether completed online or in-person, this program sets students up for success by preparing them for a wide variety of technology jobs or graduate programs. In fact, students can complete the bachelor’s degree in as little as two years with transfer credits.

All courses are taught by instructors with extensive industry experience who know what knowledge and skills you will need to succeed in computer science fields.

“Students and professors alike work together to support each other and help everyone achieve their goals,” said Glesener. This collaboration extends to other departments on campus; computer science faculty are currently partnering with the Chemistry program to develop an app to identify contaminants in lake water.

St. Scholastica has a long history of excellence in the sciences and the new Computer Science program is no exception. To learn more, visit the BS Computer Science program page.

St. Scholastica is a private, independent college established in 1912 and founded in the Catholic Benedictine tradition. It is nationally recognized for quality and value. The U.S. News & World Report includes it on its Best National Universities and Top Performers on Social Mobility lists. The College is ranked on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money” list and Princeton Review’s list of Best Midwestern Colleges. A First Forward Institution, St. Scholastica, is recognized for developing new initiatives to support first-generation student success. The College’s six-year graduation rate is higher than the state, regional and national average.