Computer Science

Computer Science

Are you fascinated by computer technology and curious to learn about it from the inside out?


Computer science students master the underlying concepts of computing, with an emphasis on software engineering. At Scranton, computer science majors build an educational and experiential foundation to become innovators in the field or to pursue advanced study.

Why Computer Science is in Demand:

Opportunities in computer science are literally all around us. They’re in our mobile apps. They’re behind the websites we visit on a daily basis. They even fuel the databases at the register of our local big box stores.

  • Computer and information sciences is listed as the second most in-demand major today. (Source:
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for all computer-related fields will grow faster than the average for all occupations, adding from about 3.4 to about 4.4 million jobs from 2014 to 2024.
  • Computer science majors have among the top three highest starting salary expectations among Class of 2015 STEM graduates with a median starting salary of $57,273. (Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Student Survey)

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Tech-savvy?
  • Curious and detail oriented?
  • Creative and motivated?
  • Mathematically inclined?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Computer Science

Prestigious program.   Scranton became one of the first colleges in Pennsylvania to establish a computer science major in 1970. Since that time, our graduates have been firmly rooted in the technology revolution, with the only program fully accredited by ABET in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and one of just 20 accredited programs in the state.
Dedicated faculty.   Full-time professors teach all required courses and work one-on-one with students in their research. Students receive individual attention in small classes. Professors are on the cutting edge of evolving technology and trends in the industry.
Hands-on student projects.   Students gain real-world experience by working on projects with regional software development companies. And, through a senior capstone project, students, with a professor as their mentor, design their own software programs.
Jesuit education.   Academic excellence, liberal arts tradition, commitment to service, social justice and focus on the individual are all facets of a Jesuit education that benefit computer science students.
State-of-the-art technology.    Inside the 200,000 square-foot Loyola Science Center are laboratories of Intel systems and specialized hardware. In addition, there are networked file servers accessible from both on- and off- campus locations.
  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    With faculty members as your guides, you’ll learn to function as a software developer in a variety of application domains and communicate with a range of audiences. In addition, you’ll be able to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles and computer science theory in the modeling and design of systems.

    You'll learn how to:

    • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics
    • Analyze and then solve problems with computer technology
    • Troubleshoot and improve systems
    • Innovate and build new software, applications and systems
    • Work in teams

    The Computing Sciences Department has more than 30 powerful PCs running various operating systems and servers provide over 20 gigabytes of disk storage in support of this network. All of our computers are networked, providing access to computing and information resources. As well, we have a large DEC timesharing system with accompanying lab facilities and numerous IBM PC laboratories.

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus


    From Structures and Algorithms to Computer Architecture, courses cover the underlying concepts of computing, emphasizing software engineering. An established core of major courses is supplemented with essential courses in mathematics and science. Students choose from electives in computer graphics, robotics or development for mobile devices.

    While our computer engineering majors integrate issues of hardware and software and our information technology majors learn to apply technology to solve problems in organizations, our computer science majors focus on the development of that technology.

    Click here to see the curriculum.

    Hands-on learning

    Scranton professors understand well that graduates need to augment theory with experience to stay competitive in today’s job market. In their courses, students participate in research alongside faculty members, as well as work on real-world projects in conjunction with regional software development companies with whom faculty have ongoing connections.

    Professor Benjamin Bishop works with students in studies involving computer architecture and graphics. Students complete significant computer programming as part of this valuable research.

    The senior capstone course gives students a great opportunity to challenge themselves and develop meaningful software products that demonstrate their expertise.

    Students have developed:

    • A software interface for a patent-pending system for a local business.
    • An app that provides hikers on the Appalachian Trail with information about food and water locations.

    Additionally, in 2016, a sophomore computer science major, Joshua David, won the grand prize in the general computing category of the 2016 APL problem-solving competition. You can read more about this here

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Computer science majors train to create technology and systems that improve the lives of individuals and advance society as a whole. For example, it’s computer scientists who develop mobile apps that make transactions more efficient and construct technological systems to ensure the security of our nation.

    While computer science is a challenging technical field, it also provides great opportunities for creativity and innovation. Through hands-on class projects and internships, Scranton students begin to contribute to society long before they officially enter their fields of interest. 


Where will Computer Science Take Me?

Outcomes for computer science majors range from developing software for websites to programming information databases for private companies.

Here are some examples of jobs depending on your interests:

  • Software developer
  • Database administrator
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Network architect
  • Web developer
  • Information security analyst
  • Computer programmer

Top Graduate Schools

Students are well prepared to pursue graduate study in computer or business fields. Often students continue at The University of Scranton and pursue an MBA or MS in software engineering.

Other alumni have completed advanced degrees at

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Connecticut
  • Drexel University
  • Iowa State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Yale University

Leading Employers:

You’ll find Scranton computer science graduates working with a wide range of companies and organizations, including:

  • Benco Dental
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • FBI
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MTV
  • Metropolitan Life
  • Microsoft
  • NBC
  • NSA (National Security Agency)
  • TMG Health
  • Prudential

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

At Scranton, computer science graduates have an exceptional success rate. The reputation of the program opens doors to employment and graduate school. Recently, 100 percent of students in the major have entered relevant employment or advanced study after graduation.

Plus, faculty members get to know students well through the years and become enthusiastic advocates for graduates. Their recommendations to employers and graduate schools are invaluable. 

When I talked to Scranton faculty, I felt they were interested in me personally, as an individual.

-Shayne Wierbowski
Class of 2016


Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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