Computer & Data Science, B.S.
Learn the analytical and technical skills necessary to flourish in a growing industry
Become eligible for jobs in a variety of career fields upon earning a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Data Science from USJ.
Take the first step toward a career as a software developer, ranked the best job by U.S. News & World Report, and pursue the best major for the job, Computer and Data Science.
The Computer and Data Science program is designed to prepare students for employment in both computer science and data science. This combination of skills is highly attractive to employers who are increasingly inclined to use data-driven and evidence-based decision making. As a Computer and Data Science major, students will combine coursework and internship experience to gain practical skills in areas such as computer programming, application development, data analysis, data mining, and machine learning, which will give them a competitive edge in the job market.
Why Pursue a B.S. in Computer and Data Science?
The Bachelor of Science in Computer and Data Science at the University of Saint Joseph can open doors to a wide range of industries, setting you up for a successful lifelong career. The world of tech is changing every day. In this growing industry, creative professionals with the courage and skill to tackle never-before-seen challenges are highly sought after.
Our wide-ranging curriculum and ample internship opportunities give students the classroom knowledge and hands-on experience that employers are looking for in today’s competitive market.
The BS in Computer and Data Science program at the University of Saint Joseph establishes a firm foundation of core knowledge and skills related to the analysis of big data and the intricacies of computer science.
With a firm grounding in the basics instilled through in-depth classroom instruction and peer-to-peer discussion, students are then encouraged to explore their interests and gain real-world practical experience through our research and internship opportunities.
Students work with leading faculty on research projects related to data architecture, analysis, and computer programming. They find internships in businesses across Connecticut and in surrounding states, giving them hands-on experience that helps them find employment across the nation and even the globe.
Computer and Data Science Careers
According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the need for software developers is expected to increase by 253,000 jobs over the next decade, and growing evidence suggests the supply is not keeping pace with the demand.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Computer and Data Science program will have the necessary skills and industrial insight to continue on to graduate school or pursue a wide range of careers as:
- Software engineers
- System analysts
- Application developers
- Computer science educators
- Computer and information systems managers
- Data scientist/information scientists
- Data engineers
- Data architects
- Business intelligence analysts
- Database administrators
The career opportunities in these fields continue to change and grow. In a recent letter to the President of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC), the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development stated that in 2016 there were 7,000 open computing jobs in Connecticut and only 520 computer science graduates from Connecticut colleges each year. Accordingly, graduates of this program will be well positioned to find lucrative employment within the state of Connecticut.
Salary expectations for roles relating to data and computer science are also growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for those employed in computer occupations in 2016 was $82,000, as compared with $37,000 for all occupations. Additionally, Glassdoor.com ranked the median base salary of workers in their first five years of employment by undergraduate major — with Computer Science topping the list at $70,000.
The University of Saint Joseph’s Bachelor’s in Computer and Data Science program can help you launch a lifelong career working in software development, big data analysis, and other exciting tech fields.