Undergraduate Programs

What will I study?

Dom Pinto in ClassroomThe School of Computing offers three different majors: Computer Science, Information Technology and Game Design and Development, as well as a concentration in Network Security. All three majors are in the process of applying for and obtaining ABET accreditation for their programs. The School of Computing also is developing a Computer Engineering major that is planned to launch in Fall 2017.

  • The Computer Science major has an emphasis on programming and more advanced applications, and requires four higher level mathematics courses. It is especially useful for those students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in computer science.

  • The Information Technology major is designed for students interested in interface, multimedia and system design for various business applications.

  • The Game Design & Development major is offered for those students who wish to design and develop games for entertainment, simulation and training.

  • The Computer Engineering major is designed for students interested in gaining proficiency in the subfields of computer engineering such as hardware, software, and systems that arise in the design, analysis, development, and application of computers and digital systems.

Why choose the School of Computing at SHU?

Because of our hands-on approach to learning, small classrooms, and the individual attention that it brings. In addition to traditional lectures, we’ll work together to solve real problems though computer science. Our accomplished faculty are renowned for research in computer ethics, algorithms and gaming design.

Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, both on campus and with nearby companies. We offer on-campus internships in The Factory (our computer support center) and the Network Operations Center. We also work with area companies to place students in a variety of internships.

Companies our students typically intern with include:

  • GE
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan
  • Mercedes Benz Credit
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Chase Bank
  • People's Bank
  • NBC Sports
  • IRC
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Motor Vehicle Network
  • Engineering.com

Learn more about our computer science internships

Will I have research opportunities?

The Computer Science, Information Technology, and Game Design & Development majors all require that seniors complete a year-long senior project which is based on research and applications. Similarly, the Computer Engineering major curriculum will require a two-semester engineering design project for seniors. Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty and assist with their research.

What facilities and resources are available to me?

We have a dedicated student lab, a networking and gaming lab, three dedicated computer classrooms and a new Motion Capture lab for digital editing. We also have a Physics/Digital Design lab and two additional engineering/design labs are being renovated for the Computer Engineering program.

Read more about our School of Computing facilities

Are there special admission requirements?

No, we have an open admission policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students may declare the different majors in the School of Computing when they apply for admission to Sacred Heart University.

Review SHU’s undergraduate admissions process

What are my career options with a degree from the School of Computing?

The following companies have hired our graduates for full-time positions:

  • GE
  • IBM
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Yale University
  • CitiBank
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Yahoo
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Computer SI
  • St. Raphael Hospital
  • United Illuminating
  • Quintet Systems
  • NBC Sports
  • IRC

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What graduate schools have our School of Computing students enrolled in?

Our School of Computing students have continued on with graduate programs at Sacred Heart University (Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity and a Master of Science degree in Computer Informatics with tracks in Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science (CS), as well Fairfield University (Software Engineering), Yale University (Med Tech), University of Bridgeport (Computer Engineering)  and University of New Haven (Computer Engineering).

What co-curricular activities are available?

A Gaming Club and Cybersecurity Club are open to all School of Computing majors and any Sacred Heart University student interested in learning and participating in technology lectures, forums and discussions. Recently a number of students traveled to Germany to partake in a worldwide gaming symposium.

Will I be able to study abroad?

Yes, to learn more about our study abroad opportunities available to students, visit our study abroad website.