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Undergraduate Programs

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What will I study?

Dom Pinto in ClassroomThe School of Computer Science and Engineering offers five different Undergraduate majors: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Game Design and Development and Computer Engineering. All five majors are in the process of applying for and obtaining ABET accreditation for their programs. 

  • 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 understanding and managing information, information technology development, 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.
  • The Cybersecurity major is designed to provide students the critical knowledge and skills required to keep these systems and their data safe, secure and resilient against modern-day attacks, and is geared towards students with a strong mathematical and analytical background, and the curiosity and desire to keep themselves updated with this constantly changing field.

Why choose the School of Computer Science & Engineering 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:

  • 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. 

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 Computer Science and Engineering 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 Computer Science & Engineering?

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 Computer Science & Engineering students enrolled in?

Our School of Computer Science and Engineering 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 Science and Information Technology 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.