Computer and Information Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Computer and Information Sciences
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The computer and information sciences major at Springfield College is a professional program that offers a solid core of theoretical and applied computer science courses and provides the student with the choice of one of four required concentrations:
Information SystemsThe information systems concentration focuses on those advanced skills in computer information processing that are essential technical computer skills for the business enterprise, including systems analysis and data communications.
Software DevelopmentThe software development concentration focuses on advanced theoretical and applied skills that are essential in the development of computer software, including advanced mathematical skills, as well as a sound knowledge of computer systems hardware, computer programming and computer programming languages, and a variety of operating systems.
Game ProgrammingThe game programming concentration provides students with those advanced skills that are essential to enter the rapidly developing industry of game programming. These include mastery of object-oriented programming in several programming languages, windows programming in languages such as C++, Microsoft Direct X, windows graphics libraries, open graphics libraries, animation programming, video game design, physics game modeling, artificial intelligence, game engine development, and advanced mathematical skills.
Internet and Network SecurityThe Internet and network security concentration provides students with the necessary skills to work as internet and network security specialists in either the private business sector or in the government sector. Possible jobs upon graduation include network administrator, internet and network security specialist, and computer systems security specialist. Students who choose this concentration are well prepared to seek a variety of network certifications. Springfield College is working collaboratively with Springfield Technical Community College in the delivery of the curriculum for the internet and network security concentration.
Computer and Information Sciences Program Overview
Students will find courses in the fundamental principles of computer science and information processing; the study of software and hardware applications; the study of popular commercially used programming languages, such as C++, JAVA, PERL, COBOL; the fundamental principles of computer design and computer architecture; and web programming, including CGI programming and game programming. There are also ample opportunities for hands-on work experiences that can be applied to the real world.
Computer and information sciences graduates work in systems analysis, computer programming, web programming, game programming (which has rapidly become a multi-billion dollar per year industry), database management, software engineering, data security, data communications, and management information systems and services.
Businesses and other organizations are constantly searching for skilled computer professionals and the demand is expected to continue to grow. Compared to many professional fields, starting salaries are comparatively high. Nationally, for example, graduates in computer science fields earn some of the highest starting salaries. Job offers come from electrical and electronics manufacturers, computer and business equipment manufacturers, and computer software development companies.
All students in the computer and information sciences major are encouraged to consider minors in mathematics or business management. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to pursue internship opportunities through the Springfield College Career Center in order to gain on-the-job experience.
In the computer systems seminar course, students enrich their knowledge of computer systems by pursuing areas of study such as advanced topics in database management systems, networking, computer architecture, programming languages, and artificial intelligence.
For more information about the computer and information sciences major, contact Peter Polito, Ph.D., chair of the Mathematics/Physics/Computer Science Department, at (413) 748-3313 or the Admissions Office, at (800) 343-1257.