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Computing touches nearly every industry, creating a strong demand for qualified and knowledgeable professionals in computer science fields. If you are interested in the theoretical foundations of computing and applying that knowledge to solve complex organizational issues, a computer science degree or minor may be a great fit for you!

A Hands-On Approach

The Computer Science program at St. Scholastica focuses on applied learning throughout the curriculum. You will focus on practical application, such as programming, early on in the program to give you experience actually doing the work that you would be doing in your career.

The program includes courses in machine learning, software development and advanced data structures, as well as laying the groundwork for a Data Analytics minor. The coursework is designed to develop the communication skills you will need to work with project teams in your career, which is especially valuable in computer science. All courses are taught by instructors with extensive industry experience who know what knowledge and skills you will need to succeed in computer science fields.

This degree program will set you up for success, preparing you for a wide variety of technology jobs. Learn the skills you need to become a valued expert in your field.

On-campus Undergraduate Program

  • Face-to-face classes on our Duluth campus
  • Become a leader in designing and implementing computing systems

Bachelor’s Degree Online Program

  • 100% online format
  • Study from anywhere with asynchronous courses
  • Complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as two years with transfer credits

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Degree Details


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Program Requirements

Major Credits: 77
Major Residency Credits: 16
Minimum GPA: 2.0

Required Courses

CIS 1001 Computer Science Principles
CIS 2011 Computer Architectures
CIS 2085 Programming I with/Java
CIS 2087 Programming II w/Java
ENG 3364/MGT 3150 Management Communication: Written
CIS 3089 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
CIS 3107 Database Modeling
CIS 3108 Systems Analysis and Design
CIS 3115 Machine Learning for Data Science
CIS 3230 Game Design and 3-D Modeling
CIS 3285 Software Design
CIS 3334 Mobile Device Programming
CIS 4041 Web Design
CIS 4108 Project Management
CIS 4109 Capstone Project
CIS 4042 Computer Security
CIS 4200 Full-Stack Web Development
CIS 4555 Systems Development Internship
1 Computer Science Topics Course

Select two of the following:

MTH 2221 Calculus I
MTH 2222 Calculus II
MTH 2401 Discrete Mathematics I
MTH 2442 Introduction to Data Analysis and Applied Statistics

Experiential Learning

All students complete an internship and a senior capstone group project. During the capstone experience, students complete a project for a local non-profit.

Career Outlook

A Computer Science major prepares students well for roles in industry: Software Engineer, Systems Architect and Database Administrator. This program is also a good choice for students looking to further their education in graduate school.

Upon successful completion, a graduate should be able to:

  • Analyze, design and construct solutions to simple and complex problems
  • Research and apply technologies and methodologies to meet organizational needs
  • Effectively communicate technical ideas with team members and stakeholders
  • Articulate and apply personal and organizational values within the context of professional codes of ethics and the Benedictine values
  • Design and build a complex software solution
  • Understand and apply the theory of computational problems

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

On-campus Undergraduate Programs

Students applying for the fall semester have two application timelines to choose from – Early Action (Nov. 15) and Regular Decision (Feb. 1). Both options are completely free and deposits are fully refundable until June 1. We will accept applications for fall semester through the end of August.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs

Most of our hybrid and 100% online programs operate on a rolling admission basis – allowing you to apply anytime. Once your application and other necessary documents are received, we will forward them to the appropriate department for review.


New Student
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for entrance into the college

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

A photo of a person's hands on a laptop with an overlay of coding text.

CS vs. CIS — Which Program is Right For You?

As a Computer Science (CS) professional, you will focus on the theory and mathematics of computer functions to develop technology solutions and software. Alternatively, Computer Information Systems (CIS) professionals build hands-on skills to use computer systems, algorithms and software to make real-world business decisions.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.