About the Department

In recognition of the ubiquitous nature of computing and the importance of being able to analyze data in the modern world, the Computer and Information Sciences department offers majors in Computer Science (BS) and Statistics (BS).

Computer Science majors develop the knowledge and skills required to design and build software and to create efficient solutions to real-world problems.  Our major is designed to develop well-rounded students who can succeed in the challenging and continually changing field of technology.  Our curriculum includes a wide variety of cutting-edge topics including, software design and implementation, computer architecture, database design, algorithms, computer networking, computer security, and robotics. Our graduates have started their careers in prominent local, national, and international businesses, as well as government organizations.  Others have gone on to pursue careers in academia at top-ranked universities.  

The Statistics major is offered through a joint program between CISC and the Mathematics department. The curriculum of this program is oriented toward real-world applications of statistics and the development of skills in statistical problem solving, data analysis and statistical modeling, statistical software use and programming, data mining and machine learning, and the communication of statistical results to diverse audiences. Graduates of the Statistics major are fully prepared to apply their knowledge and skills in myriad careers and graduate programs, including those found in business and marketing, the health sciences, education, government, and the social and behavioral sciences.  

The department encourages Computer Science and Statistics majors to obtain a minor in a complementary discipline. Students interested in teacher licensure should see the various science and mathematics programs in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog. A dual undergraduate degree program with Engineering is also available, which is described in the catalog section under School of Engineering.  Additionally, we offer a fast track Masters in Graduate Programs in Software degree.

Department Contacts

Department Chair and Statistics Coordinator, Dr. Erin Curran (ecurran@stthomas.edu)

Computer Science Coordinator, Dr. Jason Sawin (jason.sawin@stthomas.edu)