Computer Science (BA, BS)
Why Computer Science?
Computer Science and information technology play a role in almost all aspects of our lives in our fast-moving, automated digital society. From smart phones to worldwide communications, to medical databases and online shopping – we are all impacted by technology.
Whether you are interested in web design, social networking, gaming technology or AI, computer science is a dynamic field that will open up countless opportunities for exciting careers.
Why Study Computer Science at Iona?
You will work closely with full-time faculty who are active researchers in the field. You will benefit from individualized attention, research opportunities and lasting connections you won’t find in larger schools.
Our location in the New York metropolitan area, a hub of technology, will provide you with unmatched access to a wide variety of internship opportunities at big-name companies. We have a strong track record of placing students in excellent positions, thanks in part to our active alumni relationships.
You may choose to earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Our ABET-accredited BS program focuses on natural science, mathematics and computer science, and will allow you explore a deeper study of the subject area. The BA program allows you to combine your Computer Science interests with a major or a minor in another area of study.
What You'll Learn
You will gain a strong foundation in computer science, and the critical skills that will enhance your professional expertise and prepare you to face the challenges of the modern workplace, including:
- Database development using SQL
- Network programming
- Mobile and web applications development
- Parallel and scientific computing
You will also have opportunities for collaborative research, often leading to placement in scientific publications.
In each of our concentrations, you’ll learn more about a specific aspect of the computer science and technology landscape, and the skills you’ll need to build a successful career in that area.
Cyber Security: Cyber Security experts are in great demand. You will gain an understanding of information security technology and learn how to protect systems from cyber attacks so that you can help companies and individuals protect their information.
Game Development: Game development is a fast-growing industry. Expand your creativity and technical know-how as you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop games and simulations using cutting-edge virtual/augmented reality and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.
Unique Elements of Program
Bachelor of Arts
Almost all of our computer science students secure a paid internship as early as sophomore or junior year. Internships provide valuable work experience, bridging the gap between the classroom and the work-place, and very often directly result in full time job offers!
Iona students and alumni have completed internships at many notable companies, including:
- Gen Re
- IBM Global Financing
- Legg Mason
- Steiner Sports
- University of North Texas
Our BS degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, ensuring that the program meets the highest international standards of excellence in the industry. Your degree will assure confidence in employers and you will be set on a career path on track for advancement.
National Science Foundation
Iona College has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit, support and retain undergraduate students majoring in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Computer Science. The goal of NSF S-STEM Program – Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is to increase the number of undergraduates on a successful path to pursue further education and careers in STEM.
The professors at Iona introduced me to alumni and employers, landing me my first job at a startup, then an internship at Gartner – both of which gave me valuable experience to propel me into my first job as a software engineer at Google after graduation.
Sean Campbell '16
Careers & Outcomes
The computer and information technology field is projected to continue healthy growth, faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our graduates enter the industry with the skills necessary to succeed.
- Application Developer
- IT Specialist
- Software Engineer
- Solutions Architect
- Web Developer
- System Administrator
- Security Engineer
Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program
The Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program supports Undergraduate Research Awards for women who are majoring in the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science – fields where women have been historically underrepresented nationally.