Computer Science (BA Degree)

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What is a BA in Computer Science?

Do you have an interest in computer science, but also a desire to explore other subjects such as literature, performing arts, history and much more? If so, a Bachelor of Arts in computer science is the degree for you! Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in web design, software development, computer programming or another area of this stimulating field, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science opens up countless opportunities for exciting careers and the latitude to combine your passion for programming with other disciplines.

Why Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at Iona?

Iona University’s Bachelor of Arts in computer science program will give you an understanding of major computer science principles while allowing you to combine your computer science major with another area of study. At Iona, earning a Bachelor of Arts in computer science allows you the flexibility to follow your passions – from learning about software in one course to literature in the next, this program has everything needed to become a multifaceted computer science professional.

Earning your Bachelor of Arts in computer science at Iona offers you an education that equips you with the skills needed for a successful career.

Iona University’s proximity to New York City provides you with unmatched access to internship opportunities at big-name companies. We have a strong track record of placing students in excellent positions at Google, IBM and PepsiCo, to name a few, thanks in part to our active alumni relationships.

The Iona Computer Science Department also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, a computer science minor, a data science minor and 5-year dual degree programs (bachelor’s to master’s). For the latter, the bachelor’s degree can be in computer science or other another discipline such as chemistry, mathematics or economics. Concentration options in cyber security and game development are also available.

What You'll Learn

During your time at Iona, you will gain a strong foundation in computer science and build critical skills to enhance your professional expertise and prepare you for the challenges of the modern workplace, including:

  • Programming in a variety of languages, such as Java, C, C++, C#, Python, PHP, JavaScript, Swift, Assembly and more
  • Database development using SQL
  • Network programming
  • Mobile and web applications development
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Operating Systems

You also have opportunities for collaborative research, often leading to placement in scientific publications. If you decide to pursue a concentration as part of your bachelor's degree in Computer Science, you’ll learn more about a specific aspect of the computer science and technology landscape.

Explore Courses

Cyber Security Concentration

Cyber security experts are in great demand as our world grows increasingly digital. As part of the Computer Science major, the Cyber Security concentration offers an understanding of information security technology and how to protect systems from cyber attacks to help companies and individuals protect their information.

Game Development Concentration

Game development is a fast-growing industry incorporating creativity and technical know-how. In the Game Development concentration, Computer Science majors are equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop games and simulations using cutting-edge virtual/augmented reality and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

Careers & Outcomes

After their bachelor’s degree, Iona Computer Science graduates are prepared to enter numerous industries with the technical and communication skills necessary to succeed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer and information technology field is projected to continue its healthy growth, faster than the average for all occupations, offering numerous opportunities for Computer Science majors.

Job Titles

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Application Developer
  • Web Developer
  • System Administrator
  • Security Engineer
  • Database Administrators and Architects


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Ileana Palesi

While majoring in Computer Science, I’ve also been conducting research to find an improved method to model a cancer-fighting drug. Being able to foster a background in both CS and Chemistry has greatly improved my college experience and overall education.

leana Palesi '20, BA in Computer Science, Minor in Chemistry

Computer Science Program Highlights

Internship Opportunities

Almost all of our Computer Science students secure a paid internship as early as their sophomore or junior year. Internships provide valuable work experience, bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace and often directly result in full-time job offers!

Iona students and alumni have completed internships at many notable companies, including:

  • Gartner
  • Gen Re
  • Google
  • IBM Global Financing
  • Legg Mason
  • PepsiCo
  • Steiner Sports

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)

The best computer science students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and professionalism by being inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the International Honor Society for Computer and Information Disciplines. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), UPE is the first and only existing international honor society in the Computing and Information disciplines.

Learn More: Iona University Students Inducted to UPE

Learn more about Iona’s Computer Science major!

At Iona University, our flexible Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to pursue a double major or minor in another subject. In addition, our concentrations in Cyber Security and Game Development equip you with career-ready skills.

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