Computer Science at Providence College

Why Study Computer Science at Providence College?
The computer science major at PC — offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science — provides students with the knowledge of networks, databases, operating and numerical methods of solving problems, as well as the mathematics that form the base of the field. Our program incorporates rigorous practice in solving problems using algorithms and teaches students how to implement solutions using high-level programming languages.

With a B.S. in computer science, you can pursue a variety of careers. Become a software applications developer, computer systems analyst or engineer, network systems administrator, database administrator, business intelligence analyst, web developer, computer programmer, and more.

What you'll study

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Learn concepts and technical skills; advanced theories; hardware organization from the central processing unit to individual components including registers, memory, digital components, and component connections; the theory of computer networks and network algorithms; and more. Students may also focus on special topics in computer science and complete an independent study or research in the field.

Minor in Computer Science | Technical
The Technical Computer Science minor focuses on the hardware functioning aspect of the field.

Minor in Computer Science | Business Programming
The Business Programming Computer Science minor focuses on database management systems and computer networks.

Selected Courses

  • Data Processing
  • Computer Science
  • Applied Data Analytics
  • Discrete Data Structures
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Networks
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Database Management Systems
  • Operating Systems

Faculty

Our faculty members have decades of combined experience teaching many aspects of mathematics and computer science. Their scholarly interests include “Big Data,” statistics, computer networking, operating systems, differential equations, and the history of mathematics. In addition to leading classrooms, they are:

  • scholars who have published articles in leading journals and present at regional, national, and international conferences;
  • graduates of leading institutions, including Brown University, Purdue University, SUNY-Binghamton, and Bowling Green;
  • researchers funded by the likes of the National Science Foundation and the Purdue Research Foundation; and
  • fellows of distinguished institutions and programs such as the Mathematical Association of America’s Project NExT.

ENGAGED LEARNING

 

As a computer science major, you will be challenged in the classroom and out. To complement coursework, we urge our students to participate in engaged learning opportunities where knowledge is put into real-world practice.

  • Compete in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) programming contest
  • Present papers at sectional meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • Produce poster presentations for regional conferences
  • Participate in the national Putnam Exam competition for college students, hosted by the MAA
  • Qualify for membership in Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society
  • Intern in a number of industries — locally or in your area

OUTCOMES

96%

of 2016-2020 computer science, mathematics, and physics graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

  • 69% are employed only
  • 14% are attending school only
  • 13% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals
  • Scribe Partners
  • University Emergency Medicine Foundation

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University
  • Daemon College
  • Northwestern University
  • Providence College
  • Stanford University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Tufts University Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Utah