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Computer Science Overview

Computer science students learn to analyze how computers work and how to design programs. They develop valuable skills in programming, such as Java and C++, software engineering, computer architecture, operating systems, and computer networking. 

Our comprehensive curriculum teaches students to write efficient programs and create mathematical models to address real-world problems. They analyze the networking needs of organizations and develop software solutions to fulfill those needs. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates pursue a variety of career paths in rapidly growing industries, such as engineering, information technology, software engineering, computer science, and mathematics.

Many are employed at technology companies whose products are computers, software and computer services. Representative job titles include: 




Web administrator 




Network engineer 


Software engineer 


Game programmer 

21% Growth

Career Outcomes
Job growth expected to
rise 21% through 2028* 

$116K Salary

Average Pay
For software developers  
in the New York region 

120 Credits 

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree 
Classes in operating systems, website
administration & computer architecture

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

•  Full-time or part-time enrollment

•  Evening and weekend classes allow for
    flexible scheduling

•  Small class sizes allow for meaningful academic
    advising from qualified faculty. 

•  You can also earn your degree online

•  SAT & ACT optional 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Science (CS)?

A CIS major will devote time studying the way computers are used to solve business problems, whereas CS majors will analyze how computers work and how to design programs. So when it comes to jobs, a CIS major would probably be hired by a company that uses computers to keep track of their business, whereas a CS major would be of interest to a company whose products are computers, software or computer services.

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Do you offer night and weekend classes?

Yes, some evenings and weekends at the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses.

Are the Computer Information Systems and Computer Science programs approved/accredited?

Yes, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in programming by writing programs that are functional, easy to use (user interface), and efficient

  • Demonstrate the ability to quickly and effectively recognize the requirements of different programming languages / IDEs / platforms and solve problems by writing programs on the different platforms /IDEs

  • Create a simple, formal mathematical model of a real world situation and use that model to solve a problem

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex software problems applying and using calculus and design solutions to these problems

  • Recognize and explain the importance of integrating security into all aspects of programming, operating systems, and software development

  • Explain what is meant by ‘best’, ‘expected’, and ‘worst’ case behavior of an algorithm

  • Identify and explain the basic building blocks of a computer: arithmetic logic unit (gatelevel), registers (gatelevel), central processing unit (register transfer level), and memory (register transfer level)

  • Analyze the software needs of an organization or a business unit in the organization

  • Design, develop, and (describe the implementation of) a software solution to fulfill organizational needs using software engineering methods

  • Analyze the networking needs of an organization and propose a suitable solution for those needs 

  • Write business reports as well as technical manuals

  • Function effectively in a team to complete a programming / software engineering project spanning an entire semester

Program Details & Curriculum


General Liberal Arts and Sciences

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
CISC/MATH 120, 131, 231, MATH 116 and 201 are prerequisites for the major and must be completed as part of the General Education Requirements

Major Concentration
Computer Science and Related Courses: 47 Credits
Open Electives: 13 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


Academic Program Sequence Map

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