Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


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Program Description

You believe computer programs improve lives, the function of organizations, and the management of resources. And, you want to have a hand in technological progress. Whether you want to design mobile apps or enterprise software solutions, S.A.U. can prepare you for a successful IT career.

Our graduates work at Apple Inc., Carleton Life Support, Google, HNI Corporation, and Southern Imperial Inc., and many others.


SAU was ranked 5th in College Consensus' (2018) survey of Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa, and 13th in the category Best Regional Universities-Midwest, based on an average of published rankings and student reviews. Ranked 38th (tie) by U.S. News & World Report (2019) Regional Universities Midwest out of a region of 12 states. The publication gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects U.S. News' judgment about how much that measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Comprehensive Education
  • Hands-on Experience
  • 4 + 1 MSITM program

Our faculty is up-to-date on technologies and innovations in computer science. They work side-by-side with you as you learn to translate theory, build technical proficiency, and apply your skills in the real world.

St Ambrose University is a recognized College of Distinction for its adherence to successful outcomes, great teaching, creating a vibrant community, and educating engaged students.

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What will I learn?

Your studies will concentrate on application development, computer architecture, software engineering, and operating systems. Courses include programming, data structures, legal and ethical issues, network and data communications, systems analysis and design, web programming, and database management systems. One of our more popular courses is on iPhone app development.

Our internship program gives you quality, hands-on experience. SAU students have worked side-by-side with network and technology experts at a number of regional and national corporations, including the National Security Administration, Deere & Company, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), and Genesis Health Systems. In fact, you will have your pick at regional internships since they often have more available positions than students.

If you want to pursue an advanced degree, you'll be exceedingly prepared for graduate school, and many choose to continue their education at SAU. Our Master of Science in Information Technology Management prepares IT professionals to effectively analyze, create, and manage information systems that meet the needs of your organization. And with our 4+1 program, you can earn both degrees in five years. It saves you a year of time and tuition.

All of our programs are strengthened by our CIS Alumni Advisory Council. These 15 alumni are well-established, successful IT professionals and industry leaders from across the U.S., and they are invested in the university and care about our students. They provide input and feedback on our curriculum and advise us on industry trends, which helps ensure your education is relevant and strong, and you gain the skills to succeed now and in the future.

What are some possible job outcomes?

Computer Science graduates usually work in software and technology industries, filling the roles of network or systems administrator, network engineer, or technician.

You can work in a number of fields, including business, government, education, science, and energy.

What have alumni of this program done?

  • Rachel Vanderheiden '98, '00, '03 MBA, is an IT Leader for Deere & Company. "The coaching I received from professors helped me get multiple internships and part-time jobs throughout college."
  • Mitch Myers '86, a vice president of customer success at BMC Software in Plano, Texas, is confident the computer science and business classes at S.A.U. helped him "learn how to learn. It was less about specific skills such as programming and more about learning how to think about business and strategies."
  • Randy Vogel '87, a Cloud Adoption Leader for IBM, knows the liberal arts background he gained at S.A.U. helped in his success. "My first job was as a programmer, so the different programming classes were extremely valuable - not just for programming, but for problem-solving skills as well. My subsequent roles began to take on leadership responsibilities, so the liberal arts exposure and small class sizes with lots of interaction were key to help me transition from doer to manager."
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

We offer more than 60 majors with the flexibility to mix majors, minors, and electives to match your interests. What's more, our spirited community is known for its athletics, special events, and outs ... Read More

We offer more than 60 majors with the flexibility to mix majors, minors, and electives to match your interests. What's more, our spirited community is known for its athletics, special events, and outstanding residence halls. Read less