Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Computer and Information Systems
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The computer and information sciences major at Springfield College is a professional program that includes a set of core requirements and a choice of one of three required concentrations: information systems, software development, and game programming respectively. The information systems concentration focuses on those advanced skills in computer information processing that are essential technical computer skills for the business enterprise, including systems analysis and data communications. The software development concentration focuses on advanced theoretical and applied skills that are essential in the development of computer software, including advanced mathematical skills, as well as a sound knowledge of computer systems hardware, computer programming and computter programming languages, and the variety of operating systems. The game programming concentration provides students with those advanced skills that are essential to enter the rapidly developing industry of game programming. These include mastery of object-oriented programming in several programming languages, windows programming in languages such as C++, Microsoft Direct X, windows graphics libraries, open graphics libraries, animation programming, video game design, physics game modeling, artificial intelligence, game engine development, and advanced mathematical skills.
All students in the computer and information sciences major are encouraged to consider minors in mathematics or business management. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to pursue internship opportunities through the Career Center in order to gain on-the-job experience.
In the computer systems seminar course, students enrich their knowledge of computer systems by pursuing areas of study such as advanced topics in database management systems, networking, computer architecture, programming languages, and artificial intelligence.
For more information about the computer and information sciences major, contact Dr. Peter Polito, chairperson of the Mathematics/Physics/ Computer Science Department, at (413) 748-3313 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.