The computer and information sciences major Springfield College is a professional program that includes a set of core requirements and a choice of one of three required concentrations: software development, internet and network security, or systems management, respectively.
The software development concentration focuses on skills that are essential in the development of application software, including software engineering skills for game programming such as object-oriented programming in several programming languages, Windows programming, DirectX and open graphics libraries, animation programming, and game engine development.
The internet and network security concentration provide students with the necessary skills to work as Internet and network security specialists in either the private business sector or in the government sector. Possible jobs upon graduation include network administrator, internet network security specialist, and computer system security specialist. Students who choose this concentration are well prepared to seek variety of network certifications. Springfield College is working collaboratively with Springfield Technical Community College in the delivery of the curriculum for the internet and network security concentration.
The systems management concentration focuses on the essential technical skills for the business enterprise, including systems analysis and design, advanced database development and management, and essential business management skills including business communications.
All students in the computer and information sciences major are encouraged to consider minors in mathematics or business management. Those students who are pursuing the software development concentration and are interested in learning more about 3-D animation from a digital artist’s perspective are strongly encouraged to consider a minor in 3-D animation offered through the Visual and Performing Arts Department. In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to pursue internship opportunities through the Career Center in order to gain on-the-job experience.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Computer and Information Sciences
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
For more information about the computer and information sciences major, contact Dr. Andrew Perry, chairperson of the Mathematics/Physics/ Computer Science Department, at (413) 748-3193 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)
The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.
For specific requirements, see the General Education Program (40 - 46 credits) section.
IV. Advanced Standing and Program Standards
In order to continue in the computer and information sciences major, students must qualify for advanced standing during the spring semester of their sophomore year, prior to registration for junior-level classes. In order to qualify for advanced standing as a computer and information sciences major, students must:
- Achieve at least a 2.500 cumulative GPA.
- Achieve at least a 2.500 GPA in their program requirements.
- Complete all program requirements with a grade of C- or better. Courses in which unsatisfactory grades were received must be repeated.
- Be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their program of study, as determined by the academic advisor and the department.
- Have completed, or be in the process of completing, any program requirements in which an incomplete was received. (Incomplete grades in program requirements must be completed by the end of the semester following the receipt of the incomplete, unless an extended deadline has been negotiated.)
Students who do not meet these minimum standards are placed on departmental probationary status for a period of not more than one year. A student will be removed from departmental probationary status if and only if the minimum standards for advanced standing have been met. A student who is unable to meet the minimum standards during the probationary period will be subject to being dropped from the major. Once achieved, advanced standing must be maintained in order to continue in the major and complete the program.