What will I learn?

The BA in Computer Science program supports the mission of the University by providing a flexible curriculum focusing on the advanced practices of computer science grounded in a strong liberal arts core curriculum. Students have the flexibility to choose a wider range of elective courses, which can also allow them to pursue a variety of minors or even double majors (such as the Computer Science / Mathematics double major). Students may obtain a concentration in Computer Engineering or Software Engineering.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what alumni do within a few years following graduation. The BA in Computer Science program is committed to our alumni who, within a few years of their graduation, are expected to:

  • Be employed in fields of computer science.
  • Continue the process of life-long learning through formal and informal education.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Practice professional ethics with social responsibility.

The program emphasizes the complete development of computing-based solutions. Students learn how to gather requirements, design, develop, test, deploy, and maintain software using rigorous computing practices. They are taught how to leverage technology to create flexible and scalable applications and to address the challenges that arise during the development process. Also, the program exposes students to a range of other disciplines, such as the physical sciences, social sciences, languages and literature, and the arts, so they gain a broad understanding of the computer science environment.

Fairfield’s computer science curriculum encompasses a truly unique combination of experiences:

Experiential Hands-On Learning: A unique curriculum guarantees computer science students the equivalent of 20 months of real-world experience through a sophomore year service-learning initiative, a junior year entrepreneurial experience, and an industry-based senior capstone project.

Cross-Disciplinary Engineering Exposure: As part of the School of Engineering, computer science students have access to other engineering disciplines and engineering-heavy industries, which expands career opportunities exponentially.

Student Mentoring: By volunteering as high school mentors, students learn valuable management skills, they become comfortable explaining highly technical concepts simply and clearly, and they experience the satisfaction of sharing their knowledge to help others.

Liberal Arts Core: A strong foundation in the liberal arts encourages engineers to think critically, design imaginatively, communicate clearly and collaborate productively.

Academic/Research Activities and Internship: Companies from a variety of domains, such as The Weather Company (visualization), Servo-Robot (artificial intelligence and user interface design), Federal Aviation Administration (software engineering and data mining), Saugatuck Energy (artificial intelligence) have an on-campus presence and provide computer science students opportunities to interact with industry leaders.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (122 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$49,080.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

School of Engineering

1073 North Benson Road,

FAIRFIELD,

Connecticut,

6824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successful completion of secondary education.

For international students

Students are required to complete secondary education or equivalent

English Language scores - IELTS, a minimum score of a 6.5 is required; minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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