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Computer Science BA Major Guide

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The Computer Science major at St. Edward’s provides you with a strong foundation and technical knowledge. But it doesn’t stop there: You’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to projects and internships. You’ll be challenged to create solutions to multi-faceted problems using existing technologies and technological tinkering.

Our faculty members bring years of academic and industry experience and will guide you to creating and presenting professional-level work. You’ll graduate prepared to work across industries.

What do our graduates do?

Computer Science majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Become software engineers for companies like CDK Global, Khoros, Dun & Bradstreet and Duo Security
  • Worked as a product development specialist at Facebook
  • Been site reliability engineers for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Worked as software developers for companies like IBM and Dell
  • Gone onto graduate school at top-ranked programs, such as UT–Austin, Baylor University, Rice University, Purdue University, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Tech University and Manchester University

What Can You Do with a Computer Science Major?

Sophie Gairo ’17 shares how she used her Computer Science degree to land a job at Silicon Valley–based cloud computing as a software engineer. 

The Classroom and Beyond

As a Computer Science major, you’ll be part of a program known for strong job placement, especially within Austin’s vibrant tech scene. Get an edge by participating in research, internships and student organizations that build your skills.

Experiential Education

In Software Engineering, you’ll work on a large-scale team project — from specification and design, to implementation, to testing, evolution, maintenance and management. You’ll learn how to use industry-standard tools and communicate effectively with clients.

In Undergraduate Research and Development, you’ll research a computing problem; investigate a possible solution to the problem; and design, evolve, and articulate a solution.


Computer Science students have built their professional skills in the following internships. Several were extended full-time job offers afterward.

  • vSphere integrated containers internship at VMware
  • Technology internship at AIG Insurance
  • Digital technology leadership internship at GE
  • System validation engineer internship at NXP Semiconductors
  • Software engineer internship at Corva
  • Software engineering internship at dealership management software company CDK Global
  • Software development internship at Emerson Automation Solutions, which builds software for manufacturing and industrial plants

As a student in the Computer Science program you are afforded access to the funding programs, including paid internships, offered exclusively to STEM students at St. Edward’s University by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4). For more information on these programs please visit the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4).

The St. Edward’s Office of Information Technology hires students to work as support technicians. In this job, you can help students, faculty and staff with computer troubleshooting; maintain the computer labs; and set up software on new computers for employees. In addition to covering “Help desk” issues, you can specialize in networking or enterprise software and earn credentials like Google Cloud certification.


You’ll have the opportunity to conduct independent research and present your work at meetings like Consortium for Computing Sciences, the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers national convention.

Outstanding students can participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates, in which they join the lab of a professor at a major research university over a summer. These experiences help you decide if a career in research is right for you. A St. Edward’s Computer Science major recently secured an REU at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Software Research, where she worked with some of the top minds in the world — including Mary Shaw, who created the field of software architecture and was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama.

Student Organizations

The Computer Science Club helps students build their skills through events like Capture the Flag, a cybersecurity-focused programming competition.

The St. Edward’s Maker Club attracts tinkerers and programmers who have worked on projects involving 3-D printing, soldering, programming LED strips, and creating art through programming.

You can apply to join the Natural Sciences Living Learning Community your freshman year. Members of the LLC live together in the same residence hall and take a fall-semester science course together. They also arrive on campus before school begins to learn research tools and methodologies so they can join research projects early in their college career. LLC members participate in regular community dinners and recreational activities to relax and have fun together.