Computer Science

  • Business, Computer Science, and Engineering among Highest-Paid Majors

    The survey is based on data collected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers from 400,000 employers, gathered from government and private sources. Read more about the highest-paid degrees on The Wall Street Journal.

    • Graduates of Gannon's computer science program enjoy a 100 percent placement in either employment or graduate studies.
    • Nationally, more than one million systems-related professionals will be needed in the next 10 years according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Employment for computer science majors is expected to grow much faster than the average of all occupations.
    • Computer science professions are identified as a "high priority occupation" by the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.
    • Gannon's computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

    You Will Learn

    The computer science program provides the theory supporting innovation in the computing field. Majors in the field enjoy mathematics, tend to be highly logical thinkers and have the ability to concentrate on details. With this profile, computer scientists define and design new approaches and solutions to problems realized in hardware and software. Computer scientists create the science supporting the digital technology of the 21st century.

    The computer science (CS) major is designed to develop the analytical ability and expertise in computer usage, both in software creation and usage, which are necessary in the fields of science, technology and industry. In addition to the computer courses, the program provides a concentration of mathematics and physics courses, which are necessary for the development of scientific applications.

    The CS program is hosted by the computer and information science (CIS) department along with the related CIS majors of the computing and information fields: bioinformatics, information systems and software engineering. The program shares CIS facilities and courses with the related majors in the computing and information fields enabling participation in interdisciplinary and team- based projects that allow CS majors to work in situations that anticipate those that they will encounter in their chosen careers.

    You Will Experience

    Computer science majors benefit from internship experiences that complement their academic work. Opportunities for internships are available at local businesses and organizations including:

    • Erie Insurance
    • General Electric
    • UPMC Hamot Medical Center

    You Will Achieve

    Recent Gannon computer science graduates have secured employment at top organizations such as Bayer Corporation, Citizens Bank, Erie Insurance Group, General Electric and UPMC Hamot Medical Center. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • computer programmer
    • database administrator
    • network specialist
    • software developer
    • systems or application designer • telecommunication specialist

    You will Study

    The computer science program is hosted by the computer and information science (CIS) department, and shares CIS facilities and courses with related majors in the computing and information fields enabling participation in interdisciplinary and team-based projects. Computer science majors take various core and elective courses including:

    CIS 240: Web Management and Design

    The course aims at providing an introduction to the tools and knowledge necessary to design and manage a website on the Internet. Topics include servers and clients, HTML, CGI scripting, languages, business and ethical aspects of the web.

    CIS 315: Software Engineering

    This course provides an overview of software requirements analysis, the software design process, verification and validation, software maintenance, and documentation. The major emphasis of the course is a project that provides experience in the design and development of a significant software project.

    CIS 457 & CIS 458: Senior Design I & Senior Design II Lab

    These courses represent a year-long sequence of capstone project courses. A prototype system developed in the required capstone project gives computer science majors analysis, design and development experience through a team-based effort.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $59,800
    • Mid-career salary: $102,000

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale ( ;