Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Computer Science

Siena’s computer science program features hands-on experience through group projects, labs, internships and one-on-one interaction with professors. You can concentrate on specific areas like software engineering and information systems, or sample a bit of everything. From robotics and web design to programming, you’ll have access to great career opportunities with starting salaries among the highest for bachelor degree graduates.

​Program Highlights

  • The Computer Science Department at Siena is one the largest at any liberal arts college.
  • 14 full-time faculty experts specializing in areas such as databases, computer graphics, robotics, artificial intelligence and web application development.
  • Students can concentrate coursework in specific career areas or take a broad array of different CS courses to prepare for graduate study.
  • Student-centered labs, which are capped at 16 students.
  • Independent study courses with faculty mentors.
  • Paid internship and summer research opportunities.
  • Regional and national conference attendance.
  • Project-based software design and development capstone course.
  • Student clubs: Association for Computing Machinery student chapter and Women in Computer Science.
  • Preparation for careers such as software engineer/developer, project manager, Java developer, application security engineer, web/mobile application developer, web design specialist, database administrator, information technology specialist, web design consultant, data analyst, quality assurance engineer and business intelligence developer.

Success Stats

  • 100% of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school
  • 40% of students participate in an independent study or research project
  • 57% complete at least one internship for credit
  • 45% of faculty are female vs. the national average of 15%
  • The freshman retention rate is 96%
  • Siena is one of two colleges nationally to offer the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Experience funded by the National Science Foundation. Students receive a $5,000 stipend along with full room and board during the summer.

Recent Internship Sites

  • 3M
  • Albany Crime Analysis Center
  • BOCES
  • Credit Suisse
  • Doctored Apps
  • Ernst Information Systems
  • Google
  • New York State Office of Information Technology
  • New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
  • New York State Senate IT Department
  • Pitney Bowes

Employers of our Graduates

  • Amazon
  • Bank of America
  • CDPHP
  • Cisco
  • ESPN
  • GE
  • IBM
  • Key Bank
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MetLife
  • National Hockey League
  • rewardStyle
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Transfinder
  • Vanguard
  • Xerox

Job Titles of Recent Graduates

  • Application Team Lead
  • Associate Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Database Administrator
  • Developer
  • Director of Product Management
  • Director of Software Engineering
  • IT Engineer
  • Lead Technician
  • Programmer
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Technical Consultant
  • Senior Security Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Web and Mobile Developer

Computer Science Department

Our Computer Science Department emphasizes hands-on computing in small classes where laboratory experiences, one-on-one interaction and group projects are essential to learning. Our goal is to develop your critical thinking and communication skills, preparing you to solve real-world problems in business, science and society.

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Career Opportunities

Computer and Information Systems Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Job titles include: Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Systems Director (IS Director), Data Processing Manager, MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director), Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor), Computing Services Director, Director of Application Development and Technical Services Manager.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $120,950 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Software Developers, Systems Software, research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Job titles include: Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Systems Coordinator and Systems Engineer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $99,000 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21%(faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Job titles include: Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Systems Engineer, Network Manager and Network Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $72,560 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Systems Analysts analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Job titles include: Systems Analyst, Programmer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Computer Analyst, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Applications Analyst, Business Analyst, Systems Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $79,680 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Web Developers design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content. Job titles include: Webmaster, Web Designer and Web Developer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $62,500 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Programmers create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Job titles include: Programmer Analyst, Programmer, Analyst Programmer, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer and Web Programmer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,280 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Information Security Analysts plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Job titles include: Information Technology Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Officer, Computer Specialist, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Information Security Manager and Information Technology Security Analyst.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $86,170 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022

Database Administrators Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Job titles include: Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Administration Manager, Database Coordinator, Database Programmer, Information Systems Manager, Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director), Programmer Analyst, Systems Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $77,080 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Computer and Information Research Scientists conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Job titles include: Computer Scientist, Control System Computer Scientist, Scientific Programmer Analyst

Wages:

The median annual wage was $102,190 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 15-21% growth (fast than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Software Developers, Applications, develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Job titles include: Software Engineer, Application Integration Engineer, Programmer Analyst, Software Development Engineer, Computer Consultant, Software Architect, Software Developer, Technical Consultant, Applications Developer and Business Systems Analyst.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $90,060 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Information Technology Project Managers plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

Job titles include: IT Manager, IT Project Manager, Manager of IT, Program Manager, Project Manager, Project Manager/Team Coach, Senior Lead Project Manager, Senior Project Leader/Team Lead, Technical Project Lead (Project Manager), Transition Program Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $81,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions. Job titles include: Systems Engineer, Electronic Data Interchange System Developer (EDI System Developer) and System Architect.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $81,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Science Professors teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Instructor, Computer Science Professor, Computer Information Systems Instructor (CIS Instructor), Information Technology Instructor (IT Instructor), Computer Science Instructor, Faculty Member, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Assistant Professor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $72,200 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Technology is one of the most pervasive forces in our society today – we use it both to connect and detach, to save time and to waste it – so we’re especially dependent on those who make their living by creating, powering and supporting our electronics and information systems.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the information technology industry is expected to grow 47% by 2020.

Business Intelligence Analysts produce financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating periodic reports. Devise methods for identifying data patterns and trends in available information sources.

Job titles include: Business Intelligence Analyst; Business Intelligence Manager; Commercial Intelligence Manager; Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Consultant, Strategic Business and Technology Intelligence; Director of Enterprise Strategy; Director of Market Intelligence; Director, Global Intelligence; Intelligence Analyst; Manager, Market Intelligence

Wages:

The median annual wage was $67,650 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.