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Computer Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The Computer Science department at Salem State University offers a well-integrated curriculum for its majors and minors and a variety of courses in information technology.
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The department strives for excellence in providing students with a strong foundation in computer science and information technology concepts, processes, tools, and in preparing students to develop analytical, design and communication skills necessary to enter professional careers or graduate schools.

It must be pragmatic because of the rapid pace of technological change.   Not only computer professionals but also virtually everyone who is a more than casual user of computers is continually confronted with new tools to be learned and skills to be mastered.  Members of the technical cadre that produce all this technology for us are not exempt: they also must learn ever more rapidly evolving methodologies if they are to continue to contribute to the progress of the field.  These societal and professional growth needs require that a Computer Science curriculum undergo continual review and evolution.   Its graduates must be suitably equipped to “hit the ground running” - to begin performing productive work without extensive additional training.   Therefore, appropriate courses should include treatment of up-to-date and in-demand operating systems, languages, tools and applications - the pragmatic features of the discipline.

On the other hand, the education provided must be conceptual because any specific instance of pragmatic content may and probably will have a relatively short useful life.   Keeping up with the latest new tools and methods is done most effectively when the conceptual component of the undergraduate education has provided a strong base. New developments may then be understood not as isolated phenomena but as additions or changes within an already well-established broader framework.   The efforts and costs involved in acquiring new skills are lessened if the basic education has provided a sufficiently conceptual understanding of the field.

In order to achieve pragmatism and conceptuality simultaneously, computer science courses at Salem State University have been designed around fundamental ideas and application areas in the field (as indicated in the course titles). Concepts are presented through the medium of real, current examples, reviewed and updated frequently, in order to include the strong pragmatic flavor desired.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Survey of Computer Science I
  •  Survey of Computer Science II
  •  Software Design and Programming I
  •  Software Design and Programming II
  •  Data Structures and Algorithms
  •  Computer Architecture and Organization
  •  Software Engineering
  •  Operating System Principles
  •  Computer Science Capstone Project Specifications
  •  Computer Science Capstone Project

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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