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Computer Science (BS)


At SVSU, the world of computer programming doesn’t have to be a daunting one. From matrix algebra to professional ethics and computer algorithms—students will develop both an analytic thinking and technical skills mindset that's needed for success. Combining abstraction with practicality, the SVSU Computer Science program equips students with skills in mathematics, software design and computing-related topics. With a low student-to-faculty ratio and high job placement for SVSU graduates, students develop strong relationships with their professors and gain real-world experience. The Computer Science program is an exemplary study of how to efficiently solve computing problems while also being able to provide innovative services with enthusiasm and professional integrity. In the end, there's no dispute—Cardinals love to compute! 

Cardinal Points

  • One of two universities in Michigan that won a competitive bid against thousands of other applications to provide Google-funded outreach to community middle schools.

  • Students are highly ranked nationally via the online programming contest platform, Kattis.

  • SVSU students have a strong presence in the prestigious International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC).  

  • The hardware in the computer labs are refreshed every three years to ensure that students have the most current versions of both commercial and open source software available.

The computer science curriculum at SVSU includes basic calculus and linear algebra, with courses in professional ethics and training in information systems as well as a concentrated focus in operating systems, database systems, algorithms and computer networks. Content ranges from programming theory to its many applications.

Highlighted Courses

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Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

  • 8.1% projected growth for the employment of computer science teachers through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $82,220 is the median yearly pay for a computer science teacher in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Computer Science program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers in healthcare, education, hardware manufacturing, software development and more. Some choose to work for regional businesses and some take positions at globally renowned companies like Dow, IBM and Microsoft.

Our Students After Graduation...


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HCL Technologies
Ford Motor Company
Frankenmuth Insurance
DevOps Engineer / Architect
The Dow Chemical Company
General Motors
Auto-Owners Insurance
Microsoft Corporation
Covenant Healthcare
Rehmann Group

Graduate Programs

Saginaw Valley State University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan

Career Opportunities

System Administration Analyst
Software Engineer
Database Administrator
Network Analyst
Application Developer
DevOps Engineer / Architect
Data Engineer

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how SVSU students have turned their education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Dustyn Tubbs

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.