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Computer Science (BS)


At SVSU, the world of coding doesn’t have to be a daunting one. From basic calculus and linear algebra to professional ethics and 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

  • Students have opportunities to study abroad in locations such as Nepal, South Africa, Germany, Argentina and etc.

  • Students at SVSU have external learning opportunities through participating in internships, co-ops, externships and field placements.

  • SVSU has award-winning, accomplished faculty members who are scholars in their perspective fields and active conductors of research. 

  • SVSU features residential, academic, social, athletic and fraternal clubs, events, programs and organizations of all kinds for students to participate in and enjoy.

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.

Core Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Beyond The Books

  • 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...


SeeIt Solutions
HCL Technologies
Ford Motor Company
Frankenmuth Insurance
DevOps Engineer / Architect
The Dow Chemical Company

Graduate Programs

Saginaw Valley State University

Career Opportunities

SAP MII Consultant
Product Planning
Application Developer
DevOps Engineer / Architect
Business Process Analyst

Cardinal Successes

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

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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.