The Department of Computer Science offers a major program of study in three areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science with Business
  • Computer Science with Mathematics

Our degree programs prepare students to work effectively in industry and government jobs, and to enter graduate programs.

Students are introduced to the basics of operating systems and computer architecture, along with the fundamental concepts of data structures and the algorithms that proceed from them. In addition to examining the basic fundamental components found in a computer, emphasis is placed on designing and executing functional computing platforms.

Our students have the opportunity to practice conceptual theory in our labs and in the community. All students benefit from one-on-one interaction with our faculty, while many students take advantage of our extensive network of internship opportunities.

The Computer Science Department participates in three minors: Computer Science Minor, Web Design Minor, and Computational Physical Science Minor.

Refer to the Online College Catalogue for more information, including course descriptions.

Student Opportunities

Students within the Department of Computer Science can participate in several clubs and activities related to course studies and research. The college offers additional opportunities for engagement. And if you don't see a club or activity that meets your interest, start one.

  • Gaming Association

    The Saint Anselm Gaming Association (SAGA) is an association of students who have an interest in a variety of games, including computer games, video games, role playing games, board games, strategy games, and collectable card games. Strategic sports such as laser tag and paintball are also included. The association hosts tournaments, fairs, competitions, and conventions.

  • HawkNet

    Computer Science majors are well positioned to seek student employment with HawkNet, Saint Anselm's information technology customer support program. HawkNet offers student employees flexible hours and hands-on experience while working in teams to help solve IT issues for on-campus users. HawkNet offers great resume experience, structured training, student leadership positions, flexible hours, good pay, and a fun-working environment.

Facilities

The Computer Science Department maintains its own computing facilities for its students and faculty. Electronic door locks control access to these computer rooms in the department. Access is controlled by the college identification card-swipe system. The Computer Science Department has a separate domain (network) called the "CSLAB". All the computers in the CSLAB domain are available for use by everyone with an account on this domain. All CS majors/minors or any student who takes a Computer Science course can request an account (username/password). There is a Linux authentication and file server. The name of this server is "Athena". The student can store their personal files, assignments either on "Athena" or on multiple network attached storage devices.

All the computers have internet access. Wireless internet access is available throughout Poisson Hall which houses the Computer Science Department.

  • Room 115, Poisson Hall

    This is the C.S. Major Center where you will find most of the CS student hanging out or busy doing their assignments. This lab contains 12 Dell desktops installed with 32 bit native Windows XP Operating System. These computers also have CentOS Linux and Windows 7 are available as virtual machines using VMware virtualization software. The computers are configured with all the software needed for Computer Science courses. Students can bring their personal laptop and work here too. A network printer is available for use with all the computers and students use it frequently to print their assignments and reading material. The lab also has a scanner. A work table equipped with paper cutter, tape dispenser, and stapler is available to students.

  • Room 108, Poisson Hall

    Most of the Computer Science classes take place in this room. This is a classroom with 16 Dell Laptops, 2 blackboards, audio/video equipment and an overhead projector. The network printer in Room 115 can be accessed by all the laptops and students can use the printer from this classroom.

  • Classroom A, Poisson Hall

    This classroom has 30 Dell workstations, an overhead projector and a blackboard. The 30 computers are configured with Windows 7 Professional operating system and all the software required by the students. There is a printer in the room which can be accessed from all the computers in the room.

​Internships, Careers, and Graduate School

  • Internships

    The Computer Science Department hosts its own internship program. Computer Science majors have the option to pursue internships through the Computer Science Department or the internship office. Students who obtain internships through the Computer Science Department earn computer science credit. For details on internships through the Internship Office, please see their webpage.

  • Careers

    Our curriculum prepares graduates to obtain career placements across the computer science industry. Our graduates are well positioned to pursue careers ranging from system and software development to web design. Graduates have gone on to accept jobs at FidelityDEKA, Chordiant (now Pega Systems), NTP SoftwareMeditechEktron, and Saint Anselm College.

  • Graduate School

    In recent years, Saint Anselm graduates have been accepted at some of the best graduate schools in the United States and have been awarded scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research positions. The Office of Academic Advisement is available to assist your pursuit of graduate studies.

Grants and Awards

  • Enhancing Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education Learning Communities

    Enhancing Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education Learning Communities: This grant is awarded by New Hampshire EPSCoR to projects contributing to enhancing inclusive excellence for New Hampshire Communities Initiative by creating a STEM project targeted at refugee, immigrant and underrepresented high school freshman. The STEM unit will expand the offerings of the Access Academy at Saint Anselm College, a program that engages refugee, immigrant and underrepresented high school youth in semester-long campus experiences which promote school success and prepare students for college.

    The freshman year STEM project involves Biodiversity Mapping Project using GPS technology to capture and record wildlife and plant life in a biodiverse wetland area using Google Earth to develop a biodiversity map of the Avery Brook Watershed in Francestown, NH. The sophomore year experience will be a Computational Approach to Problem Solving. The project will forge new partnerships between Saint Anselm College, a local high school, and the property owners and conservation volunteers associated with the Avery Brook Watershed. As the project grows, it is hoped that we will expand to draw students from more local high schools, and to create partnerships with local science and technology companies and other environmental sites.

    Co-Investigators:

    • Carol Traynor, Sc.D.
    • Rajesh Prasad, Ph.D.
  • Improved Environmental Education at Saint Anselm College through Service Learning and Community Partnerships

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sub grant for "Improved Environmental Education at Saint Anselm College through Service Learning and Community Partnerships". This grant is through Northern New England Campus Compact (NNECC) and the EPA to prepare college students for a lifetime of environmental stewardship and change systems and processes on campus to better support environmental education. (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

    Project Manager

    • Rajesh Prasad, Ph.D.

    Co-Investigators:

    • Barry Wicklow, Ph.D.
    • Carol Traynor, Sc.D.
    • MaryKate Donais, Ph.D.
    • Nicole Eyet, Ph.D.
  • NSF/TCPP Early Adopter Proposal at Saint Anselm College

    NSF/TCPP Early Adopter Proposal at Saint Anselm College: The grant is for the integration of Distributed and Parallel Computing concepts spread over three courses in the Computer Science Department: Computer Architecture (CS 220), Data Structures and Algorithms (CS 213), and Computer Networks (CS 230). (Fall 2012)

    Principal Investigator:

    • Rajesh Prasad, Ph.D.

Student Awards

  • Father Ralph Cinque Award

    Father Ralph Cinque Award
    The faculty of the Computer Science Department established the Father Ralph Cinque Award in memory of Father Ralph, a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey who was instrumental in initiating the Computer Science program at the College. The award is given to a student majoring in Computer Science who has distinguished himself or herself through a combination of academic achievement and service to the department.

    Recipients of the Fr. Ralph Cinque, O.S.B. Award in computer science:

    • 2015 - Domingos Neves
    • 2014 - Emily Dutile
    • 2013 - Erin Boudreau
    • 2011 - Jonathan Arsenault
    • 2010 - Michael Torra
    • 2009 - Christopher Orlandella
  • CCSCNE 2015

    Saint Anselm College tied for 2nd Prize at the CCSCNE 2015 Programming Contest on April 17, 2015 at College of the Holy Cross, Mass.

    The participating team consisted of three computer science students: Long Nguyen '16, Duong Do '16, and Edmund Dawes '16, with advisor Dr. Mihaela Malita.

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  • CCSCNE 2014

    Saint Anselm College won the 3rd Prize at the CCSCNE 2014 Programming Contest on April 25, 2014 at Providence College, RI.

    The participating team consisted of three computer science students:

    Long Nguyen '16, Duong Do '16, and Christopher Batista '17 (pictured

    here), with advisor Dr. Mihaela Malita.

Spotlight on Alumni

  • Developing Innovative Web Tools - Jonathan O'Reilly, Class of '13
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    Jonathan O'Reilly

    Creating an e-reader application or a predictive personalized algorithm are all in a day's work for Web developer, Jonathon O'Reilly, of the class of 2013.

    The math major, computer science minor, works at Christianbooks.com where he was hired upon completing an internship with the organization the spring semester of his senior year.

    Christianbook.com is an online Christian book distribution company that sells books, e-books, music, and more. It is the largest religious catalog company in the world, sending out more than 65 mailings of unique catalogs to millions of customers each year. The Boston Globe named the local organization the fifth best place to work in 2011 and the 14th in 2012.

    On campus, Jon was captain of the men's lacrosse team and named Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was named to the Dean's List six times, inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Student Athlete Honor Society, and a member of Saint Anselm College's TAU Chapter of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society.

    He won the Paul S. Coleman Service Award for the athletic department in 2012 and was also a Presidential Scholarship recipient.

    He was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, an altar server at the Abbey Church, a New Student Orientation Leader, and worked in the Academic Resource Center Tutor and Mentor Program.

students studying on the quad

Summer School 2018

Saint Anselm College offers both online and on-campus courses for two to four credits, and eight sessions between May 21 and August 21. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

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