Along with having teachers dedicated to teaching, we have small class sizes. This means that you get the individual attention needed to learn and fully understand the material. It gives you more time with the instructors and more access to the tools you need. What's more, you will have the chance to really stand out, not get lost in the crowd.
Our classes have a mix of traditional, college aged students and older, non-traditional students who are usually working in a related field while attending classes. The traditional students bring energy and an awareness of the latest trends. The non-traditional students bring experience and employment contacts. Working together, all the students benefit.
Our university has a mission to make the world a better place. That shows up in our Computer Science program. You want your education to count for something in the real world, and we want to help you do that. For this reason, it is important that you learn to connect your computing to solving real world problems.
Part of connecting your computer science to the world is learning how to use your strengths to help others solve problems. That's why, whenever we can, we like to use CS projects to help the other departments on campus. This type of activity gives you valuable skills and experience in developing computing solutions for people, even if you start off not knowing anything about their subject.
We also encourage our CS students to help charitable organizations and others who need help with their computing needs. It may just be building a web site or setting up a computer. You get experience and you help someone at the same time.
We try to maintain a good working relationship with local employers. This is important for two reasons. First, it helps us keep an eye on trends in the technology industry. Second, it encourages them to hire Mount Mercy graduates and offer internships to our current students.
CS and MIS students get access to job listings related to the computer industry. These listings include full –time, part-time, and intern positions. The university's Career Services department can help too.