The Computer Science department began offering courses in January 1982. I joined the department in September of that year. Our first graduating class consisted of eight seniors in 1985, and our thirteen majors, who graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in 1986, belong to the first class to declare Computer Science (CS) as their major concentration upon enrolling at St. Mike's.
Most Computer Science classes have at most 24 students in them (usually only CS111), and most numbered 200 and above have between 5 and 15 students. It is very easy for the CS faculty to get to know our majors and minors, and it is also easy for them to get to know us. We encourage interaction inside and outside of the classroom, and our office hours are used to correct student misunderstandings as well as answer questions about job opportunities, career paths, etc.
In May of 2000, the 100th, 101st, and 102nd CS majors received their diplomas from SMC president Marc vanderHeyden. An average of about 7 students graduate each year with a BS in CS, and about 4 more students minor in CS. Our majors have found employment at quite a number of companies, in a wide variety of cities, while others have acquired advanced degrees, most of them being a Masters in CS, with one completing a PhD in Information Science. (The list of graduate degrees earned by our majors either on a full-time, or part-time, basis.)