Computer Science Department
The Computer Science Department offers three degrees.
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science
New! Dual Degree
B.A. in computer science-MSIS: An integrative dual degree is offered to computer science students who have completed 90 hours of undergraduate coursework with a 3.0 GPA. The result is the completion of a B.A. in computer science and a M.S. in information systems in five years or less.
Bachelor of Science degree in Software Development
The degrees are best differentiated by looking at the credit hours they entail. Besides the Liberal Arts and Bible courses required, the breakdown for each major is as follows:
|BS in Comp Sci||41||19||0|
|BA in Comp Sci||41||3||18 in a minor area|
|BS in Soft Dev||51-58||3-8||0|
A strong aptitude for math is required for the CS-BS and Soft Dev degrees. The CS-BA degree also requires good analytical and problem solving abilities, and success is often best predicted by strong math scores on standardized exams (e.g., SAT and ACT).
We have observed very little, if any, difference in the jobs available for these three options. However, students wishing to pursue graduate work in computer science are recommended to choose the BS-CS option since most graduate Comp Sci programs require the same math courses required in the BS-CS major.
Degrees offered by other departments that require Comp Sci courses:
Cybersecurity from the Information Systems Department requires 24 hours of CS credit. This degree is for students who want a career securing computer systems.
Data Science from the Math Department requires 21 hours of CS credit. This degree is for students who want a career applying mathematics and programming to uncover useful information from large amounts of data.
Computer Engineering from the Engineering and Physics Department requires 29 hours of CS credit. This degree is for students who have a dual interest in hardware and software design with an emphasis on embedded systems.
Information Systems (IS) from the Information Systems Department requires 3 hours of CS credit. This degree emphasizes using technology to solve business problems rather than developing algorithms and software.
B.A. in computer science-MSIS is an integrative accelerated dual degree offered to computer science students who have completed 90 hours of undergraduate coursework with a 3.0 GPA. The result is the completion of a B.A. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Information Systems in five years or less.