Computer Science Department
The Computer Science Department offers three degrees.
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science
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 CS programs require the same math courses required in the BS-CS major.
There are two other degrees offered by other departments which are related to the CS degree and require a number of CS hours:
- 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 problems in business rather than developing algorithms and software.