Computer Science

Our Program & Environment

The Computer Science program at Bethel University offers students opportunities to attend national conferences, such as the International Conference on Supercomputing and the Federated Computing Research Conference, and participate in competitions such as the International Collegiate Programming Contest through the East Central North America Regional Contest.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is primarily an on-ground program at our Mishawaka, Ind., campus, designed for traditional students interested in the areas of technology and software development. If you want to be prepared to innovate, design, and build computing systems at tech-drive companies, enroll in our program today!

Upon completion of the program, graduates with a computer science degree should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer science content knowledge in the areas of discrete structures, programming, algorithms, systems and software engineering.;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing and debugging programs in a variety of languages (including C++, Java, Python, and Visual Basic);
  • Design, implement, and optimize computer systems to solve industry-based problems; and
  • Articulate the relevance and impact of a Christian world view in addressing current issues in computer technology.

Career opportunities:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for computer science majors are expected to grow much faster than average over the next 10 years. For example, software developer jobs are projected to increase by 24 percent, with a median pay of more than $100,000 per year. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics site for other jobs and details.

Job possibilities include:

  • Software development
  • Database Administration
  • Computer Systems Management & Analysis
  • Computer Network Management
  • Web Development
  • Computer Programming
  • Information Security

Worker need in this region:

A recent study commissioned by Bethel and conducted by STAMATS (a marketing research firm) reported that the South Bend/Mishawaka region has a deficit of workers to fill jobs in this field, despite 227 percent growth in Computer Science degrees awarded locally over the past five years.

With a high demand for interns in our area, students will be able to complete required internships and have job options upon graduation.