Computer Science

As part of the  new Computer Science program, students will 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science jobs 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.

Upon completion of the program, graduates 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

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

Worker Need in Region

A recent study commissioned by Bethel and conducted by STAMATS reported that our 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 have no trouble completing required internships and finding a job upon graduation.

proposed curriculum

Course number General Education Core Credits
COMM171 Speech Communication 3
ENGL101 Written Communication II 3
ENGL102 Written Communication III 3
PSYC182 General Psychology 3
SOC151 Principles of Sociology 3
BIBL215 Old Testament Literature 3
BIBL216 New Testament Literature 3
  Foreign Language 6
  History Elective 3
  Art/Drama/Music 3
  Literature 3
PHIL250 Introduction to Philosophy 3
THEO110 Exploring the Christian Faith 3
PHIL452 Senior Experience 1
KINE252 Fitness/Wellness 1
KINE117 On the Ball Training, or 1
KINE124 Aerobics, or  
KINE128 Physical Fitness, or  
KINE135 Weight Training  
MATH131 Calculus I 4
  Science with Lab (PHYS, CHEM) 4
  Total General Education Courses 53
     

 

Course number Major and Cognate Courses Credits
CSC110 Introduction to Computer Science 2
ITSC121 Programming 1 3
ITSC122 Programming 2 3
CSC2XX Data Structures and Algorithms 3
CSC2XX Programming Languages 3
CSC2XX Computer Architecture 3
CSC2XX Operating Systems 3
CSC3XX Software Engineering 3
CSC3XX Internship in Computer Science 1
CSC4XX Senior Seminar 2
CSC4XX Senior Project 2
MATH132 Calculus II 4
MATH210 Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH242 Linear Algebra an Diff. Equ. 4
MATH252 Probability and Statistics 3
Choose 9 hours 9
ART267 Web Design (3)
CSC Any CSC elective xx or above  
Total Major and Cognate Courses 51
Electives to complete the degree 16
Total 120