Computer Science

Bachelor of Science

Be at the leading edge.

Technology is always evolving, but a degree in computer science will empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to stay on top of today’s tech world.

The Curriculum
Do more than write code

While being a programmer and writing code is an integral part of the computer science major, it’s far from the only thing you’ll study. Your classes will also cover key areas of the computing field, including:

  • Databases
  • Software engineering
  • Client/server model
  • Distributed processing
  • Networks
  • Algorithms
  • User interface design
  • Computer graphics
  • Language theory
Solve complex problems

You’ll learn to break down complicated processes into their individual parts, ultimately transforming those parts into working code. Learning this approach will also make you more adept at general problem solving.

Peel back the layers

You’ll examine computer system architecture at every level: hardware, operating system, software, and network. By understanding how these layered components function and interact, you’ll be better prepared to tackle projects of any scope.

Design software like a professional

Beyond the skills you’ll develop as an individual programmer, you’ll also learn how to collaborate effectively by working on group projects. When creating as part of a team, you’ll employ the same development lifecycle used in most professional environments.

Become a versatile programmer

Modern industries often use a mix of technology solutions, and you’ll need cross-platform experience in order to be successful. Our experimental networking lab will allow you to develop on different operating systems, giving you the necessary exposure to become a versatile developer.

Get hands-on experience in the field

Internship opportunities at companies such as Google, Intel, and Disney will give you invaluable hands-on experience working in the industry. One might even turn into a job offer!

You can also pursue a Masters in Information Technology degree through our School of Management, where you can choose to focus on cybersecurity, data analytics, or IT management.

The Experience
Computer Science major photo of student or faculty

The Computer Science program does a good job at focusing on generalized concepts of programming rather than a specific language. We’re taught to think in an object-oriented way, it’s really important to break things down and create small pieces of a large program. To write a program to work efficiently and accurately, you need good planning skills. The emphasis on good programming practices in this program is one of the biggest things that sets us up for success in both our classes and future careers.

Kali Hale '22

3D modeling is becoming more widespread and useful for different applications — my research explores how to make 3D modeling accessible to the general public.

Kevin Lee
Project: 3D Modeling With Consumer Technology
Your Future

Computer science majors are in demand. Our graduates enjoy a high rate of placement in both jobs and graduate schools. Due to the increasingly digital nature of our economy, you’ll find that your skills are needed in a wide variety of industries, giving you ample career choices.

Our alumni study at:
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University Northridge
  • Florida Polytechnic University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Washington State University
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
Our alumni work for:
  • Aerovironment, Inc
  • Amazon
  • Amgen
  • Bank of America
  • Big-O Tires
  • Cresendo Interactive
  • Disney
  • Guitar Center
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Northrop Grumman
  • OmniUpdate
  • Skyworks
  • Xerox
  • XYPro
  • Yardi Systems
Career paths:
  • College Webmaster
  • Database Specialist
  • Enterprise Manager
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Writer
  • Webmaster

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

More Career Outcomes
Palmer Chaplin

The Computer Science program taught me fundamental concepts in software engineering, computer architecture, networking, software development, and coding principles. I frequently use all of these skills in my current job at Amazon Web Services, where I help architect and build data structures for companies migrating to cloud based computing. Additionally, the program also taught me to be a self-sufficient researcher. This is a key skill to have at any level as it is important to learn and adapt as your job demands change.

Palmer Chaplin ’20

Cloud Practitioner