Computer Science

Offered as a major (B.S.) and a minor

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
  • e-Commerce
  • Software engineering
  • Web design
  • Client/server model
  • Distributed processing
  • Networks
  • Algorithms
  • User interface design
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!

Programs

Offered as a major (B.S.) and a minor


Concentration Options
  • Certificate in Information Technology

Popular Minor Pairings


The Experience
Computer Science major photo of student or faculty

My research focuses on a piece of software called HyperTxt, an HTML pre-processor. HTML is the language all websites are written in, and since its creation in 1989, it has seen little change in contrast to the way that the web has evolved. HyperTxt hopes to change this by making HTML more powerful and adding on features that other web tools offer.

Romello Goodman '16

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Putting something together and making stuff is the ultimate problem-solving puzzle experiment. It's the trial and error that's the fun part. My first programming course was with Dr. Reinhart, and he realized that I was very interested in programming.

Damian Mirizzi '18
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 State University Northridge
  • Florida Polytechnic University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
They work for:
  • Amgen
  • Bank of America
  • Daily News
  • Disney
  • Guitar Center
  • IBM
  • MGM
  • Northrop Grumman
  • OmniUpdate
  • Xerox
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

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