Computer Science: Software Engineering Major

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is problem solving using computers.  Computer Science Majors learn how computers work, from the underlying electronics to the use of high level application programs.  In addition, they learn how to design software to perform tasks and provide services.  Computer Scientists are often the creative force behind computer games, robots and interactive graphics.  Students who choose the Software Engineering emphasis will receive more extensive exposure to the QA and project management competencies so often requested by software engineering companies.

A Computer Science: Software Engineering Major can lead to careers in

  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Administration
  • Systems Analysis
  • Computer Programming
  • Operations Research Analysis
  • Computer Sales and Service
  • Mobile Applications
  • Academia
  • Software Project Management
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Bioinformatics
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Computer Games and Simulations

Degree Requirements

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Student Research

The faculty members conduct research with current upper division students.  Recent topics have included artificial intelligence, cryptography, data analysis, computational neuroscience, and computational biology.  In addition, many students have completed summer internships at companies such as Qualcomm, ViaSat, SAIC, and SPAWAR.

What our students are saying

"The best thing about being a Computer Science major is that we learn technical skills, competency, and how to think logically, which are integral to the job market of the future."

"I get to do what I used to do as a hobby."

"At PLNU we are taught in small classes by professors who know their field very well and care about the students' understanding of the topics."

"The Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences Department at PLNU provides great connections with people in industry and alumni to help with our future careers."

"Where else but PLNU can you code a program outdoors and enjoy sunny skies with 70 degree temperatures late November?!"