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.  They learn skills used to make a difference in such areas as Medicine, Mathematics, Science, Business, Communications and Linguistics.

How is the emphasis in Software Engineering different?

The focus of software engineering still includes many of the skills in computer science, but the focus is shifted to the design, implementation and maintenance of software for applications.  For example, software engineers are interested in how you would effectively design and create software to meet the needs of a business.

A Computer Science major can lead to careers in

  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Administration
  • Systems Analysis
  • Computer Programming
  • Operations Research Analysis
  • Computer Sales and Service
  • Network Administration
  • Academia
  • Cryptography
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Bioinformatics

Degree Requirements

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Student Research

The faculty members conduct research with current upper division students.  Recent topics have included artificial intelligence, hardware simulations, internet applications, computational neuroscience, and constraint-guided scheduling.

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 student's 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?!"