Computer Science: Software Engineering, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you fascinated by the intricacies and abilities of software? Do you enjoy the challenge of identifying and solving technological problems? Would you like a future building the software tools that help others change the world? If so, you should consider a major in computer science with an emphasis in software engineering.

PLNU computer science majors learn how computers work, from the underlying hardware 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. With an emphasis in software engineering, you will receive more extensive exposure to the quality assurance and project management competencies so often requested by software engineering companies.

PLNU offers a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science with an emphasis in software engineering. If you are interested in more flexibility, the B.A. provides more space in your schedule for a dual major, and depending on the choice of your second major, opens the door to careers such as teaching, ministry, law, or medicine.

The Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences (MICS) is committed to working with you to help you discover who you are called to be. As a computer science major at PLNU, you will be immersed in a curriculum that not only allows you to gain the broad knowledge of your discipline, but also aims to help you develop the characteristics necessary to be an effective member of the communities where you work and live. As a graduate, you will be prepared to serve our complex world through your technical and professional abilities. All of this and more will be available to you in a collaborative and supportive environment of students and faculty alike.

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

Over the course of the last half century, computers have become an essential part of modern society. Because technology is constantly evolving, our world cannot function without the expertise of computer scientists. A degree in computer science secures a path toward a multitude of careers and industries, places where problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are valued assets. PLNU computer science alumni have found success in the workforce through project management at Qualcomm and software engineering at Trellisware and ViaSat, just to name a few.

“If it wasn't for PLNU, I wouldn't have had the experience of serving those in a third world country. Point Loma turned my dreams into a reality.”

Katelyn Ortiz, Class of 2016
Information Technology Specialist, Campbell Hall Episcopal

A Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science with an emphasis in software engineering can lead to careers in:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Sales and Service
  • Database Administration
  • Law (Double Major in History or Political Science)
  • Medicine (Double Major in Biology or Biochemistry)
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Teaching (Double Major in Mathematics)

For more information about careers in computer science, please visit:

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
Association for Computing Machinery

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