Computer Science: Technical Applications, B.S.

Program Overview

Do you enjoy the challenge of solving problems, and have a knack for using technology to help you solve them? Do you like understanding complex systems? If so, you should consider a major in computer science with an emphasis in technical applications.

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 technical applications, you will gain the broader mathematical background often required by graduate programs or the defense and security industries.

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 systems engineering at Leidos, systems security at SPAWAR, and software engineering at General Atomics, 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 Science in computer science with an emphasis in technical applications can lead to careers in:

  • Academia
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Games and Simulations
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Programming
  • Cryptography
  • Cybersecurity
  • Database Administration
  • Information Assurance and Protection
  • Network Administration
  • Operations Research Analysis
  • System Security

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

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
Association for Computing Machinery

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