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Math and Computer Science

Math and computer science is about more than algorithms. It’s about solving the problems of everyday life.

Our Department of Math and Computer Science provides in-demand skills in the mathematics and computer science arenas. Our programs prepare leaders to serve God in ever-changing career fields, as computing technology and the use of mathematics continue to reinvent many areas of life.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Computer Engineering Major
Computer Science Minor Minor
Computer Science (B.A.) Major
Computer Science (B.S.) Major
Math Education 5-12 Major
Mathematics Major Minor
Mathematics and Data Science (B.S.) Major
Software Engineering Major
Software Project Management Major

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Professional Preparedness with Integrity

The Department of Math and Computer Science prepares students for the challenges and rewards of math and computer science careers. Theoretical and practical courses will teach you how to use mathematics as a daily tool and paradigm for thought. Our students and graduates are known for their preparedness and integrity; employers have told us that our new graduates enter their careers with the skill level of those who've worked in the field for 2 years. If you're interested in teaching in high schools, our B.A. in Mathematics with Secondary Licensure is a full math major with licensure added so that you're prepared more completely and have more career options, including teaching advanced placement courses. Here at Bethel, our math and computer science programs are about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things–in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.


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Program Highlights

High job placement rates

Our graduates enjoy very high job placement rates soon after commencement in a variety of fields. Employers look for Bethel grads!

Research opportunities

Students and faculty collaborate on funded research projects in growing fields like computer graphics, artificial intelligence, statistics, discrete math, signal processing, and robotics. Students also participate on projects in partnership with local companies.

Top test scores

Our students score in the top 10% on nationally normed tests for math and computer science and on exams to license middle and high school math teachers.

Strong team rankings

Bethel teams competing in the international Contest in Mathematical Modeling (COMAP MCM) have ranked in the 10 teams with a ranking of "Outstanding Winner" five times since 2001, most recently in 2015 when they competed against 7,636 teams from 17 countries. 

Preparation for graduate work

Graduates who go on for advanced degrees report being well-prepared for the rigors of graduate school.

Student activities and study abroad

We have active student organizations such as Sigma Zeta and the student chapter of the Mathematics Association of America. Math education majors can also choose from a wide range of study abroad options.

Work experience and service learning

We get students out of the classroom to be peer tutors, student graders, or workers in Bethel's own Information Technology Services. Students also participate in Bethel-sponsored service learning programs, including tutoring K-12 students.

What can I do with a math or computer science degree?

Math and computer science students prepare for graduate programs and professional careers in a number of fields ranging from actuarial science to software engineering.


Our math graduates are:

  • Actuaries
  • Web designers
  • University professors
  • Cryptologists
  • Software engineers
  • Middle or high school teachers
  • Operations research analysts
  • Systems administrators
  • Statisticians
  • Computer forensics specialists
  • Financial analysts
  • Missions
  • Coaches
  • Administrators

Our computer science graduates are:

  • Web designers
  • Systems administrators
  • Computer forensics analysts
  • University professors
  • Statisticians
  • Cryptologists
  • Software engineers
  • Financial analysts

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Colorado
  • University of Arizona
  • Bethel University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • University of California, Riverside

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Actuarial science
  • High energy physics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Computer graphics
  • Mathematics education
  • Biostatistics
  • Industrial and operations engineering
  • Industrial and systems engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • Applied statistics and research methods
  • Educational leadership
  • Educational policy and administration
  • High energy physics