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Bethel offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in computer science. The computer science major is a perfect starting place for many careers in software development. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science is for students interested in software development, (especially in more technical fields such as scientific computing) or who intend to continue on with a master's or doctorate degree. It includes a mathematics minor within the standard coursework.

Why should I study computer science?

The major in Computer Science prepares students for a career in software development.  Nearly every organization needs, and will continue to need, computer science graduates to manage their technical institutional resources such as servers and websites and to write custom software to implement the business rules of that organization and manage marketing databases.

And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, first-year salaries for students graduating with 4-year degrees in computer science are among the highest of any career. This has been our experience with our 100% placement of our Computer Science graduates and recent starting salaries from $60,000 to $95,000.

What can I do with this degree?

  • Information technology architect
  • Network architect
  • Data scientist, IT
  • Senior database administrator
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Technical account manager

Our graduates have gone on to study:

  • Computer science at the University of Minnesota
  • Biostatistics at the University of Michigan
  • Applied statistics and research methods

Visit our alumni page to see what our recent graduates have been doing.

What skills will I develop?

  • Computer architecture
  • Networking
  • Web development
  • Several major languages, including C/C++ and Java
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer graphics
  • Software engineering
  • Database systems
  • High-performance computing
  • Operating systems

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Semester-long projects in courses like Web Programming and Software Engineering
  • Competitions in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Membership in Bethel’s ACM chapter
  • Internships for academic credit or to earn income
  • Original research with faculty

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