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Degree Programs

The Department of Computer Science offers majors and minors in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity. Not sure which one is right for you? Read our information for Prospective Students.

Computer Science

The Computer Science major prepares students for the pursuit of a graduate degree in computer science or computer engineering. The primary study objectives for computer science majors are:

  • Design and implementation of software.
  • Use of the computer as a problem-solving tool.
  • Understanding how the computer works.
  • Current directions and limitations in technology.

For additional information, read more about the Computer Science major, take a look at what our students are doing, and meet our faculty.

Information Technology

The Information Technology major prepares students to meet the information technology needs of twenty-first century ministries and businesses. Emphases of the major include the study of computer applications, network administration, database management, and project management. The development of problem-solving skills is a major emphasis. Exposure to standard computing platforms will help prepare to meet students for industry certification. The focus is on using the technology; understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each piece of technology in order to properly use it.

Read more information about the Information Technology major.

Cybersecurity 

Students in the Cybersecurity major will gain understanding in the technical aspects of security including the nature of exploits and defense, risk analysis, and the difficulty of balancing business needs with security. The student will be prepared for a career in cybersecurity both offensive and defensive, secure administration, and secure software development. The emphases on ethics and communication provide strong support for career advancement.

Cybersecurity Major / Begins Fall 2020

The primary learning objectives for the cybersecurity major are:

  • Apply cybersecurity principles to both policy and practice.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of secure computing requirements.
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
  • Communicate technical information effectively, including risks discovered and mitigation strategies.
  • Apply biblical principles of ethics in computing generally and in cybersecurity specifically.

See a suggested four year plan of study for our Cybersecurity major.

Certificate

The Certificate in Cybersecurity is available to students majoring in computer science, information technology, and computer engineering*. It allows graduates to apply cybersecurity principles to the database, operating systems, and networking classes taken as part of their program.

Read more about the Cybersecurity Certificate.
* Students majoring in other programs should consider the 18-credit minor in cybersecurity.