Why study Computer Science?
Computer Science  is an ever-expanding field with endless opportunities. Students get hands-on, learning in systems, programming, security and large scale simulation. From team collaboration to internships, your education will prepare you for an exciting career in the IT industry.

The core of Missouri Western’s Computer Science program is built around several programming languages and algorithm development. Students also study database, networking, computer architecture, operating systems and graphics.

Career Opportunities
The demand for qualified computer science professionals is constantly growing. You can choose from a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Software Engineer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Specialist
  • Systems Application Architect
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Database Developer or Administrator
  • Simulation, Modeling or Gaming Developer

Our graduates succeed!

The placement rate for graduates in the CSMP Department is approximately 87%.

Students work on computers in a computer science class
General Studies
Core Requirements
ACT 101Introduction to Information Technology3
ACT 301Applied Database Systems3
CSC 184Introduction to Computer Programming3
CSC 246Programming Languages and Paradigms3
or CSC 346 Enterprise Systems with Java
CSC 254Object Oriented Programming3
CSC 274Introduction to Unix/Linux3
CSC 285Data Structures3
CSC 289Computational Methods for Computer Science3
CSC 294Networking and Telecommunications3
CSC 305Database Architecture and Concepts3
CSC 324Software Testing and DevOps3
CSC 406Object Oriented Applications and Program Development3
CSC 490CS Career Preparation1
SEC 300Introduction to Cybersecurity3
Select one of the following:3-4
Business Statistics I
Introductory Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Total Credit Hours85-91


General Concentration

Concentration Requirements
MAT 147Applied Calculus5
or MAT 167 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
CSC 208Discrete Structures I3
CSC 264Computer Architecture and Assembly Language Programming3
CSC 318Simulation and Modeling3
CSC 386Operating Systems Concepts3
Select five (5) credit hours from ACT, CSC, SEC, or MAT courses numbered 300 - 5995
Total Credit Hours22

Note: Computer Science-General majors must take PHY 110 College Physics I or PHY 210 University Physics I to meet the Natural Sciences portion of their General Studies program.

Note: Computer Science-General majors must own a laptop with approved minimum specifications.  Specifications are available on the CSMP home page.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0. 

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
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