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Computer Science

Computer Science2021-03-03T09:05:29-06:00

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 90%.

Students work on computers in a computer science class

Computer Science (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Core Requirements
CSC 184Introduction to Computer Programming3
CSC 245Enterprise Systems Computing: COBOL I3
or CSC 246 Programming Languages and Paradigms
CSC 254Object Oriented Programming3
CSC 274Introduction to Unix/Linux2
CSC 285Data Structures3
CSC 289Computational Methods for Computer Science3
CSC 294Networking and Telecommunications3
ACT 301Applied Database Systems3
CSC 305Database Architecture and Concepts3
CSC 345Enterprise Systems Computing: COBOL II3
or CSC 346 Enterprise Systems with Java
CSC 406Object Oriented Applications and Program Development3
CSC 410Network Security Technologies3
CSC 490CS Career Preparation1
Select one of the following Statistics courses:3-4
Business Statistics I
Introductory Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Select one of the following concentrations in Computer Science:24-27
General Concentraiton
Computer Information Systems Concentration

Computer Information Systems

General Concentration

Concentration Requirements
MAT 165
MAT 166
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation
and Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Integration
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 nine credit hours from ACT, CSC, or MAT courses numbered 300 - 5999
Total Credit Hours26-27

Note: In addition, Computer Science 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.

Computer Information Systems Concentration

*Effective Fall 2020, this program is being phased out and has a 3-year teach out plan. More information can be found here.

Concentration Requirements
ACC 201Introductory Financial Accounting3
ACT 102Introduction to Web Page Development3
ACT 476Applications of Computer Information Sciences Capstone3
CSC 201Microcomputer Applications3
CSC 400Systems Analysis and Design3
GBA 220Business Communications3
or ETC 200 Introduction to Technical Communication
Select six credit hours from ACT, CSC, or MAT courses numbered 300 - 5996
Total Credit Hours24

Note: In addition, Computer Information Systems majors must take ECO 260 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECO 261 Principles of Microeconomics to meet the Social Sciences portion of their General Studies program. 

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. 

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.