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B.S. in Computer Science

Our computer science program prepares students for careers in information technology and software engineering, fields that are expected to account for nearly 60% of all new jobs in science and engineering between 2008 and 2018. Students in our B.S. in Computer Science program will:

  • Develop proficiency in computer programming languages such as C++ and Java.
  • Understand the architecture of modern computers.
  • Be able to understand and implement common data structures used in computing.
  • Be able to develop and analyze algorithms for solving computing problems.
  • Develop proficiency in computer networking.
  • Understand the principles of computer operating systems.
  • Understand the principles of compilers.
  • Develop proficiency in at least one application area such as database management, web application, computer graphics, etc.


Students who graduate with a degree in computer science find success in careers in software architecture and development, database administration, web development, network and computer systems, and more.

5-Year Program

Students in our B.S. in Computer Science program may apply to our M.S. in Information Security program in their junior year in order to obtain a master's degree in five years.

Course Requirements

I. Mathematics Courses (21 credits)

Course Title Credits
MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3
MATH 202 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 3
MATH 203 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 3
MATH 271 Transition to Advanced Mathematics 3
MATH 322, 322L Linear Algebra and Lab 3
MATH 323 Number Theory 3
MATH 420 Discrete Mathematics 3

II. Computer Science Courses (33 credits)

Course Title Credits
CS 142 Programming in C++ 3
CS 150 Object Oriented Programming 3
CS 242 Computer Architecture 3
CS 245 Computer Data Structures 3
CS 250 Database and Applications 3
CS 322 Computer Networks 3
CS 341 Analysis of Algorithms 3
CS 342 Principles of Compilers 3
CS 344 Operating System Principles 3
CS 352 Web Applications and Development 3
CS 490 Capstone Project 3

II. Cognate Requirement (8 credits)

Computer Science majors must take PHYS 303, 303L, 304, and 304L. These courses satisfy Category III of the Liberal Arts Core Requirements.

Course Title Credits
PHYS 303
General Physics I
General Physics I Lab
PHYS 304
General Physics II
General Physics II Lab

III. Program and General Electives

Computer Science majors must take three program elective courses in Computer Science and/or Information Security, and one program elective course in Mathematics, all of which must be at or above the 300 level.

All Marywood undergraduate students must have a minimum of 126 credits to graduate. Computer Science majors must take enough general elective credits to meet this minimum before graduation.