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The major in computer science (CS) is designed to prepare students for successful employment in the computing industry in a wide range of careers such as programmers/analysts, lead programmers, software developers, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, or government, or for graduate school in computer science.

Course work in this major centers on the development of algorithms, which are the formal procedures for problem solving. Solutions are implemented linguistically in software and mechanically in hardware by developing a student’s problem-solving ability through the algorithmic approach of organizing, synthesizing, and analyzing information.

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Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan Catalog (link below). The Milligan academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

3-Year Degree Option

The three-year Bachelor’s degree option accelerates the traditional undergraduate process and is perfect for highly-motivated students. With an academically rigorous schedule, students save time and reach the workforce or graduate school earlier while still gaining the skills and experience their career paths demand. You also can still engage fully in campus life — be an athlete, lead a club, complete an internship (or two), conduct research with a professor, and be in on all the Milligan traditions.

Graduating in three years requires full-time enrollment for three consecutive fall and spring semesters as well as two summer terms, as outlined in the chart below. You’ll complete a total of 128 credits, including core curriculum, major, and optional minor or elective courses. Dual enrollment or AP credits may reduce your load or the need for some summer sessions.

Year 117.5 hrs17 hrs11 hrs
Year 217.5 hrs18 hrs11 hrs
Year 318 hrs18 hrs



Carolyn Carter
Associate Dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business and Technology; The Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership; Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration

Namyoun Choi
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dale Giblin
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Amanda Bristol
Director of Information Technology

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