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Computer Science (B.A.)

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Major: Computer Science

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Total credit hours: N/A

Internship/Practicum opportunities: Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

Computer science is the study of problem solving. Therefore, the primary goal of the program is to develop problem-solving skills in students. With that in mind, the emphasis of this major is to prepare graduates to understand the field of computing, both as an academic discipline and as a profession, within the context of a larger society.

Further, the major is designed to challenge students to consider the ethical and societal issues that are associated with the computing field, to prepare students to rigorously apply their knowledge to the solution of specific, constrained problems, to expose students to the rich theoretical basis of the field and to integrate their understanding of computing with the foundation of a liberal arts education.

Visit our Academic Catalog (2021-2022) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. Be able to apply a variety of problem-solving techniques to design algorithms.
  2. Be able to design, implement and test intermediate-level computer programs to meet a specific set of requirements using a high-level programming language.
  3. Understand the theoretical foundations of programming languages and data structures and possess the ability to transfer knowledge of existing languages to new ones.
  4. Understand the software development life cycle and possess the ability to use various modeling techniques and tools to aid in the software design and documentation processes.
  5. Understand the theoretical foundations of databases and possess the ability to design, build and maintain a relational database system.
  6. Understand the theoretical foundations of system software, including various operating systems and possess the ability to transfer knowledge of current systems to new ones.
  7. Understand societal challenges and the ethical responsibilities of the computer science professional.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership and more! The scholarships available to computer science majors are:

  • The Dr. Judith A Crissman '64 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Elizabeth McElhaney Scholarship
  • J. Scott Morrison Endowment for Science and Religion
  • Arthur E. Smith Scholarship Fund
  • TWC Amelia Earhart Scholarship
  • Irene Wintersteen Memorial Science Scholarship

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. A computer science major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • Kappa Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honorary)

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

The world economy runs on computers. The need for computer science professionals has never been in higher demand. The computer science program at Thiel College provides a solid foundation for future graduate study, as well as entry into many different industries such as programming, analyst, web development, software development, information technology, and design, just to name a few!