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

Computer Science class


Students who love creative thinking and using computers to solve real world problems will find the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science a rewarding field of study. The B.S. in Computer Science prepares students for immediate employment in computing-related careers as well as for graduate school. Our graduates often become software developers, business analysts, system administrators, and database administrators.

Employment in software development is expected to increase by 25 percent through 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The undergraduate computer science major at Western Carolina University is a bachelor of science degree program accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Phone +1.410.347.7700

In the United States, accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of peer review used to assure quality in educational institutions and programs. For more information about accreditation visit ABET's web site.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Computer Science program at Western Carolina University is designed around sets of principles divided into Program Educational Objectives, and Student Outcomes. These principles have been developed by faculty based on standards of the discipline and accreditation practices, with input from industry, alumni, and students.

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.

Graduates of the B.S. in Computer Science program at Western Carolina University will:

PEO1: be successful as practicing computing professionals.

PEO2: be successful in graduate school in computer science, if they choose to attend graduate school.

PEO3: work successfully in their chosen career individually and within a professional team environment.

PEO4: engage in professional development within their profession by adapting to new technology and career challenges.

PEO5: demonstrate ethical professionalism in their work.

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and do by the time of graduation. Graduates of the B.S. in Computer Science program at Western Carolina University will have an ability to:

A. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.

B. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline.

C. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.

D. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

E. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline.

F. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

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