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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Computer Science, BS

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Center Creatio Center for Technology and Design
Academic Award Bachelor of Science
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Craig Chapman
CIP Code 11.0701

Graduates of Northwest University with a degree in Computer Science will gain knowledge and experience in computer theory, software design, programming, testing, and algorithm design. In addition, they will be trained in program management, web development, and user interface design. This major will incorporate studies in mathematics, data science and project management. The goal of this program will be to prepare students for a variety of careers focused on the development of complex software applications and systems. Graduates with a degree in Computer Science from Northwest University will be “ready to work”, employable in a diverse set of careers in areas of engineering and software development. 

Graduates with a degree in Computer Science are able to: 

  1. Apply the iterative approach of “design thinking” methods to develop solutions to complex problems.
  2. Identify potential computer applications and associated features and functions of those applications.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with software engineering tools and languages.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of computing algorithms and how they factor into the development of complex systems
  5. Construct a variety of software programs utilizing common computer languages.
  6. Apply concepts and methods learned in this major to designing solutions in the context of team-based projects.
  7. Articulate how your faith informs your work in the field of Computer Science.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 43

Humanities: 3

  • Credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  ​   for applicability) 
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    • Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 6

  • 6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability) 
  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following:
    • Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Formation and Calling: 6

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 5

Any college-level courses

Major Requirements: 60

General Electives: 22

Any college-level courses

Total: 125 Semester Credits

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