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Why Choose Computer Science?
Apply your knowledge of software and programming to your passion.
Our Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree gives you the flexibility to incorporate a wide range of interests. You will still focus on software and software systems and also learn how to apply that knowledge.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's undergraduate engineering programs as No. 146 among hundreds of engineering programs across the nation. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and offer one-on-one support to all students. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.
Recommended High School Classes
High school classes that will help with your undergraduate degree include:
- Mathematics: College algebra/trigonometry, probability/statistics, geometric proofs
- Science: Biology, chemistry, physics, and other subjects utilizing the scientific method
- English: Formal argumentation, critical thinking, clear communication of intent
- Computer Programming
You can also check out College Credit Plus options.
This degree in computer science will allow you to work in many industries. Computer systems analysis and design, programming, network administration, and website development are a few areas you can explore.
The program allows for the greatest flexibility of course study. You will develop a broad understanding of many disciplines. Including the application of technology and computers in these fields. Our graduates can pursue a wide array of careers. The average starting salary for Computer Science 2016 graduates was $67,233. (NACE, April 2017)
Job Spotlight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Computer Systems Analysts
- 2017 Median Pay: $88,270 per year
- Entry Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
- Jobs in 2016: 600,500
- Projected Jobs in 2026: 653,500
- 2017 Median Pay: $67,990 per year
- Entry Level Education: Associate’s degree
- Jobs in 2016: 162,900
- Projected Jobs in 2026: 184,200
Computer and Information Systems Managers
- 2017 Median Pay: $139,220 per year
- Entry Level Education: Bachelor's degree
- Jobs in 2016: 367,600
- Projected Jobs in 2024: 411,400
Our graduates are employed by:
- Air Force Institute of Technology
- Air Force Research Laboratory
- CDO Technologies
- Dayton Freight
- Edaptive Computing Inc.
- Emerson Climate Technologies
- Globe Motors
- L3 Technologies
- Lex Tech
- National Air and Space Intelligence Center
- NextGen Federal Systems
- Omnispear Inc.
- PQ Systems
- Redwall Technologies, LLC
- Reynolds and Reynolds
- The Design Knowledge Company
Our graduates work as:
- Applications Developer
- Computer Programmer
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Digital Design Engineer Specialist
- IT Infrastructure Engineer
- Java Developer
- Mobile Developer
- Programmer Analyst
- Security Analyst
- Software Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Web Developer
It's never too early—or too late to start managing your career in engineering. Learn more about the Brandeberry Career Development Center.
Real World Experience
We encourage you to apply skills learned in the classroom through study abroad, undergraduate research, co-op/internships, and/or service learning. You will learn from qualified professionals who actively work in the field of computer science and work on computer science projects, allowing you to apply your classroom education to real-world situations.
Video: Wright State computer science major Jesse Williams finds a creative outlet through coding and rapping as J-Williams.
Derek Desentz, a junior computer science and computer engineering major at Wright State, hones his coding skills as an intern at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Academics and Curriculum
View the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the University Catalog.
If you are not looking for a dual program or minor you can still customize the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree. You can take electives that will give you an understanding of business or music.
- MUS 4650 Computer Applications in Music*
- MUS 1010 Theory of Music I
- MUS 1020 Theory of Music II
- MUS 2010 Theory of Music III
- MUS 2020 Theory of Music IV
- MUS 1510 Musicianship I
- MUS 1520 Musicianship II
- MUS 2510 Musicianship III
- MUS 2520 Musicianship IV
- MUS 1550 Keyboard Musicianship I
- MUS 1560 Keyboard Musicianship II
4 Semesters Applied Music
4 Semesters Ensemble
4 semesters Recitals
If you choose to complete the Business Minor please apply and satisfy the requirements
Additional Core Courses
- EC 2040 Principles of Microeconomics*
- ACC 2010 Accounting Principles*
- MGT 3100 Leadership, Management and Organizational Behavior*
- MKT 2500 Principles of Marketing*
- FIN 2050 Personal Financial Decision
- FIN 2210 Financial Management
To Complete a Business Minor Choose One
- ACC 2020 Accounting Principles II
- EC 2050 Principles of Macroeconomics
- FIN 2210 Financial Management (if not picked above)
- MS 2040 Intro to Bus Statistics
- MS 2050 Quantitative Business Modeling
- Or 1 3000 level course
Fast Track Program
Increase your earning potential
Already have a Bachelor of Arts degree? You can streamline the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree requirements and get a second degree. It is possible to walk out with your second degree and practical experience in as few as four semesters. The department will also assist with paid internship opportunities if you have a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Complete or have completed the core mathematical courses (elementary statistics course and social science calculus)
- Complete or have completed Introduction to Computer Science I (CS1180), a comparable course, or equal assessed experience.
We will revise our programs to keep them as current as possible. Your advisor will go over your options if there is a change.
Admission and Aid
Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify your desired major on the application.
If you meet university admission requirements you are admitted to the college. Direct Admit status is only available to direct-from-high-school students who apply for fall admission, and have a 3.25 GPA or better and have no less than a 25 Comp ACT or 1160 SAT score. Direct Admit students are advised in the department of their major within the college.
If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. Talk to your advisor about majoring in computer science.
There are many ways to offset the cost of your degree. With our program, you will be eligible for paid internships starting your sophomore year. There are also scholarships and other financial aid options. For more information check out the university's financial aid section.
Program Objectives and Outcomes
Program educational objectives describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Three to five years after matriculation, graduates of our Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science program will be:
- Expert: Graduates of the Computer Science program are employable as computing professionals and will be recognized by their employers as well-prepared for their career in computing.
- Adaptive: Graduates understand that education is a lifelong process and are well prepared for continuing studies.
- Engaged: Graduates demonstrate an appreciation for the professional, social, ethical, and leadership roles of computing professionals.
- Applied: Graduates can apply computing and software development principles to a diverse range of domains, such as analytics, data science, informatics, management, etc.
Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science will have:
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
- An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
- An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
- Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
- An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
- An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
- An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.