Computer Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

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Why Choose Computer Science?

You are the future of computer technology.

Computer scientists do not just design software for computers. They work with the software and software systems that allow the day-to-day use of any computing system. Concepts and theory are the focus of this major.

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.

Careers

With a Bachelor of Science in computer science, you will be able to design software to address real-word problems. You can focus this degree into a way to analyze data, develop software applications, or work on large and complex systems. The average starting salary for Computer Science 2016 graduates was $67,233. (NACE, April 2017)

Job Spotlight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Software Developer

  • 2017 Median Pay: $103,560 per year
  • Entry Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Jobs in 2016: 1,256,200
  • Projected Jobs in 2026: 1,555,700

Information Security Analysts

  • 2017 Median Pay: $95,510 per year
  • Entry Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Jobs in 2016: 100,000
  • Projected Jobs in 2026: 128,500

Our graduates are employed by:

  • Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • CACI
  • CDO Technologies
  • Dayton Freight
  • Edaptive Computing Inc.
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Globe Motors
  • InfoSciTex
  • Intelligrated
  • L3 Technologies
  • Lex Tech
  • LexisNexis
  • Marxent
  • 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 earlyor 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.

Success Stories

A research project by Matt Piekenbrock, a graduate computer science at Wright State, was selected by the Google Summer of Code 2017 competition.
Wright State grad turns a computer science degree and love for gaming into a software engineering career, working on games played by millions of people.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the University Catalog.

Focus Areas

You are not required to do all the elective courses in your focus area. Courses marked with an asterisk are essential.

Bionformatics

Natural Science

  • BIO 1120 Cells and Genes*
  • BIO 1150Organisms and Ecosystems*
  • CHM 1210 and 1210L General Chemistry I and Lab

Computer Science Electives

  • CS 3810 Intro to Bioinformatics*
  • CS 4850 Principles of Artificial Intelligence*
  • CS 4810 Algorithms for Bioinformatics*

General Electives

  • CHM 112 and 1120L General Chemistry II and Lab
  • BIO2110 Molecular Biology and Genetics*
  • BIO 2310 Evolution and Ecology*

Recommended General Electives

  • CHM2110 and CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry and Lab
  • BIO 2120 Cell Biology

Computational Science

  • CS/CEG Electives
  • CS 3250 Computational Data Analysis*
  • CS 3260 Numerical Methods*
  • CS 4830 Systems Simulations

General Electives

  • MTH 2350 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

Earth-Environmental Science

Natural Science

  • EES 2510 Earth Systems
  • EES 2550 Earth History

Mathematics and Science Courses – Choose an area

  • Exploration Seismology
    • EES 4220 and 4220L Intro to Geophysics and Lab*
  • Environmental Sciences
    • EES 4540 Subsurface Fluid Flow*
  • Geospatial Analyses
    • EES 4300 Environmental Applications of GIS*

General Electives – Continue with chosen area

  • Exploration Seismology
    • EES 4380 Seismic Interpretations and Lab
    • EES 4370 Seismic Processing and Lab
  • Environmental Sciences
    • EES 4550 Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry
    • EES 3600 Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste
    • EES 3180 Water and the Environment
  • Geospatial Analyses
    • EES 4290 Remote Sensing of Earth
    • EES 4340 Mapping Methods
    • GEO 4440 Advanced GIS Apps

Business

If you choose to complete the Business minor, please apply and satisfy the requirements

Additional Core Courses

  • EC 2040 Principles of Microeconomics*

General Electives

  • ACC 2010 Accounting Principles*
  • MGT 3100 Leadership, Management and Organizational Behavior*
  • MKT 2500 Principles of Marketing*

Choose One

  • 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

Already have a Bachelor of Science degree? Increase your earning potential

You can streamline the Bachelor of Science 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 five semesters. The department will also assist with paid internship opportunities if you have a 3.0 GPA or higher

Program pre-requisites
  • Complete or have completed Calculus I and II
  • Complete or have completed three science courses for Engineers or Science majors
  • Complete or have completed Introduction to Computer Science I (CS1180), a comparable course, or equal assessed experience.

Program Guides

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 engineering.

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.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

ABET Accreditation

Annual Student Enrollment: 311 from Summer 2017–Spring 2018

Graduation Data: 75 from Summer 2017–Spring 2018

Educational Objectives:

Within five years after graduation, graduates of our Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program shall:

  • Demonstrate employer and peer-recognized expertise as computing professionals with the ability to analyze, design, and evaluate solutions to complex computational problems
  • Demonstrate adaptability to evolving technology and workforce needs through sustained learning applicable to the computer science discipline through self-study, professional training programs, and graduate education
  • Demonstrate engagement in social, ethical, professional, and leadership responsibilities to the discipline through professional societies, and computing and engineering-related activities within the greater community
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding focused on software theory and development skills, project management, and contemporary software development tools/paradigms
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and working with others of diverse cultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds

Student Outcomes:

Students who complete the B.S. 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

Take the Next Step

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