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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.
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.
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 2016 computer science graduates was $67,233. (NACE, April 2017)
Job Spotlight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- 2018 median pay: $105,590 per year
- Entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
- Jobs in 2016: 1,256,200
- Projected jobs in 2026: 1,558,700
Information Security Analysts
- 2018 median pay: $98,350 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
- 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
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.
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
Example of student work in CEG 4410, Spring Semester 2019. Student names: Xavian Ogletree, Isaac Hartzell, Kyle Ryan and Ryan Zink
View the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.
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
- Complete or have completed Calculus I and II
- Complete or have completed three science courses for engineering or science majors
- 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.
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
Annual Student Enrollment: 327 Fall 2019
Graduation Data: 74 from Fall 2018 – Summer 2019
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
Students who complete the B.S. in computer science will have an ability to:
- Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
- Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
- Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
- Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
- Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions