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Meet the demands for innovation in the computer field.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science at Webster University is designed around identified core knowledge areas of computer science. The program includes theoretical and practical hands-on approaches preparing students to enter the IT workforce or continue their education in a professional graduate degree program.

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BS in Computer Science

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), the field of computer science will continue to expand as innovations in technology create new opportunities across different industries. In fact, computer and information technology occupations are expected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026, creating roughly 560,000 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). A Computer Science degree from Webster University will further enhance this job outlook, as 95.5% of our students are employed full time after graduation.

Program Highlights

Webster University has established strong alliances with many organizations and companies in the computer science industry. Students are encouraged to explore the available internship opportunities to get hands-on IT experience while gaining real-world business experience. Recent computer science graduates now work at companies such as Boeing, Monsanto, Maritz, Scottrade, Edward Jones and Anheuser-Busch.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of computer science in the following core knowledge areas:
    • Software development
    • Algorithms and data structures
    • Computer organization, hardware and architecture
    • Data and information management
  • Describe how technological advances impact social issues and professional practice.
  • Write and orally communicate technical material effectively and professionally.
  • Apply problem-solving skills and the knowledge of computer science to solve problems.

Webster's BS in Computer Science requires 51 credit hours.

  • COSC 1550 Computer Programming I (3 hours)
  • COSC 1560 Computer Programming II (3 hours)
  • COSC 1570 Math for Computer Science (3 hours)
  • COSC 2610 Operating Systems (3 hours)
  • COSC 2670 Network Principles (3 hours)
  • COSC 2810 Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)
  • COSC 2710 Social Engineering and Society (3 hours)
  • COSC 3050 Data Structures I (3 hours)
  • COSC 3100 Data Structures II (3 hours)
  • COSC 3230 Human-Computer Interaction (3 hours)
  • COSC 3410 Computer Security (3 hours)
  • COSC 3510 Computer Architecture (3 hours)
  • COSC 4110 Database Concepts (3 hours)
  • COSC 4120 Database Applications (3 hours)
  • MATH 2410 Discrete Mathematics (3 hours)

Students will choose two of the following courses:

  • COSC 3660 Network Concepts (3 hours)
  • COSC 3810 Principles of Programming Languages (3 hours)
  • COSC 4250 Object-Oriented Analysis & Design (3 hours)
  • COSC 4260 Object-Oriented Programming (3 hours)
  • COSC 3500 IT Project Management (3 hours)
  • COSC 3900 Practicum (3 hours)
  • MATH 2200 Statistics (3 hours)

Students planning to enter a graduate program in computer science or a related field after graduation are encouraged to take the following courses. These courses are not required for the BS in computer science:

  • MATH 1610 Calculus I (5 hours)
  • MATH 1620 Calculus II (5 hours)
  • PHYS 2030 University Physics I (3 hours)
  • PHYS 2031 University Physics I: Lab (1 hour)
  • PHYS 2040 University Physics II (3 hours)
  • PHYS 2041 University Physics II: Lab (1 hour)

You can get a Minor in Computer Science with 18 hours of required classes at Webster University.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an introductory understanding of computer science concepts and principles. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to successfully design and write computer programs.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze the role of technology in society.

Required Courses

  • COSC 1550 Computer Programming I (3 hours)
  • COSC 1560 Computer Programming II (3 hours)
  • COSC 1570 Mathematics for Computer Science (3 hours)
  • COSC 2710 Social Engineering and Society (3 hours)

Choose two of the following:

  • COSC 2610 Operating Systems (3 hours)
  • COSC 2670 Network Principles (3 hours)
  • COSC 2810 Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)
  • COSC 2050 Java Programming (3 hours)
  • COSC 2110 Computer Languages* (3 hours)

*Computer language content must vary

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