Computer Science (B.S.)


The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in computer science.

The rapid spread of computers and information technology has generated a continuing need for highly trained workers to design and develop new hardware and software systems and to incorporate new technologies. Students who see themselves as a part of this exciting and rapidly changing world will want to find out more about the Computer Science Program.

The computer science major provides students with a solid foundation for a career in computing and related areas. Students begin with a core sequence of courses that develops the programming and analytical foundation needed for delving into advanced study in the many areas of computing.

Upper-level courses focus on an in-depth understanding of important areas of computing, including required courses in computer architecture, operating systems, programming languages, software engineering, and systems programming. Upper-level elective courses are chosen from areas such as computer graphics, artificial intelligence, database programming, computer networks, algorithms, web programming, Unix/Linux administration, theory of computation, cryptography, mobile computing, and formal methods.

Students select their electives to satisfy at least one of the concentrations within the major.  The Computing Science Concentration focuses on analytical thinking and programming techniques that are needed are needed for the most competitive jobs in computing, are needed for further study at the graduate level, and are difficult to master outside of the guided environment of a course. The Information Science Concentration focuses on programming and analysis in particular application areas that are most commonly needed in industry.  Students normally take a variety of courses from both concentrations.

Relatively modest class sizes give students the chance to work one-on-one with our highly talented and dedicated faculty. At the same time students have opportunities for field and research experiences. Advisors work with students in the selection of their courses prior to registration each semester. Faculty stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the ever-changing world of computers and provide contemporary and relevant experiences to their students.

Computer science majors benefit from the department's state-of-the-art computer classrooms, laboratories, and servers. A computing lab is staffed by computer science graduate and undergraduate majors to provide academic assistance and mentoring for all students.

Opportunities are available for undergraduate research in computer science. In addition, students prepare projects that provide hands-on experience relating to real-world applications, and students are encouraged to get actual experience through internships, which are available at companies throughout the country.

Students majoring in computer science can join and participate in the activities of the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. With more than 100 highly accessible student organizations on campus, each student's experience at Indiana State University abounds with student leadership opportunities that complement their studies.

Required Courses


For the student prepared for the challenges, computer science is an exciting and dynamic discipline that can lead to excellent job opportunities in business or industry. Computer science ranks as one of the top bachelor's degrees in terms of starting pay and number of jobs that are available.

Major employers of computer science graduates include the National Security Agency, Department of Defense, and other agencies in federal and state governments; and private sector employers such as the airline industry, computer industry, pharmaceutical industry, research and testing services, educational services, security and commodity exchanges, management and public relations services, finance, insurance, and public utilities.

Students graduating with a degree in computer science are well-positioned to obtain positions in computing and related areas, including positions with job titles such as software engineer, database programmer/developer/administrator, web programmer/developer/administrator, systems administrator, networking administrator, and mobile app developer.

In addition, graduates can pursue graduate programs in computer science. The department offers a master's degree in computer science, after which students can obtain more senior positions in computing or careers in research or academia.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a number of scholarships.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Indiana State University