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Computer Science, B.A., B.S.

Computer science at Whitworth is a strong, innovative program in which faculty and students work collaboratively. You will first learn basic computational skills using a programming language, and then you will learn how to apply those skills to solve nearly any problem imaginable. You will have ample opportunities to put these skills into practice through hands-on experiences that will give you an advantage in graduate school or in the job market.

Why major in computer science at Whitworth?

  • Develop your skills at a rapid pace. You are not expected to have background knowledge starting out, yet you will have the opportunity to create meaningful and interesting projects by the end of your first course.
  • Conduct research with professors. Motivated students are encouraged to complete internships and summer research opportunities with their professors as part of the major's strong research program.
  • Be challenged to go further. Professors are dedicated to developing your full potential and will encourage you to take your projects to the next level and to seek more learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom.
  • Gain hands-on experience completing software projects. Many courses conclude with projects instead of exams.
  • Have fun and build community with fellow students. The mathematics & computer science department hosts several parties each year, including a Christmas party hosted by faculty and a Pi Day party.
  • Join an active, student-led ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Club that holds events most months and performs well in programming competitions. 
  • Connect your faith or worldview to your learning through classroom discussions of social and ethical issues.
  • Find your career path. Computer science is a broad field, and by taking an array of classes you will learn what best suits your skills and interests.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our computer science grads make a difference (and get jobs)

A Whitworth computer science degree will prepare you for careers in software development, software quality assurance and software management, among other areas. Opportunities are wide-ranging and abundant. Whitworth graduates find employment at technology companies such as Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Olive Tree Bible Software and Gravity Jack. They are also working at a wide variety of companies that need technology experts, like Nike, Liberty Mutual and Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

Recent job placements include:

  • Kat Duarte, analyst, Google
  • Stephen Thoen, software developer, Nike
  • Jose Oronia, software engineer, T-Mobile
  • Wes Thompson, computer programmer, Meshfrog
  • Hannah Gamiel, software engineer, Cyan Inc.
  • William Van Dam, software engineer, Itron

Our recent computer science grads further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University
  • University Washington
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Washington State University
  • Eastern Washington University

Opportunities outside the classroom

You will have a number of opportunities to serve the community with your skills. Many nonprofit organizations need software, and you can choose to work with them as part of class projects. Also, many local high schools offer computer science, and you will have the opportunity to serve in those classrooms as an expert and mentor.

Pack your bags!

Computer science faculty lead study-abroad programs every other Jan Term. Destinations have included Ireland, Wales, India, China, Malaysia and Singapore. In January 2018, Professor Pete Tucker will take students to England and Wales, where they will each partner with a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University to build a project.

Tracks

Computer science encompasses many areas, and students in this field have varied interests. Whitworth offers multiple tracks to help you find your best way in the field. Students with an interest in business can combine courses in computer science and business toward the computer science/business degree. Other students with interests in multicultural experiences can combine courses toward the international project management degree. Still others with an interest in information technology can pursue the network systems degree track. Students also have the option to design an area of concentration. Wherever your interests lie, we have a computer science degree to help you achieve your goals.

Ask our faculty

Ask Pete

Professor Pete Tucker's areas of expertise are computer science education and software development.

Ask Kent

Professor Kent Jones' areas of expertise are bioinformatics and computer engineering.

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