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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences

Computer Science

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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences

Computer Science

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Prepare for careers as a software developer, information technology consultant, information technology analyst, database administrator or systems analyst under the instruction of computer science experts. The computer science major is designed to give you the knowledge to develop and use computer algorithms and computer-based systems. This program will also prepare you for a graduate degree in the computing sciences.


of Northwestern graduates felt professionally prepared by their education


of seniors say their major integrates biblical perspectives


of graduates say they are well-prepared to enter graduate school or advanced study

Why study computer science at Northwestern?

The modern world of computer science requires expert levels of knowledge, practical experience, and unshakable ethics to navigate the rapidly growing role of technology in life.

Our program is taught by knowledgeable Christian professors who can provide one on one instruction to help you grow in your faith while you expand your knowledge of computer science.

We will train you in four broad areas: low level technical skills in programming and application development, medium level applied mathematical skills for computations and simulations, high level design and analysis skills, and application with databases, computer security, and communications.

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business and computer science industries.

If you enjoy working with technology, want to put your math and technical skills to good use, and want a career that is flexible enough to work in any industry, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, and program computers.

Some classes include:

  • Programming - Java
  • Computer Software Development
  • Operating Systems Concepts
  • Computer Security Fundamentals
  • Systems Analysis and Design
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In the Spring 2018 semester I interned at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge as an information technology intern. This internship was a valuable experience for me as it allowed me to gain what I consider my first real work experience in the computer science field. It allowed me to experience firsthand what a company is actually like and how an information technology office operates.
Michael Peck

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Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.

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Jonathan Zderad, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Computing, Data & Mathematical...

Dr. Jonathan Zderad has worked on a number of computer systems since the early 1990s including machine...

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James Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Computing, Data & Mathematical Sciences

Dr. James L. Smith has worked in various technical and teaching positions. His computer consulting firm...

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Department of Computing, Data and Mathematical Sciences

Nazareth Hall, N3046
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

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