B.S. in Computer Science

The computer science major prepares students for careers in computer programming, software engineering, and systems analysis.

68-69 units

Computer science, like engineering disciplines, is an “applied science” that deals with how things ought to be. This is different from mathematics and other natural sciences that are concerned with how things are. Computer science is concerned with design and synthesis more than analysis and deduction (as with physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology).

The B.S. in Computer Science equips students to:

  • Understand the computational process and the design of software systems.
  • Analyze and design data structures and algorithms.
  • Understand programming concepts in order to acquire computer language proficiency independently.
  • Program computers with knowledge of at least two programming languages.
  • Understand and apply software development principles.

With dedicated faculty, small classes, excellent computer labs, and up-to-date software, computer science at Azusa Pacific University is challenging, professional, intellectually stimulating, and directly applicable to current problems in society and industry.

The computer science major covers the following topics:

  1. All functional levels of computing, from applications to microcode
  2. Programming theory and practice (in multiple languages)
  3. Software engineering: principles, procedures, techniques, and applications
  4. Databases
  5. Operating systems
  6. Computer architecture

Upper-level electives are available in advanced topics such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, software engineering, Internet of Things (IoT), and computer security. Students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in computer science should review their program of studies with their advisor as early as possible.

Career Opportunities

The B.S. in Computer Science prepares graduates for advanced studies and careers in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, telecommunications, and systems analysis. 

The computer science program requires an internship. Students gain hands-on experience at several local and national businesses and organizations that continue to turn to APU to seek our students for internships and employment. Employment opportunities include careers as systems programmers, software engineers, scientific programmers, high school computer science and mathematics teachers, and other computing fields. Missionary and other Christian organizations need computer science graduates for their increasingly complex applications, such as Bible translation work, as well as administrative, financial, fundraising, and technical support activities. Job opportunities are available globally.


B.S. in Computer Science students are required to have a laptop for classroom work. In addition to General Education requirements, a minimum of 47 units in computer science, 12 units in mathematics, and 9-10 units in natural sciences (for a total of 68-69 units) are required for this degree.

Computer Science Courses 1
CS/ENGR 120Introduction to Computer Science I F/S, 24
CS/ENGR 125Introduction to Computer Science II F/S4
CS/ENGR 160Discrete Structures F/S3
CS 230Systems Programming and Operating Systems F3
CS/ENGR 260Algorithms and Data Structures F/S3
CS 290Database Management Systems F/S, 23
CS 360Computer Architecture and Organization F3
CS 470Software Engineering F, 33
CS 480Senior Capstone Project S, 2 3
CS 491Computer Science Internship F/S, 33
Select at least one of the following (if both are selected, one will count as an elective)3
Web Programming S
Mobile App Development F
Upper-division Computer Science Electives 4
Choose four of the following:12
Fundamentals of Network Administration F
Telecommunications and Interfacing S
Web Programming (If not taken as core) S
Compiler Construction
Artificial Intelligence F
Mobile App Development (If not taken as core) F
Advanced Database Application Programming
Internet of Things S
Topics in Computer Science
Readings F/S
Directed Research F/S
Thesis/Project F/S
Digital Logic Systems 2
Embedded Systems
Computer Networks
Math Requirements12
Calculus I F,S
Calculus II F/S
Choose two of the following:
Applied Linear Algebra F
Probability and Statistics I F/S
Numerical Analysis ES
Natural Sciences Requirement9-10
Physics for Science and Engineering I F, 5
Choose one of the following:
Physics for Science and Engineering II S
General Chemistry I 5
General Biology I 5
Total Units68-69
F Offered in Fall only
S Offered in Spring only
F/S Offered in both Fall and Spring terms
EF Offered in Fall in even years
ES Offered in Spring in even years
OF Offered in Fall in odd years
OS Offered in Spring in odd years

Students must start with CS 120 Introduction to Computer Science I during their first semester at Azusa Pacific University. Math is also extremely important for students within our major. It is imperative that students determine which math course they qualify for and enroll in that course their first semester, continuing with all math courses until they have completed math requirements for the computer science major. If the student does not know which math course they qualify for, they should contact the Academic Success Center at (626) 815-3849 to make an appointment for placement testing.

See the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center and/or the Academic Success Center for all General Education advising. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.