The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and 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 the mathematical basics and a solid foundation
for a career in computer science. Required coursework include study in computer science, discrete structures,
computer architecture, operating systems, programming languages, software engineering, and systems
In addition, all students complete electives—plus one of the following concentrations:
Computing Science Concentration: Coursework includes study in algorithms, calculus, formal methods,
and theory of computation.
Information Science Concentration: Coursework includes study in computer networks, database programming,
Unix/Linux administration and networking, and Web programming.
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 and
laboratories, including a Windows microcomputer laboratory and a Unix/Linux microcomputer laboratory
that are available for student use. A Mathematics Resource Center, staffed by graduate students from
the department, provides academic assistance 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.
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.
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.
In addition, graduates can pursue graduate programs in computer science. The department offers a
master's degree in mathematics with a concentration in computer science, after which students can obtain
positions in computer science or careers in research.
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.
Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.
Currently enrolled students should contact the following:
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.