CREATING THE FUTURE
At the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the field of computer science, learning about software design, programming languages and databases. If you are interested in a particular area – like mobile computing, information theory, or computer networks – you can choose from a variety of upper-level courses in these areas.
Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. However, we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors and fellow students in the college will become your friends and family. You have the opportunity to connect with ONU alumni and they will help you succeed and open doors for you.
Your computer science education will blend coursework with hands-on, real-world learning experiences. You’ll work on teams to solve problems for actual clients as early as your first year. You’ll apply the knowledge you learn in class, but more importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. These skills will help you find a job and land that promotion.
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, whether it’s fending off attacks from computer hackers, developing modeling and simulation software, or even launching your own company!
COMPETING TO WIN
Strong experiential learning opportunities abound in competitions such as the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming Contest, which challenges teams of students to solve specific computing problems and submit these solutions as programs written in C, C++ or Java. In addition, computer science students may participate in other design competitions like our annual gridiron matchups as part of an intercollegiate robotic football tournament or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Micromouse competition. In case you’re wondering, the Polar Bears always compete to win at these challenging contests.
STAND FOR INTEGRITY
Co-founded at ONU, the Pledge of the Computing Professional is a national organization that signifies a commitment to scholarship, leadership and ethics. At ONU, you’ll join this elite group of computer scientists who follow a path of integrity and purpose. The college inducts many of its computer science majors into the Pledge during their senior year. You’ll receive a special binary-encoded lapel pin and a certificate featuring the Pledge as a reminder of your obligation to serve your profession.
ERIN RADIGAN BS ’14
My time at ONU prepared me for the decision-making and problem-solving I encounter in the workplace. Although my actual role is in Information technology, working at Cardinal Health means that a customer in a pharmacy, hospital or even at home is impacted by the work I do every day. Knowing I am involved in creating innovation and change in health care is rewarding and gives me a passion for coming to work.
Erin Radigan, who graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science in computer science, got the most out of college. At ONU, she ran cross country and track all four years and was active in the Joint Engineering Council, the Society of Women Engineers and the Dean’s Team. She was also heavily involved with Northern Christian Fellowship, through which she engaged in worship, fellowship, service projects and social activities. Today, she’s a computer scientist at Cardinal Health in Columbus, Ohio. She was selected for the company’s EMERGE leadership development program for high-performing, entry-level employees. Through this program, she spends three years learning about various aspects of the company.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Our computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
- Over the last five years, 96 percent of our computer science majors found full-time positions or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
- We boast a 100 percent placement rate for students in co-op employment opportunities, which begin in the second semester of the junior year and continue for one year. Our computer science students co-op at Microsoft, RoviSys, Raytheon, Honda and other well-known companies.
You’ll need 128 credit hours to earn your Bachelor of Science (BS) in computer science. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue a minor of your choice or a concentration in robotics that will align with your interests and passions.
Here are some courses you’ll take as a computer science major:
- Introductory Programming
- Natural Sciences
- Digital Logic
- Software Engineering
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Computer Security and Ethics
- Theory of Computation
- User Interface Design
- Programming Languages
- Networks and Data Communications
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Computer security consultant
- Software developer
- Systems analyst
- Program manager
- Database designer
- Web developer
- Software engineer
Companies that have recently hired our computer science students include Battelle, Boeing, General Electric, Honda, Microsoft and Samsung.
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