Computer Science

Named a Forbes “most valuable major,” computer science is tied into almost every area of our daily lives. Computer science students at Pacific learn the newest technologies from knowledgeable faculty through interactive learning environments, engaging lectures and challenging projects. To prepare students for successful careers, the curriculum exposes them to a variety of industry standard software tools and practices. 

Program Highlights

  • Study a curriculum that follows Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) guidelines and includes both object-oriented programming in C++ and procedural programming in C
  • Conduct a year-long senior capstone, researching and developing a major project in your field of interest. Recent projects have included smart phone development using Google’s Android platform and the iPhone’s iOS.
  • Enjoy a state-of-the-art facility, including dual-monitor computers for serious software development
  • Gain experience with industry standard software development tools and methods
  • Intern with local companies such as Intel, McAfee, and WebMD

Courses

A course in software development for smartphones and tablets, with an emphasis on Google’s Android ™ platform, is one of many classes offered. Furthermore, students will have opportunities to use what they learn in the real world through internships with local companies, such as Intel, McAfee, and WebMD in the nearby Silicon Forest. Internships aren’t required but are a great way to strengthen technology skills and build a strong resume.

Preparation

Pacific’s computer science students enter graduate programs, as well as accept positions in a variety of professional settings. Many students choose to extend their learning through internships at government research labs or technology companies. You will find our graduates working at Microsoft and WebMD, starting their own companies, developing mobile applications and consulting.