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The Donald and Helen Schort School of Mathematics and Computing Sciences


LR’s Computer Science program strives for academic excellence by offering rigorous courses designed to challenge the qualified and motivated student and to liberate the mind through an emphasis on quantitative and abstract reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking, and strong communication skills.

A major in Computer Science prepares students for positions in business, industry, education, or graduate programs in Computer Science, Information Systems, or Information Technology.

The Computer Science major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and includes courses that provide a balance between the development of science, mathematics, and business-related applications. Available courses provide the necessary theoretical fundamentals for the study of algorithms, programming, and the design of computer systems, as well as the application of computing to business and management. The wide variety of electives allows the student to tailor the major to theoretical computer science or to information systems.


Computer Science majors have a number of opportunities to gain firsthand experience outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to take advantage of internships and mentor opportunities, allowing them to work with and learn from experienced computer science professionals. There are also opportunities to attend conferences which highlight new developments and opportunities in the growing and exciting field of computer science.


Students who complete degrees in Computer Science generally have very bright professional futures—if they are prepared to stay current with a fast moving field. As computing technologies continue to expand and evolve, professional opportunities will arise for individuals with expertise in the development and maintenance of computers and computer systems. Opportunities exist across a surprisingly diverse array of professions: software engineering, programming, and development; systems and database analysis and administration; computer engineering; web development; quality assurance and cybersecurity. Students who can combine technical skills with the ability to communicate and collaborate, and to think critically and assess analytically will possess a distinctive advantage. LR’s rich integration of professional preparation with a deep grounding in the liberal arts provides an excellent model for professional preparation.


Students may complete a BS degree with a major in Computer Science. In addition, LR offers minors in Applied Computer Science and in Theoretical Computer Science.


Computer Science Major Requirements


Program Contact

Dr. Douglas Burkholder

Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the School of Mathematics and Computing Sciences
Hickory Campus