At PLU, we offer two degrees in Computer Science: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.).

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is a degree that will prepare you for a rewarding career in the computer software industry, graduate school, or elsewhere.  Detailed requirements for the BS degree in Computer Science are listed in the PLU catalog.

To help you plan, this diagram shows the required courses, electives, and their prerequisites. You don’t need to take all of these courses, just some of them. Note that this doesn’t include all of the prerequisites, just those in CSCI. Some courses may require classes from other departments such as math or physics.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science is designed for those students who want a solid CS background, but want to couple a degree in CS with another major. The total number of required courses is lower than for the B.S. degree, and there are less math/science supporting requirements. It’s a less technical education, but can be a good option for those who want to combine their CS knowledge with another field.

The requirements for the B.A. in Computer Science are listed in the PLU course catalog. For more details or if you have additional questions, send us an email!

Computer Science prerequisite chart
Emily Shane '19
Emily Shane '19 in the computer lab at PLU.
Moses Mbugua '20
Moses Mbugua '20, wearing a bracelet with the colors of Kenya, his birthplace, and his phone with the procrastinate app be developed as a student at PLU.
Computer science majors
Computer Science Majors Robin Naggi '19, Jacob Rohweder '19, and Isaiah Scheel '19 received awards for the best capstone presentation in 2019.
Professor Laurie Murphy, Isiah Behner and Jessica Chase
Computer science students Isiah Behner ’18 and Jessica Chase ’18 talk with Prof. Laurie Murphy in the seats near Kelly Cafe in Morken at PLU.