The Northwest Difference
As a computer science major, students learn skills and techniques that will prepare them for success in their careers or graduate studies. Faculty focus on three core areas: general background in computer science, theory and practical reasoning.
Studying the general background in computer science educates students about the theories for why and how software systems are developed. Students learn theory by solving problems, determining solutions to problems and analyzing those solutions. In practical reasoning, students study the practicality of software systems by developing software, advancing a prototype solution and determining the software development lifecycle.
For transfer students completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Computer Science is available. Please contact Carol Spradling (firstname.lastname@example.org or 660.562.1588) for more information.
Minor in Computer Science
A minor in computer science teaches students the foundations of computers and information technology, computer programming, data structures and computer organization. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog. This minor requires the completion of 21 credit hours.
Recent Northwest graduates have found employment in the following careers:
- IT application analyst
- Database programmer
- Software developer/engineer
- System engineer
- Web developer
- Technology coordinator
- Systems administraton
- Database Administrator
- Network Engineer
- Systems Administrator
- Computer Programmer
- Software Architect
- Software Analyst
- Technical Architect
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Professors encourage practical learning opportunities to prepare students for employment. Students are encouraged to speak to K-12 teachers about the importance of technology in their curriculum and teach computer science fundamentals to students in grades K-12.
The School of Computer Science and Information Systems annually hosts a professional advisory team that includes more than 40 professionals from various industries to review Northwest’s computer science curriculum. Professionals are updated about new technology and ensure the curriculum at Northwest is current with trends.
Founded in 2011, MINK WIC (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas Women in Computing) enables women to discuss their roles in computing and technology fields and share experiences and strategies for success. In recent years, more than 240 students, educators and professionals from the region gathered to share their passion for computer science and technology.
The Association of Computing Machinery promotes interests in computers and applications as well as providing a means of communication for individuals sharing an interest in computers.
The Association of Computing Machinery – Women’s (ACM-W) celebrates, informs and supports women in computing and works with a community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy makers to improve working and learning environments for women.
Although internships are not required in the business technology major, they are highly encouraged to gain hands-on, real-world experience.
MasterCard International has a large internship program with a variety of roles. To promote networking, they host several intern events. The event above is at a St. Louis Cardinal game with a business analyst, finance analyst, software engineer and software developer intern in the picture.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.