A-Z Index

Computer Science

Program(s) Available: B.A.S., B.S., Minor

Computer science powers modern society. Whether you make a purchase on Amazon, do a search on Google, send a tweet or check your email, you are leveraging the power of computer science! It's hard to identify an industry that does not utilize computer science. Whether it be in agriculture, banking, healthcare or social media, computer science is utilized! 

Why Study Computer Science at Northwest

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the computer and information technology field is projected to grow 15% between 2021 and 2031. This growth rate is well above average!

This program teaches both the theory and practice of computer science. Students can get a general degree in computer science or focus on one of three emphases: information security and assurance, data management or mobile computing. Did you know? A minor in computer science is also available. This 21-credit-hour minor is customizable once the required courses are completed. 

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 degree with an emphasis in information technology, computer business applications or applied computing is available. 

Northwest's 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. This effort ensures Northwest's curriculum is relevant and effective!  


General emphasis

A general emphasis focuses on the essential fundamentals of modern computing. Students will gain cutting-edge skills to create a successful roadmap to their future. If a general emphasis in computer science is in your future, view the 4-year plan.

general emphasis 4-Year PLAN

Data Management

A data management emphasis focuses on the process of storing and organizing data. This is especially important considering how pertinent artificial intelligence is in today's world. To find out which courses align with this emphasis, view the 4-year plan.

data management 4-YEAR PLAN

Information assurance and security

An emphasis in information assurance and security explores the protection of user data. Students learn how to write secure code and implement a secure foundation for end users. For a list of those specific courses, review the 4-year plan.

Information assurance and security 4-YEAR PLAN

Mobile computing

Interested in how applications are created on our phones? The mobile computing emphasis might be for you! Students learn about the intricacies of mobile computing development through a variety of specialized courses like Android or iOS. For more information, review the 4-year plan.

mobile computing 4-YEAR PLAN

Career Ready

“Northwest has an incredible student-to-teacher ratio, which really allows you to have those personal connections with professors and get a very high-quality education as well as the college experience you are looking for.” — David Curtis

Career Opportunities

  • IT application analyst
  • Software developer/engineer
  • Web developer
  • Database administrator
  • Computer programmer
  • Software architect

What Can I Do With a Major in Computer Science?


MINK WIC (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas Women in Computing) empowers women in the computing and technology fields by encouraging them to share experiences and strategies for success. In previous years, more than 240 students, educators and professionals from the region gathered to share their passion for computer science and technology.


Student Organizations

The Association of Computing Machinery promotes interests in computers and applications and connects like-minded individuals. 

The Association of Computing Machinery - Women's (ACM-W) also 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.

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