Computer Science and Information Systems

Major in Mathematics or Computer Science

Computer science is the design, implementation, and analysis of software and algorithms that are used to solve problems in a wide range of industries, including business, medicine, communications, entertainment, and manufacturing. The computer science program offers courses that range from entry-level to professional development. These include computer programming, data structures, database management, system analysis and design, operating systems, online information systems, and cybersecurity. The computer science courses are designed to prepare students for a lifetime of learning that will enable them to meet the challenges of future developments in information technology. The program is supported by a variety of computing resources and laboratories which support its educational mission.

About The Program

The Computer Science Department offers a major in computer science leading either to the B.A. degree or the B.S. degree. Each program provides a broad education in fundamentals and problem-solving strategies. The B.A. options offers a basic major in computer science. The B.S. option is designed for students with an additional strong interest in science or engineering. An undergraduate research experience is part of the B.S. option in Computer Science. Both options are appropriate for students who plan to pursue graduate study in the same or related fields. A minor in computer science complements majors in many fields, including biology, business, chemistry, and earth and environmental science.

While the computer science curriculum in the CSIS department provides students with algorithmic analysis, software design and implementation, the computer information systems (CIS) education focuses more on the information collection, storage and retrieval in various areas. The CIS program would prepare students with computer programming, data structures, statistics, and studies on various types of information systems. The Cybersecurity concentration provides students with an opportunity to pursue a career in a related field after graduation.

Note: Students may NOT double major in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

Why Study at VWU?

Pre-Engineering Program at ODU
The Pre-Engineering Program offers students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Wesleyan University and a Master's degree in Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Compute​r, ​​​Electrical, Environmental​, Mechanical, Modeling & Simulation, or Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University.

Independent or guided research projects are en­ couraged and pursued by many students in these programs. Students are offered the opportunity to conduct original research in an area of interest. Students work closely with one or more members of the natural science faculty to develop and conduct a research project, and then present their find­ ings during the semester's undergraduate research symposium or at PORT day. Students are also encouraged to present their findings at a conference. Qualified students assist mathematics instructors in the classroom. Enrollment as a teaching assis­ tant is by invitation of the MATH/CS department. Although the course is required for students seeking certification in secondary education, enrollment is not limited to such students.

Career options in mathematics include:

  • actuary
  • operations research
  • cryptanalyst
  • cost estimator
  • national security analyst
  • statistician
  • and education

Career options in computer science include:

  • software developer
  • programmer
  • system analyst
  • computer administrator
  • and systems consultant