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Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS)

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Degree Overview

Join a challenging, distinguished program that gives you both breadth and depth in computer science.

In intense classes, you’ll explore areas like software engineering, computer architecture, digital security, and 2D and 3D design. You’ll learn from—and do research alongside—professors with industry experience in fields like artificial intelligence and supercomputing.

On top of that, our BCS degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. It’s a distinction we share with a small number of significant programs around the country, such as MIT and the University of Michigan.

The result? Calvin BCS students go on to succeed at these and other graduate schools. They work for major technology firms internationally and locally, such as Google, Microsoft, Steelcase, Spectrum Health, and other business enterprises. And so can you.

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Program Distinctives

 
A Christian mindset - Your professors are committed Christians who are passionate about making technology not just powerful, but also just. You’ll join that pursuit in local outreach programs and even study-abroad opportunities, where you’ll see firsthand how technology can improve lives.
 
The right skills - Gaining an edge in graduate school and your career requires that you be a good communicator on top of your mastery of programming and technical skills. Calvin’s BCS makes sure you pick up those critical “soft” skills.
 
Abundant resources - You’ll work with facilities and equipment normally found at big research school. That includes four class labs and three research facilities, including a Beowolf-class supercomputing lab that you might even use for your own research.

Degree Information

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  • Overview

    The BCS degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://abet.org, a distinction we share with a small number of significant programs around the country (e.g., MIT and the University of Michigan).

    The BCS has a reduced core curriculum requirement. In summary, the BCS core is the same as the standard core, but it: reduces the world languages to two semesters (or two years of high school language); and drops the Persons in Community and Global/Historical requirements.

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  • Course Schedule

    The following course schedule provides a suggested framework for students pursuing the BCS degree. The program conforms to the reduced BCS core curriculum. Any exemptions a student can bring from high school would increase the flexibility of this schedule.

    YearFallInterimSpring
    Freshman
    • CS 108 (4)
    • MATH 171 (4)
    • Language 101** (4)
    • IDIS 149 (1)
    • Core (3)
    • CS 195 (0)

    Total: 16
    • IDIS 150 (3)
    • CS 112 (4)
    • MATH 172* (4)
    • Language 102** (4)
    • Core (3)
    • CS 195 (0)
    • PER (1)

    Total: 16
    Sophomore
    • CS 212 (3)
    • MATH 251 (3)
    • ENGR 220 (4)
    • Core (3)
    • CS 195 (0)
    • PER (1)

    Total: 14
    • CCE (3)

    • CS 214 (3)
    • MATH 252 (3)
    • Core (3)
    • Core (3)
    • Core (3)

    Total: 15
    Junior
    • CS 262 (3)
    • CS elective (3-4)
    • Elective (3)
    • Core (3)
    • CS 295 (0)
    • PER (1)

    Total: 13-14

    • CS 232 (3)
    • CS elective (3-4)
    • STAT 243* (4)
    • Core (3)
    • CS 295 (0)

    Total: 13-14
    Senior
    • CS 396 (2)
    • CS elective (3-4)
    • SCI elective (4)
    • Elective (3)
    • Core (3)
    • CS 295 (0)

    Total: 15-16
     
    • CS 398 (2)
    • CS elective (3-4)
    • CS 384 (3)
    • SCI elective (4)
    • PER (1) 
    • Elective (3)

    Total: 15-16
    * MATH 172 and STAT 243 are commonly recommended for BCS students, but there are other options. See the list of possibilities in the "Courses" list specified above.
    ** BCS students with two years of high school language (other than English) are not required to take Language 101 & 102.

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