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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).

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  • Course Schedule

    The following course schedule provides a suggested framework for students pursuing the BCS degree. Any exemptions a student can bring from high school would increase the flexibility of this schedule. (Students who started before 2021 and are using the old core curriculum should pursue this older suggested schedule and use this older BCS reduced core curriculum.)

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    Notes
    #1. CS 108 is common here, but CS 106 or 104 can work as well.
    #2. The core categories for the Mathematical Sciences & the Natural Sciences are covered by the BCS cognate requirements provided that the BCS student chooses their science electives carefully.
    #3. This schedule assumes that BCS students opt out of World Languages II but fail to exempt out of World Languages I. Students can choose to opt out of a different Knowledge & Understanding category.
    #4. BCS students must take oral rhetoric (COMM 101) for one of the Arts & Rhetoric category courses.
    #5. This schedule assumes that BCS students also opt out of Social & Behavioural Sciences #2. Students can choose to opt out of a different category.
    #6. BCS Students may be able to find tagged courses in the major.
    #7. Some CS Electives are 4 hours; here, this schedule assumes one such 4-hour elective.
    #8. Student needs 124 total hours to graduate.

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