Calvin College's BA/BS in Computer Science program will equip you with skills you need to solve complex problems, create software solutions, and pursue topics that interest you within the field.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science is intended for the student whose primary interest is in Computer Science, but who wishes to pursue additional coursework in other academic areas (e.g., bioinformatics, media studies). It shares most of its courses with the BCS degree, but provides flexibility by requiring fewer courses.

Students whose BA program in computer science includes at least 58 hours of mathematics, computer science or natural science can request a B.S. degree.

Note: In 2019, we're initiating important changes to our academic offerings. See the 2019 Program Changes page or the 2019 New Major Info tab to understand these changes.

Course Requirements

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Program Requirements

Core Requirements

  • CS-108 Introduction to Computing OR
  • CS-106 Introduction to Scientific Computation and Modeling
  • CS-112 Introduction to Data Structures
  • CS-195 Introductory Computing Seminar (3 semesters)
  • CS-212 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CS-214 Programming Language Concepts
  • CS-232 Operating Systems and Networking
  • CS-262 Software Engineering
  • CS-295 Computing Seminar (3 semesters)
  • CS-384 Perspectives on Computing

  • CS-394 Senior Internship in Computing OR
  • CS-396 Senior Project in Computing AND
  • CS-398 Senior Project in Computing II

Two from:

  • CS-300 Special Topics in Computer Science*
  • CS-312 Logic, Computability and Complexity
  • CS-320 Advanced Computer Architecture
  • CS-324 Cross Cultural Engagement across the Digital Divide
  • CS-332 Advanced Computer Networks
  • CS-342 Database Management Systems
  • CS-344 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS-352 Computer Graphics
  • CS-364 Computer Security
  • CS-372 Numerical Analysis
  • CS-374 High Performance Computing
  • IS-337 Introduction to Website Administration
  • ENGR-304 Fundamentals of Digital Systems
  • ENGR-325 Computer Architecture and Digital Systems Design
  • An approved interim

Total Semester Hours: 32-35

* Students may count multiple sections of CS 300 as different advanced electives in their computer science programs, provided those sections address different topics.

A minimum grade of C (2.0) in CS-212, CS-214, CS-232 or CS-262 is required for admission to these concentrations.

Cognates

(18 semester hours)

  • ENGR-220 Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • MATH-171 Calculus I (preferred) OR
  • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
  • MATH-251 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH-252 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

Plus Domain Study

(12 semester hours)

Students in this concentration must also complete at least 12 hours of study with the same course prefix (or that form a cohesive body of study with departmental approval), at least 3 hours of which must be at the 300 level. Core courses and cognate courses will count towards the Plus domain-study requirement.

The following course schedule provides a suggested framework for students pursuing a BA (or BS) in CS.

YearFallInterimSpring
Freshman  
Sophomore  
Junior

Senior  

* MATH 171, 172, and STAT 243 are preferred, but students may choose to take STAT 143 and (MATH 171 or 132) instead.