Mathematics/Computer Science Department
Mark Johnson (chair), Robert Franks, Stephen Fyfe
Are you interested in becoming an app developer, software engineer or web developer? Central College offers a broad range of computer science courses where students gain experience working with programming languages such as Python, Java, C++ and PHP, to become application developers, networking administrators, system analysts, web programmers and software engineers.
No previous computing experience is required before beginning the computer science program. The major is designed to be flexible, facilitating study abroad, internships, and second majors, or minors. Introductory courses in Python and Java lay the foundation for a software design course in the second year. After taking these courses, students are prepared for a variety of upper-level courses and electives. The senior year culminates in a senior project of the student’s choice.
Students majoring in computer science will develop their ability to speak, listen, read, and write technical material throughout the major curriculum. If a student’s progress is insufficient, additional coursework in writing or speaking may be recommended by the academic advisor. Final development and evaluation of communication skills will occur in the capstone senior project course, COSC-420.
Students who declare computer science as their major may not declare an information systems major with an emphasis in computer information systems. Students seeking a teaching endorsement should consult the education department.