Earn your degree in a top-paying field
Simpson's computer science courses provide excellent preparation for in-demand jobs such as software engineering, information technology and Web development. The department's core classes give students a foundation in computer science and information systems and build on those skills with classes in other disciplines.
- According to the NACE, computer science is the second best paying four-year degree a student can get.
- Hands-on learning takes place from the first class through the last. During an introductory programming course, students create simple video games. Computer science majors have collaborated with students from other academic departments to create educational computer games for children.
- Simpson participates in the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance and the Oracle Academic Initiative, which provide students with an extensive array of software for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX based systems.
Required Major Courses (44 credits)
MAGT 131: Management Concepts 4cr.
MIS 145: Management Information Systems 4cr.
CmSc 150: Introduction to Programming 4cr.
CmSc 155: Data Structures and Object Oriented Programming 4cr.
CmSc 255: Introduction to Database Systems and SQL 4cr.
CIS 120: Web Development 4cr.
CIS 385/386: Capstone Course 4cr.
- CIS 385: Students must work on either a significant research project, a significant software development project, or a development project as part of an internship. Prerequisite: Completion of at least one 300-level CmSc or CIS course, submission of a proposal, and senior standing. Offered every spring.
- CIS 386: Students must work on either a significant research project, a significant software development project, or a development project as part of an internship. This is a one credit version of 385 for when a student is working on an internship or project in combination with another major that does not require an additional four credits of load. Prerequisite: Completion of at least one 300-level CmSc or CIS course, submission of a proposal, and senior standing. One credit. Offered every semester.
CIS 260+ Electives 16cr.
I love the work I’m doing. They’re keen on training and making sure I have all the help I need…Last semester’s independent study, Capstone, and Professor Brodie’s iPhone course were particularly helpful in preparing me for working with clients and keeping them informed and happy.Clint Hakeman '11