Help Us Build the Future
Some people just expect computers to work. That’s OK for them, but you like a challenge. You’re always up for tearing a computer down to its intricate parts or evaluating lines of code to solve a problem. In other words, you’re ready to study computer science at Belhaven University.
Here, you learn why computers work, and you gain a complete understanding of their parts and their immersive languages. And, in a society increasingly dependent on technology, the value of professionals who understand the deep workings of computers is on the rise.
When you study computer science at Belhaven, you learn to work with computer languages and develop professional skills in a supportive environment to prepare to be a future leader in tech.
Computer Science or Computer Information Systems?
At Belhaven, we offer B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems. So, what’s the difference? They both address technology and its impact on our world, but they do so in very different ways:
- Computer Science emphasizes software development, theory, and the underlying math behind the tech.
- Computer Information Systems centers on how the tech is used: desktop support, security solutions, or building apps.
In other words, the programs try to answer these questions:
- WHY does technology work? (Computer Science)
- HOW does technology work? (Computer Information Systems)
Computer Science Degree at Belhaven University
Why You’ll Love Computer Science at Belhaven
In and out of the classroom, you get opportunities for unique learning opportunities. Guest seminars, internships, site visits, and research projects increase learning, boosts your resume, and prepares for your career choice.
We value getting you professional experiences before you graduate from Belhaven, and we encourage our students to pursue internships. Some of our recent intern experiences include Amazon, NASA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Join hackathons, game nights, and service opportunities through our student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. Work on projects across academic disciplines with Belhaven Maker Campus, our unique “maker” movement.
Our faculty members will be your mentors. As experts in their fields, they’re dedicated to helping you learn complex subjects. They know you by name, and they push you to succeed at the highest level.
Computer science graduates can find jobs in big data, artificial intelligence, game design, and cyber security
13:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
Small class sizes mean close-knit learning communities
ACM Student Chapter
Association for Computing Machinery chapter offers networking opportunities and resources
What Can You Do with a Computer Science Degree?
- Application Developer
- Cybersecurity and Information Security Engineer
- Data Scientist
- DevOps Engineer
- Game Designer and Developer
- IT and Network Architect
- Software Architect
Computer Science at Belhaven Teaches You How To…
- Conduct interactive programming
- Design applications
- Implement effective programming practices
- Improve cybersecurity
- Install and manage operating systems
- Perform network management
- Understand data science
- Understand programming fundamentals
Why Trust Belhaven With Your Future?
Our quality is recognized by SACSCOC, which grants our institutional accreditation and authority to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral-level degrees. Plus, we’re consistently recognized by organizations like U.S. News & World Report for our academic excellence, commitment to community service, expert faculty, and overall value.
Computer Science: What You Study
Computer Science Major
Computer Science Major with Software Development Concentration
Video games have invited people into worlds of imagination for decades. Students can now play a role in the development of video games while earning a degree in computer science.
Add a Minor in the How or Why of Tech
20 hours of Computer Information Systems or Computer Science courses
Double Major & Get Your 5th Year Free
Fuel your academic passions and expand your career options. Belhaven offers our freshmen a unique deal: double major, and we’ll pay the tuition if you need a fifth year in school. Double major in two arts programs, pair a business degree with a STEM major … the possibilities are endless!
Opportunities for Computer Science Majors
The Math & Computer Science Club allows students a community with social events, math and coding student support, and opportunities to join both the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is widely recognized as the premier membership organization for computing professionals. As a computer science major, you can become a member of our ACM through our student club, where you have the unique opportunity to network with your fellow majors through hackathons, game nights, and community service opportunities.
Plus, you can attend ACM conferences, join their research endeavors, participate in their awards program, and meet industry professionals who can help further your career.
The “maker movement” — a celebration of creativity, curiosity, hands-on learning, and invention — is alive and well at Belhaven through our Creative Labs program. As a STEAM (art included) student, you’re encouraged to explore your creative side and build projects that solve real-world problems. We empower you with facilities ranging from robotics labs to sculpture studios.
We also promote collaboration, especially with students from our arts programs. By harnessing the power of art and science, there’s no telling what you can accomplish.
As a science or math major at Belhaven, you may apply for the Marion Davis Ridgway and Elise Davis Endowed Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded once per academic year to a STEM student who is pursuing a pre-professional program in the health sciences.
The scholarship can be received multiple times. You must have a minimum ACT score of 29, be admitted to Belhaven, and complete an application and interview process. March 1 is the application deadline each year.
Get Involved With ACM
Hackathons. Game nights. Leadership and service opportunities. Professional networking.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the premiere membership organization for computing professionals. Belhaven’s chapter is a lively fellowship of computer lovers from across campus.
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