A Loyola student may major in computer science (CS), earning either a B.S. or a B.A. The Department also offers in minor in computer science and a certificate in programming. In every case, the student completes a liberal arts "core" in addition to study in computer science, science, and mathematics. All students complete an introductory sequence that emphasizes the design and implementation of software systems in a high-level language. Introductory hardware concepts are introduced in the required Computer Engineering I course.
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The CS Major
The B.S. degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.
The B.A. degree allows more flexibility in choosing courses and combines more easily with a second major or minor in a non-science related area.
The CS Minor
Students minoring in computer science complete six computer science courses. The minor can easily be combined with a major in the mathematical or natural sciences or business.
A certificate in programming is awarded to any student who completes the first three courses (CS151, CS212, and CS312) in the introductory sequence.
Interdisciplinary majors that include computer science are also possible. Students interested in such a program should consult the Chairs of the departments of both disciplines.