BA in Computer Science


Program Description


If you have a passion for challenging coursework, practical applications, and problem-solving, a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science or computer information systems may be a great option.

You will discover a strong interrelationship among mathematics, computer science, and physics, reflecting the faculty’s longstanding focus on helping students to find the right program for their skills and interests. The department merges coursework with laboratory activities, practical internships, and opportunities for teaching and leadership. Courses emphasize in-depth group activities, enabling you to tackle challenging projects while developing your interpersonal communication skills. These experiences will provide a solid foundation for future employment or graduate study.

Wartburg supports and encourages undergraduate research and design projects utilizing innovative technology, including virtual reality displays and 3-D visualization software.

Program Fast Facts

The computer science program recognizes the growing and pervasive use of computers and believes that liberal arts colleges are the correct place to explore the function and use of computers. Such study stimulates students’ intellectual development, encourages critical thinking, and teaches analytical evaluation and quantification of observations.

  • Students will develop a coherent and broad-based understanding of the discipline of computer science, including an appreciation for its intellectual depth and for its abstract issues.
  • Students will be prepared to apply their knowledge to produce computer solutions to problems large and small.
  • Students will confront the ethical and social issues associated with the computing field and be prepared to face the personal ethical challenges of the discipline.
  • Students will learn to work and communicate effectively with their peers through group projects and through assignments emphasizing oral and written communication skills.
  • Students will be prepared for success in the computing profession or in graduate school in accordance with their personal ability and goals.


Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics Department have had in the past.

A sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Computer Store Manager, University of Minnesota Bookstore, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • IT Analyst, Credit Suisse, New York, N.Y.
  • Mathematics Teacher, Charles City Community School District, Charles City
  • Web Developer, Emerson Process Management, Marshalltown
  • Product Engineer, John Deere, Waterloo
  • Graduate Student – Physics

A sample of Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Chairman and CEO, Tanner Research, Inc., Monrovia, Calif.
  • Co-Founder/Owner, Fresk, LLC, Des Moines
  • Chief of Research and Development, Airport Authority of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Professor of Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Atomic Data Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

CS Requirements

14 course credits:

  • CS 120 Introduction to Computers and Programming
  • CS 220 Object-Oriented Programming and Introduction to Data Structures
  • CS 230 Organization of Programming Languages
  • CS 270 Software Engineering
  • CS 320 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
  • CS 340 Computer Organization
  • CS 360 Operating Systems
  • CS 460 Systems Design Project
  • CS 461 Perspectives in Computer Science
  • MA 250 Applied Calculus
  • MA 303 Discrete Structures
  • One MA course credit at the 200 level or higher excluding MA 312, MA 371, and MA 461
  • Two CS course credits


Science Center

The Science Center, completed in 2004, represents an expansion and renovation that doubled the size of Wartburg’s science facilities to over 110,000 square feet. The building is designed for hands-on learning and close interaction among students and faculty. Lecture rooms and laboratories, all with Internet access, provide state-of-the-art facilities for biology, chemistry, engineering science, physics, mathematics, and computer science classes.

The Science Center houses four computer laboratories, a greenhouse, animal facilities, molecular biology, and biochemistry suite with a cell culture room, cadaver room, indoor stream facility, student/faculty research areas, and a variety of informal student study areas. Equipment also includes three mobile computer labs, a scanning electron microscope, fluorescent microscopes, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, and research electromagnet. A cardio/CP stress test system is available in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.

Last updated Jul 2018

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