Discover Computer Science

Computer science majors are part of a constantly evolving field that has virtually unlimited growth. From programming technology for major companies to creating video games that are played by millions, computer scientists build and maintain complex technological systems used throughout society. 

 

Pacific’s computer science program offers three concentrations, which define a focused set of upper-division elective courses:

  • graphics and simulation
  • networking and computer security
  • software development.

All three concentrations are built upon a foundation of math, science and engineering that prepares students to be successful and adaptable as new technologies emerge. 

The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Clarissa Franke portrait.
Class of 2019
Clarissa Franke

"Computer science is one of those topics that has applications in almost every other field. At Pacific, we studied a variety of different applications, from video games and virtual reality to artificial intelligence." 

Exceptional professional outlook

Starting salaries for Pacific computer science graduates average over $14,000 higher than the national average. Computer scientists are also some of the best-paid professionals in the workforce today, with starting salaries between $50,000 and $70,000. 

students working in computer lab

Accelerated MSCS option

Students enrolled in the computer science program can work with their academic advisors to start taking graduate courses as they complete undergraduate degree requirements. Please contact Kathy Libres for more information about the accelerated program and for an application.

Earn while you learn

Students in the computer science program have the opportunity to complete a two academic term, paid CO-OP working in a related industry and earn an average of $3,700 a month. The professional experience is one way Pacific gives students a competitive edge in the computing job market. 

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Computer Science
Minor in Computer Science

First Year

FALL

  • COMP 051 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CORE 001 Problem Solving and Oral Communication
  • ENGR 010 Dean's Seminar
  • MATH 045 or 051 Calculus
  • General Education Course

SPRING

  • COMP 053 Data Structures
  • CORE 002 Writing and Critical Thinking
  • General Education Course
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

 

Second Year

FALL

  • COMP 047 Discrete Math for Computer Science
  • COMP 055 Application Development
  • Lab Science Course
  • General Education Course

SPRING

  • ECPE 071 Digital Design
  • ENGR 030 Engineering/Computing Ethics in Society
  • MATH 037 Introduction to Statistics/Probability
  • Lab Science Course
  • General Education Course

 

Third Year

FALL

  • COMP 147 Computing Theory
  • COMP 157 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • ECPE 170 Computer Systems and Networks
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

SPRING

  • COMP 141 Programming Languages
  • COMP 173 Operating Systems
  • ENGR 025 Professional Practice Seminar
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

SUMMER

  • ENGR 181 Professional Practice (CO-OP)

 

Fourth Year

FALL

  • ENGR 182 Professional Practice (CO-OP)

SPRING

  • COMP 195 CS Senior Project
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

First Year

FALL

  • COMP 051 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CORE 001 Problem Solving and Oral Communication
  • ENGR 010 Dean's Seminar
  • MATH 045 or 051 Calculus
  • General Education Course

SPRING

  • COMP 053 Data Structures
  • CORE 002 Writing and Critical Thinking
  • General Education Course
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

 

Second Year

FALL

  • COMP 047 Discrete Math for Computer Science
  • COMP 055 Application Development
  • General Education Course
  • Lab Science Course

SPRING

  • ECPE 071 Digital Design
  • MATH 037 Introduction to Statistics/Probability
  • General Education Course
  • Lab Science Course

 

Third Year

FALL

  • COMP 157 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • ECPE 170 Computer Systems and Networks
  • ENGR 030 Engineering/Computing Ethics in Society
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

SPRING

  • COMP 141 Programming Languages
  • COMP 173 Operating Systems
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

 

Fourth Year

FALL

  • COMP 147 Computing Theory
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Free Elective or Minor Course
  • Free Elective or Minor Course

SPRING

  • COMP 195 CS Senior Project
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • Computer Science Elective Course
  • ENGR 025 Professional Practice Seminar

Computer Science Program Educational Objectives

Through their careers in computing or a related profession, Pacific graduates are expected to demonstrate the following within a few years of earning their Bachelor of Science in Computer Science:

  • Graduates will employ design skills and technical knowledge that contributes to building or utilizing computing systems in a variety of professional careers.
  • Graduates will work effectively in team environments, utilize communication skills, and grow and adapt to a world of evolving technology.

Computer Science Program Student Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science will have acquired the ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

Academic Year Enrollment Awarded Degrees
2020 216

43

2019 223 36
2018 215 34
2017 184 33
2016 152 47

Engineering and Computer Science Scholarship Application Instructions

How to Apply

  • Visit https://pacific.academicworks.com
  • Sign in using your Pacific Net ID and Password
  • Complete the General Application
  • Complete the Conditional SOECS Application
  • Choose "Apply" for any recommended scholarship opportunities based on your responses and academic profile.  Please read the scholarship criteria carefully to confirm that you are qualified BEFORE you apply.
  • You will need to upload an unofficial transcript.
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ANY ENGINEERING OR COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJOR

Name of Scholarship Qualification Criteria
Maryam H. Dashti Endowed Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                 Merit-Based; first preference for a student from Kuwait; second preference for a student from Gulf States Region; third preference for international student
B.G. Glenn A Goddard Veteran's Endowed Scholarship Merit-Based, currently serving in a military reserve program, honorably discharged veteran or participant in ROTC program.
Robert L. Heyborne Endowed Scholarship Merit-Based, full-time undergraduate student, minimum 3.0 GPA, Junior/Senior standing preferred
George and Sue Schroeder Endowed Scholarship Undergraduate School of Engineering & Computer Science student, Minimum 3.2 GPA
Paul M. Sensibaugh Engineering Endowed Scholarship Merit-Based, preference for students who have graduated or transferred from San Joaquin County Schools
Louise Stark Endowed Scholarship for Women Engineers

Need-Based, Undergraduate Female, Good Academic Standing, minimum 2.5 GPA

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJORS ONLY

Name of Scholarship                                  Qualification Criteria                                                                  
John and Sallie Chaney Endowed Scholarship (administered by Dean's Office)                                                                                                                  Need-Based, Freshman, U.S. citizen preferred, entering with at least a 3.25 GPA, renewable with 3.00 GPA and continued enrollment in SOECS or ESB
Rolin and Gwynne Beach Wade Endowed Scholarship for Computer Science Female, US Citizen, Minimum 3.5 GPA, 3.25 to renew 

Contact Us

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School of Engineering and Computer Science
209.946.2655

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School of Engineering and Computer Science
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211