Computer Science Faculty and Student

Computer Science (B.S.)

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What is computer science?  There are many definitions of computer science with one of the most basic being:

 com•put•er sci•ence (n): the study of the technology of computers and their applications.

While this provides for a very broad definition of computer science, it is fairly accurate since computer science is the study of just about anything that has to do with computer technology.  It spans the range from theory through programming to the latest developments in computing solutions.

The work of a computer scientist typically falls into three categories:

  • designing and implementing software
  • developing effective ways to solve computing problems
  • devising new ways of using computers and computing technology


Not only has computer science become a core discipline, it is one that continues to grow.  This broad nature of the discipline has led to an extensive application to virtually every other field conceivable.  Fortunately for the computer scientist, this opens many doorways for potential career paths.

The Program

Our computer science program is based upon guidelines as specified in the latest report by The Joint Task Force on Computing Curricula of the IEEE Computer Society and The Association for Computing Machinery.  The department regularly reviews and adapts the program to ensure that it not only continues to satisfy these guidelines, but also meet the needs of the students and the organizations of which they will be part.

The Faculty

The faculty stays abreast of changes in the computing industry.  This allows for the incorporation of new technologies and ideas into the program to provide students with a solid foundation on which they can build during their careers.

The Results

Successful computer science graduates find themselves faced with a variety of career paths.  These include application/system programmers, systems analysts, software engineers, database administrators, and network administrators to name a few.

If you believe that you would enjoy the challenges of a growing, dynamic and exciting field, a degree in computer science might be in your future. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Henderson State University can help you achieve this.

Come be part of IT!

For additional information regarding a major in computer science, contact Jim Harper, Computer Science Coordinator.

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David RussellBachelor of Science in Education - Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (4-8), 1969
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