Computer Science, BA

Central to Fostering Technical Innovation.

Central’s BA in Computer Science program prepares students for successful careers in the software industry. Students earn a broad range of critical skills in software development, computer security, networking, databases, artificial intelligence, and many more. This alternative to Computer Science- Honors was designed as a fast path to the degree for transfer students and students that change majors after they begin their academic career.

Pairing a Computer Science BA with a complimentary minor bolsters a graduate’s opportunities for job placement and advancement.

Program Features

  • 38-credit program
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes on-campus
  • Flexible curriculum for a short path to graduation
  • Small class sizes
  • Dedicated, diverse faculty who are experts in their field
  • Internship opportunities available
  • Financial aid and scholarships available
  • Free on-campus child care

Students acquire deep technical, computer science skills and work with their advisor to select courses that can set the stage for graduate study or employment in any technical or professional area.

Career Preparation

Central graduates with a BA in Computer Science launch successful careers with the following titles Software Developer, Web Developer, Software Engineer, Database Administrator, Security Analyst, Data Scientist, and more.
Frequently, graduates leave campus with employment offers from leading companies including The Hartford, Aetna, United Technologies, Cigna, and Travelers.

Admissions Contact Information

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Chad Williams
Professor, Department Chair
Computer Science
Maria Sanford Hall

Computer Science at Central is certainly a wonderful program and I would not have obtained my career goals without it. I was able to start a career in my desired field right after graduation thanks to the wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience the program provided and the helpfulness and guidance of the faculty.

Melissa Mulcahy

Did You Know?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for 2021- 2031 is a 25% increase for software developers, with a median salary of $109k and 35% increase for information security analysts, with a median salary of $102k.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will apply a broad understanding of the fundamental theories, concepts, and applications of computer science in their career.
    1. (ABET SO-1) Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
    2. (ABET SO-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. (ABET SO-6) Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
  2. Graduates will be engaged in a wide range of careers and/or graduate studies in computer science or related fields with a passion for lifelong learning.
    1. (ABET SO-5) Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  3. Graduates will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and engaged in collaborative teamwork.
    1. (ABET SO-3) Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Graduates will act ethically and with social responsibility in their careers.
    1. (ABET SO-4) Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.