Bachelor’s in Computer Science

Earn your bachelor’s in Computer Science from PennWest University and be ready to compete in one of the most dynamic, high-demand fields in the world.

You’ll acquire a comprehensive understanding of computer science, enjoy outstanding research opportunities and build the time management and critical thinking skills necessary in today’s fast-paced work environment.

Employers are looking for individuals who have strong math and computer science skills. This fully accredited bachelor’s degree from PennWest, with its rigorous curriculum and research and internship opportunities, gives you a competitive advantage.  

You’ll start with a solid foundation in both math and computer science. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of programming and computer architecture, becoming fluent in at least five programming languages. You’ll then go on to choose electives such as game programming, computer graphics and special topics in computer science.

Working under the guidance of dedicated professors who are experienced in the field, you’ll grow and learn. They will help you through a two-semester senior capstone sequence where you will develop and fully implement a project and present to the computer science faculty and the program’s advisory board.

Along the way, you’ll start to build a professional network through activities sponsored by the Computer Club and through valuable internships and co-ops. You’ll graduate job-ready on day one.

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Credits: 120

Nader Mohamed

ABET Accreditation

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

State-of-the-art labs

Ensure you’re learning the most current industry software.


The median annual wage for software developers in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Computer Science (BS)
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Careers and Salaries

Computer science is one of the fastest growing academic disciplines today and provides an excellent pathway for career success. Nationwide, there is a strong demand for computer science experts in the government and public sectors, in corporations of all sizes, and in colleges and universities. PennWest alumni currently work in a range of career positions, including director of IT, programmer, web developer, clinical systems analyst, professor, software engineer and applications analyst.

Learn more about the Top 10 Reasons to Get a Computer Science Degree

Program Objectives and Outcomes

Mission Statement and Educational Program Objectives

The mission of the computer science program at PennWest is to provide students with a high quality, well rounded education that meets the needs of the Commonwealth.  This high quality program focuses on three objectives:

  1. to produce graduates who will be successful computer scientists in industry and graduate school;
  2. to produce graduates who will remain current in their field as life long learners; and
  3. to produce graduates who will perform ethically and professionally in industry and society.

Student Outcomes

The Computer Science student outcomes are students completing the B.S. in Computer Science will:

  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.

Student Enrollment and Degrees

Academic Year Enrollment
2022 94
2021 95
2020 111
2019 116
2018 127
2017 127
2016 111


Academic Year Degrees Awarded
2022 10
2021 25
2020 27
2019 21
2018 16
2017 23
2016 18


Weifeng Chen

Nader Mohamed
Associate Professor

Anthony Pyzdrowski

Paul Sible
Assistant Professor

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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