Major in Computer Science

In today’s technology-fueled world, skilled computer scientists are in great demand.

Whether you’re planning a career in software engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, scientific programming or another tech field, a computer science major from Elmhurst College will prepare you to succeed.

Our curriculum focuses on system design for application in science, industry and information management. We teach you not just the theory of computer science, but also how it works in practice. With the theoretical foundations and case studies of applying the theory to current software and hardware, students “learn how to learn,” so that they can adapt to the certain changes they will face in whatever computer-related professional field they pursue.

In a typical year, almost 90 percent of our computer science graduates find jobs in the field within a few months of graduation. Employers value Elmhurst computer science majors because they’re knowledgeable, hands-on contributors with real-world skills and practical experience.

Major Requirements

All computer science majors must take the 11 core courses in computer science and MTH 151301 and CS/MTH 302. It is also highly recommended that a student majoring in computer science take IS 423, MTH 152, MTH 251 and two introductory courses in the natural sciences.

Core Courses

  • CS 220 Computer Science I
  • CS 255 Computer Science II
  • CS 310 Computer Organization and Programming in Assembly
  • CS 318 Object-Oriented Design and Programming Using C++
  • CS 320 Data Structures and Algorithmic Analysis
  • CS 360 Computer Network Systems
  • CS 418 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 419 Java Programming and Web Development or CS 440 Web-Based Applications
  • CS 420 Operating Systems
  • CS 435 Concepts of Programming Languages
  • CS 475 Software Engineering

Sample Course Sequence

The following sample course sequence can be used as a guide in the selection of courses for the major in computer science, but your actual coursework may vary.

Fall Term

  • CS 220
  • MTH 151
  • Two Integrated Curriculum requirements

Spring Term

  • CS 255
  • MTH 301
  • Two Integrated Curriculum requirements

Fall Term 

  • CS 310 
  • CS 318
  • CS/MTH 302
  • One Integrated Curriculum requirement

Spring Term

  • CS 320
  • CS 360
  • Two Integrated Curriculum requirements or electives

Fall Term 

  • CS 419
  • CS Elective
  • Integrated Curriculum requirements

Spring Term

  • CS 320
  • CS 418
  • Optional CS 440
  • Integrated Curriculum requirements

Fall Term

  • CS 420
  • Electives
  • Integrated Curriculum requirements

Spring Term 

  • CS 435
  • CS 475 (Capstone)
  • Electives

We highly recommended that CS majors choose elective courses from the following:

  • CS 468 Internship
  • MTH 152 Calculus II
  • IS 423 Database Management Systems
  • PHY 121, 122 Physics I and II
  • BIO 201 General Biology II
  • CHM 211, 212 General Chemistry I and II
  • GEO 207 Fundamentals of GIS
  • GEO 309 Introduction to Spatial Analysis

The Minor

A computer science minor is available to students who want a strong technology background while majoring in a related scientific or business field. The minor combines introductory studies in computer science with selected mathematics studies as well as exposure to upper-division computer science courses.

Students seeking a minor in computer science must take:

  • CS 220 Computer Science I
  • CS 255 Computer Science II
  • MTH 301 Discrete Mathematics
  • Three 300/400-level computer science courses selected with the approval of the chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

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