“Computing: All our constants are variables” –- if constant change appeals to you, then a major in one of the computer degrees should be your choice. If you enjoy problem solving, working alone and with others, being creative, having opportunities for making a difference, regularly learning something new, and change, then you should pursue a degree in computing or, at least, consider it as a minor.
The BBA—Computer Science Emphasis degree is accredited through ACBSP. The BS in Computer Science degrees are accredited through HLC.
|Program Option||Degree Plan|
|Bachelor of Science in Computer Science|
|Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Interdisciplinary Emphasis|
|Bachelor of Business Administration—Computer Information Systems|
|Minor in Computer Science|
|Minor in Business Information Systems and Strategies|
What makes an OBU Computer Science degree special?
Graduates of the OBU Computer Science department are highly regarded and sought as employees by many diverse organizations. The degree programs combine aspects of both theoretical and applied computer science and computer information systems.
OBU’s Computer Science degree programs offer students a solid foundation in mathematics, applied physics, computer programming, computer organization, databases and multi-platform application development. Students work on a yearlong capstone project where they design and develop a complex project for external clients. A unique aspect of the degree is an option to explore interdisciplinary interests: students can combine their interests in computing with a second area of study. Over the years, graduates have completed the BS in Computer Science with interdisciplinary emphases in math, physics, graphic design, art, religion, Spanish, journalism, business, English, psychology and education. Students also have the opportunity to work on faculty-sponsored research projects leading to commercially available software, and publications in leading journals and conferences.
Readings in Computer Science and the Christian Faith
In addition to learning the practical and theoretical skills necessary for a successful and rewarding career in all areas of computer science and information technology, possessing even a surface level understanding of the big questions related to the Christian worldview and computer science (especially artificial intelligence) will help lead students to be a better-equipped ambassador for God's Kingdom. Such questions include:
- What does it mean to be human (or "made in the image of God")?
- What is intelligence and what does it mean to possess it?
- What is the future of artificial intelligence and how will it interact with or even change our understanding of sentient or conscious life?
Along with the general and technology knowledge shared in each class within the program, students will read and discuss such topics in a Christ-centered context. To achieve this, students will read and discuss works that address these issues. Examples of these books that students have read (or will read) include the following:
- A Christian Field Guide to Technology for Engineers and Designers by Ethan J. Brue, Derek C. Schuurman and Steven H. VanderLeest
- The Robot Will See You Now: Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Faith edited by John Wyatt and Steven N. Williams
- Technology and Religion : Remaining Human in a Co-created World by Noreen Herzfeld
- The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry by S. Joshua Swamidass
- Cognitive Science, Religion and Theology : From Human Minds to Divine Minds by Justin L. Barrett
What are OBU grads doing with their Computer Science degrees?
Graduates have gone to work with the following companies:
- Lockheed Martin
- Bank of Oklahoma
- Defense Information Systems Agency
- Vertical Learning Curve
- MY Consulting Group
Additional companies include:
- Ernst & Young
- Hobby Lobby
- Baptist Annuity Board
- The Peace Corps
- Northrup Grumman
- The International Mission Board
- Local, state, national and tribal governments
Career paths include programmer, system analyst, database developer, database administrator, software engineer, network manager, quality assurance tester, technical support, technical writer, technical service representative, teacher and web designer/developer/programmer.
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