The computer science program at Pacific University is characterized by small classes, close interaction with the faculty, and a deep yet broad curriculum rarely encountered at a small university. To prepare students for a discipline that is constantly changing, the curriculum integrates a variety of programming languages in a manner that emphasizes a thorough understanding of language structure. The student experience culminates with a two-semester software engineering capstone sequence that results in a substantial piece of original software. The confidence and knowledge gained from the program allows each student to pursue either a graduate education in computer science or immediate employment with such industry leaders as Intel, Microsoft and Google.
The computer science program maintains common goals for all of its students (majors, minors, and others). Students in our courses learn strategies for abstract problem solving, gain a basic understanding of computers and the broad implications of their use and have the opportunity to hone their computational skills.