Computer Science

Develop the knowledge for a career in software development and the business skills required by today’s employers.

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Why Study Computer Science?

Computer science opens doors to a variety of careers in software development—a skill increasingly relied upon by organizations across all segments of society. In today’s highly competitive and technology-driven economy, job opportunities abound in corporate, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, and ministry settings. Computer science is one of the top two highest-paying fields for recent college graduates (according to, as well as one of the fastest-growing. Majoring in computer science prepares students through coursework in mathematics, database design concepts, the internet of things, cybersecurity, and more.

Why Study Computer Science at Cairn?

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid.
  • Distinguished by a unique blend of theory and business application, Cairn’s computer science program is continually updated to reflect present industry conditions. Students practice the same hands-on tasks regularly faced by professionals in the workplace.
  • Through both biblical integration and a business emphasis, courses highlight the relationships between hardware, software, and people.
  • Upper-level courses focus on the daily operations of a simulated company, providing a coherent theme closely resembling the software needs of a typical business environment.
  • Students will graduate with a portfolio of professional-level projects they can showcase to future employers. A capstone or internship project will carry skills from the classroom to the workplace.
  • Small class sizes enable personalized mentorship and meaningful relationships with professors, who have decades of industry experience.

Career Paths

  • Software engineer
  • Web developer
  • Java developer
  • Backend developer
  • App programmer
  • Database administrator
  • Business systems analyst
  • Programmer analyst