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Why Become a Computer Science Major at McNeese?

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, McNeese’s bachelor’s degree in computer science incorporates theory and practice into the curriculum through the exploration of current and relevant topics, including software development, video game design, competitive programming, database management and web design. Students can also minor in computer engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation engineering or power engineering.

What is a computer science degree?

At McNeese, the computer science bachelor’s degree program combines a well-rounded general education with traditional and core course work in computer science. Learn how to analyze complex problems and apply the principles of computing and other related disciplines to design, as well as implement and evaluate computing-based solutions. Through practical experience, you will develop the knowledge and necessary skills for jobs related to computers in Louisiana, Southeast Texas and across the country.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)


Program overview

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Develop your scientific and technical knowledge in computers through interdisciplinary studies and hands-on, professional training.

Financial aid and scholarships:

Offering one of the lowest tuition rates in Louisiana, McNeese also helps make college affordable through financial aid and scholarships. Almost 80% of undergraduate students receive some form of support, and the average financial aid award is nearly $9,000. Learn more from the Office of Financial Aid.

Upgraded facilities:

Equipped with the latest computer technology, the academic and training facilities at McNeese provide a variety of resources you need to excel in your career, including robotics and virtual reality equipment.

Applied learning:

Through collaboration with Lake Area businesses and industry leaders, the Department of Engineering and Computer Science offers a robust internship and work-study program. During your sophomore and junior years you can alternate semesters studying full time with working in industry full time for extensive professional experience. Learn firsthand what computer science professionals do while making connections that could lead to job offers after graduation.

Undergraduate research:

Work alongside faculty to develop emerging computer technology that helps solve real-world problems. The computer science major at McNeese offers a variety of opportunities to apply for grant funding, submit papers and articles for publication and attend academic and professional conferences.

Excellence with a personal touch:

With an emphasis on college and career readiness, faculty care about your development and success and provide support and encouragement to help you reach your goals.

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Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Program Concentrations

Applied Computer Science

With course work in software applications, information technology and computer administration, the applied computer science concentration focuses on practical aspects of the computing industry, such as business applications, computer technical support, database and system administration and IT services.

Industrial Computer Science

The industrial computer science concentration prepares students for jobs in engineering and technical services related to computer applications in oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

General Computer Science

With a general computer science concentration, students graduate equipped with a wide range of skills in implementing, processing, analyzing and developing advanced data structures, including techniques and tools used in large-scale software development.

Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do With a Computer Science Degree?

With a bachelor’s in computer science, you can work for a variety of businesses and industries, especially those in the thriving economy of the Lake Area, Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, such as oil and gas and development. Majoring in computer science also builds a strong foundation to pursue a master’s degree or specialized certification.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences – Computer Science
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science in Management Information Systems

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

Student Activities

Join McNeese’s student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and help build community and excitement in the field through activities during Engineering Week and open houses. Other student groups include:

  • Association for Women in Computing
  • Computing Research Association
  • International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology

Become an Ambassador

Ambassadors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science comprise undergraduate students who conduct campus tours, participate in local and regional science fairs, lead Engineering Week activities, support teachers of the CITGO Innovation Academy and organize other STEM-related events.

Specialty Certifications

As a computer science major, you could earn professional certification in one or more specialized computing fields, such as artificial intelligence, database management systems, hardware, network and operating systems and web development.

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Programs Related to the Bachelor’s in Computer Science

Not sure if the computer science bachelor’s program is right for you? Check out these other undergraduate degree programs at McNeese and talk about your options with a recruiter.

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Program Contact

Mitchell Morgan – Department Head