Computer Science Department

Prepare for an evolving field

Computer Science is the study of programming, algorithms, and hardware. Computer scientists create systems that are correct, reliable, and efficient.

  • Computing is a broad and rapidly-changing field that connects to and draws from many disciplines, including mathematics, electrical engineering, psychology, statistics, fine arts, linguistics, and physical and life sciences.
  • Computer science students learn to integrate theory and practice, to recognize the importance of abstraction, and to appreciate the value of good engineering design.
  • Coursework must prepare students for lifelong learning and must include professional practice, such as communication skills, teamwork, and ethics. (from ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curricula 2013)

Software Development Option

In 2016 the Missouri State University Computer Science Department introduced a second degree option for a Computer Science major. Both degree options are Computer Science degrees. For more information see Software Development.

Comparison of the existing Computer Science option and the new Software Development option:


The existing and continuing Computer Science option of the Computer Science degree

The new Software Development option of the Computer Science degree

The degree minor

A Math minor is contained within CS required courses. If you wish, add a second minor

Choose any MSU minor from the dozens available. See the FAQs for link to list

Math beyond pre-calculus level

Four courses. These courses complete your Math minor

One course


Accredited by ABET


Employer enthusiasm

With 80% of Spring 2015 graduates reporting, average salary is $55,600 with a high of $80,000

Our Advisory Board, made up of MSU CSC grads in industry leadership, have told us that a Software Development option will be attractive to their companies. (There’s a shortage of Computer Science majors!)

Number of CS students at MSU

Fall 2018: about 220

Fall 2018: about 180

Career prospects



We have updated the curriculum of both CS options to the recommendations of CS educational policymakers, represented by the ACM and IEEE professional organizations.

Use your creativity to solve problems

Creativity plays a large part in the computer science profession, especially in the popular fields of computer/video game design, mobile app development and computer forensics.

Undergraduate programs

Graduate programs

Inspiring Academics

Knowledge based on experience — Missouri State’s approach to learning sets you up for success with insight from expert faculty, personalized advising and diverse learning opportunities.

Unbeatable Value

A smart investment in your future — Missouri State is committed to delivering academic excellence along with affordable costs and extensive financial aid opportunities.