Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
Why study Computer Science & Engineering at Taylor?
Taylor offers studies in systems, new media, and missions in a state-of-the-art science complex. And you will be attending a university that has been ranked number one in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report for nine years in a row.
Our faculty are as intentional in knowing you and helping you build your faith, as they are in helping you learn to think critically, ethically and theologically about the work you will do wherever God places you after graduation. Read testimonies from current students and alumni about their experience in Taylor's CSE department.
Read what our department has to offer. If you have questions or want to learn more about computer science at Taylor, contact Dr. Art White, Chair of the CSE department.
Computer Science & Engineering competitions
- ACM East Central North American Regional Programming Competition: This competition is well-known throughout the computing industry and includes more than a hundred teams from our region and thousands of teams from other regions. Each region holds a local competition in the fall and the top two or three teams from each region compete in an international competition the following spring. We typically finish in the top quarter of teams. We have placed 8th (2002), 14th (2007), 10th (2008), and 15th (2012).
- CCSC Competition: Taylor University participates in a smaller regional contest held in conjunction with the Midwest meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. We placed third in the CCSC competition in 2013. Since 2006, we have provided the software and expertise to run this competition.
- Taylor University Programming Competition: Taylor has received positive feedback for the open competition we host for other Indiana schools and other Christian colleges and universities. Indiana schools participate on site in Upland, and the Christian colleges participate via the web. We developed our own software to host this competition.
Internships provide CSE majors with the opportunity to apply their learning in job situations in industry, software start-ups, corporations, and missions organizations. Our interns generally get great reviews from employers who cite their technical knowledge, interpersonal skills, and sense of responsibility. Many interns are told a position is available for them upon graduation, if they so choose. See what employers have said about CSE interns.
All CSE students work on real-world projects in groups. It is crucial for students to learn how to work in groups, because that is how work is done in the real world. We prepare you to handle problems with people and technology.
See a list of projects we have worked on by visiting our department website.
Study abroad and travel opportunities
- Missions: In partnership with the Taylor Center for Missions Computing, CSE students can use and develop their computing skills while serving the Kingdom. During J-term 2011, a CSE team traveled to England to serve at Operation Mobilization (OM), and contributed directly to a complex software system that helps operate and manage OM's global ministry. This trip echoed CSE's very first missions computing trip: a 1979 project aboard one of OM's missions ships. CSE expects to send another team of students to serve during J-term of 2014.
- Business as Missions: Taylor CSE and Systems students have been increasingly involved in Business as Mission (BAM) opportunities over the past few years. Recently, a Systems student completed his internship at one such organization in an Asian country. Back on campus the following fall, his experience allowed CSE students to design and prototype inventory control and ordering software for the BAM organization.
- Lighthouse: Students are highly encouraged to participate in a J-Term Lighthouse trip. These 3-week missions trips go all over the world. Students engage in service projects, ministry, community development, English teaching, performing arts, leadership development, evangelism, discipleship and more under the direction of faculty sponsors and international hosts. Recent Lighthouse destinations include: India, the Czech Republic, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Ecuador, Singapore and Thailand.
Learning outside the classroom
- Community Service: CSE is regularly involved in service to the community, both locally and globally. For example, CSE students and a faculty advisor created the Books for Bingham project, an initiative to collect and donate several pallets of books and computers for an underdeveloped Christian college in Nigeria. Locally, CSE supports the community by contributing computers, network equipment, and the expertise of faculty and students to schools like The King's Academy, a nearby Christian academy for K-12 students.