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Computer Science Major/Minor

Behind-the-Screens

Explore behind-the-scenes of modern technology and use computing to solve real-world problems with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Taylor’s Computer Science students build a foundational knowledge of computational problem solving, multi-tier web development, and software and algorithm design.

The core Computer Science curriculum builds computer system analysis, design, and development skills. You also have the option to take elective Computer Science classes in artificial intelligence, graphics, information security, computer systems, and computing and missions to direct your major toward your passions.

If you choose to add the Systems curriculum to your degree, you will be trained in the complex enterprise of processes and systems. Because of the technology-driven 21st century, your faculty will encourage you to take the theories and hands-on experience from your education and explore the ethical issues raised by technology.

Outside of the classroom, you will have numerous opportunities for professional development, including extended programming practicums and semester-long research projects. Students interested in missions can even study abroad with Taylor’s Center for Computing Missions.

Computer Science Minor

If you are interested in another major, consider supplementing your passion with a minor in Computer Science. With a Computer Science minor, you will learn the basics of computational problem solving, computer ethics, and systems, in addition to electives of your choice. This minor pairs especially well with Mathematics, Engineering, and Management majors.

Computer Science Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Computer Science & Engineering Department

Dr. Jon Denning, Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
765-998-4931
jon.denning@taylor.edu

Dr. Stefan Brandle, Department Co-Chair & Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
765-998-4685
stbrandle@taylor.edu

Lara Horsley, Assistant to the Computer Science & Engineering, Systems, and Physics & Engineering Programs
765-998-5162
lrhorsley@taylor.edu

Special Programs
  • Systems Curriculum

    Giving you a competitive edge, Systems is an interdisciplinary program created to complement many degrees and strengthen analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills. Learn More

Computer Science & Engineering - CSE Department

Programming You for a Successful Career

With a near-100% graduate placement rate, Taylor’s Computer Science and Engineering department (CSE) hosts one of the premier Computer Science programs in Indiana. The department fosters a Christian environment while teaching rigorous courses that allow students to gain an in-depth knowledge of computer science and technology. Each of our dedicated Christian faculty members specializes in a specific area of Computer Science and takes a personal interest in their students’ education and growth.

Practical Challenges; Real-World Experience

Our students enter national computing and programming competitions, work on real-world projects with peers, and participate in study abroad opportunities in England, Asia, India, and many more international locations. Take a look at a few specific experiences you could get involved with:

  • Regional Programming Competitions: Taylor CSE majors compete in a broad range of regional computing competitions. Well-known throughout the computing industry, ACM East Central North American 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. A smaller contest our students enter, CCSC Competition, is held in conjunction with the Midwest meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. Since 2006, Taylor’s Computer Science & Engineering department has provided the software and expertise to run this competition. Our university even develops its own software to host the Taylor University Programming Competition, an open competition for Indiana schools and other Christian colleges and universities.
  • On-Campus Events: The CSE community often gathers for fun and challenging events like Game Jam, a themed competition where students have 24 hours to plan, design graphics, and build code for video games.
  • Internships: Apply what you’ve learned to the computer science industry, software start-ups, corporations, and missions organizations. Our interns generally receive great reviews from employers who cite their technical knowledge, interpersonal skills, and sense of responsibility. Many internships turn into full-time employment opportunities upon graduation.
  • Missions: In partnership with the Taylor Center for Missions Computing, CSE students can use and develop their computing skills while serving the Kingdom on discipline-focused J-term trips. CSE and Systems students also partner with Business as Mission (BAM) organizations and fulfill technology needs.
  • Community Service: CSE is regularly involved in service to the community, both locally and globally. 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.
Life After Taylor

In addition to a wide variety of careers, there are numerous high-end employers that have hired Taylor computer science and engineering graduates. These include:

  • Accenture
  • Aramark
  • CarMax
  • Chick-fil-A Inc.
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Electronic Arts
  • Eli Lilly
  • Florida Department of Education
  • GE Aerospace
  • Google
  • Grace Community Church
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola
  • North Carolina State
  • Oracle
  • People Federal Savings Bank
  • Rockwell Collins
  • R.T. Logic
  • Sentry Data Systems
  • SquirrelMail
  • Storytelling Pictures
  • Taylor University
  • TreeHouse Foods
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • Wycliffe

Computer science and engineering majors have also entered some of the premier graduate schools in the nation, including:

  • Baylor University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • Trinity International University Center for Bioethics
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Waterloo University
Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Stefan Brandle

Department Co-Chair & Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

stbrandle@taylor.edu

Jon Denning

Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

jon.denning@taylor.edu

Faculty

Jeff Cramer

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

jfcramer@taylor.edu

Jonathan Geisler

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

jngeisler@taylor.edu

Tom Nurkkala

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

thnurkkala@taylor.edu

Dannie Stanley

Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

dnstanley@taylor.edu

Art White

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

arwhite@cse.taylor.edu

Staff

Lara Horsley

Assistant to the Computer Science & Engineering, Systems, and Physics & Engineering Programs

lrhorsley@taylor.edu