Computer Science Degree

Computers and the internet continue to become increasingly ingrained with our work and personal lives. As society’s reliance on these technologies progresses, skilled computer scientists are in higher demand than ever.

With a computer science degree from Hardin-Simmons University, you’ll be prepared to enter the fast-growing field of computer science as an expert developer, cybersecurity technician, network administrator, and so much more.

Our bachelor’s in computer science degree program offers you a balanced combination of in-class practice and hands-on experience working with real-world local companies to help build a robust resume. You’ll benefit from a supportive community of experienced faculty mentors and career advisers so you can excel from your first day to well after graduation.

What You’ll Learn as a Computer Science Major

When you earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science at HSU, you’ll build a strong foundation in coding languages, developing networks, and designing elegant user experiences, among many other skills. You will master these hard skills while also improving soft skills such as creative problem-solving, communication, and professionalism. Combined, these tools will help you stand out both in the job market and in the workplace.

If you’re fascinated by the innerworkings of computers and network systems, our computer science minor also offers a complementary degree to almost any field of study.

Program Contact

Dr. Terry Sergeant- Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Terry Sergeant

Professor of Computer Science

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Why Major in Computer Science at Hardin-Simmons?

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Collaborative and Real-World Learning

Our small class sizes provide many opportunities to collaborate with your peers and build long-lasting professional networks. Our upper-level courses have about 10 students, which means you’ll also receive the attention and support of highly skilled faculty dedicated to helping you succeed every day. Your computer science degree will culminate in a senior project in which you’ll work in a team to solve real-world issues for a local company.

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Community Building

The computer science department hosts parties every semester so you can wind down while building lasting friendships with other computer science majors. Carve pumpkins and watch MST3K in the Fall. Spring’s party includes pizza and highly competitive rounds of 9-square.

HSU Information Science student in computer lab

Seasoned and Knowledgeable Faculty

As a computer science major, you’ll get to work with faculty who have years of experience both inside the classroom and in the professional world. You’ll benefit from their commitment to preparing students for the skills and knowledge you’ll need every day on the job.

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What Can You Do With a Computer Science Degree?

Graduates of Hardin-Simmons University’s bachelor’s degree in computer science program go on to work as game designers and programmers, system security engineers, and UX designers. If you are interested in continuing your education, our bachelor’s in computer science provides you with a solid grounding of knowledge and skills to build further experience on.

Enjoy the job security of a growing field when you major in computer science at HSU. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for computer scientists will grow 22 percent within the next decade, adding more than 3,000 new jobs every year.

Top Jobs for Our Bachelor’s in Computer Science Graduates

  • Software engineer
  • UI/UX designer
  • Data scientist
  • Web developer
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • IT specialist

Salary for Computer Science Degree Graduates

In addition to the phenomenal job outlook, if you major in computer science, you can look forward to a lucrative and rewarding career. According to the BLS, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, you can earn on average $126,830 a year doing what you love.

Program Details

Hardin-Simmons University takes pride in its commitment to helping future computer scientists afford their educational experience. Find more information about financial assistance for computer science majors.

Napoleon Musonera

Napoleon MusoneraNapoleon works at L3Harris in Greenville, Texas, as a System Security Engineer. He has been in the Cyber Security Industry for 7 year now. L3Harris is a global leader in manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and electronic warfare platform solutions and services.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Improve our security posture through mitigation of vulnerabilities and ensure security compliance.
  2. NSA administrator on some of our systems.
  3. Provide field support to our men in uniform
  4. Top Secret [TS/SI] Clearance is required

“I graduated from HSU with a Bachelors of Science in Computer science with minor in Mathematics. I recently graduated from SMU with my Masters of Science in Security Engineering. HSU’s CSCI program was the backbone of my success story. Fun fact … I re-took Program design 1 in my senior year! Great teachers made it so much easier to learn the fundamental/foundation and the key concepts in computer science. They made it fun, too, in the process.”

Ryan Kana

Ryan KanaRyan is currently the Vice President of Datroo Technologies in Abilene.  They are a full service Managed Service Provider and Technology Solutions company and provide storage, virtualization, phone systems, security, and networking services to business all across North America.

Ryan says, “A simple question can solve a complex problem. While going through the CSCI program at HSU I could always count on my professors to make the time to encourage me and guide me to find the answers while working through problems. I took this example and lived it  into my work today. I strive to make time to not just give the answers to employees and co-workers, but also to help them work through the solutions and find the answers themselves.”

Samantha Snead

Samantha SneedAfter I graduated from HSU with a Computer Science degree, I spent roughly 4 years as a software engineer with Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, aka “Skunk Works.” Recently I’ve began pursuing a master’s degree in game programming at DePaul University. I’m a subject matter expert for Freedom Learning Group where I draft technical documents and create course content related to software development for clients in the education industry.

I am extremely passionate about programming and technology in general. That passion was birthed in the heart of Hardin-Simmons University. After switching majors a few times and not having a clear direction of what I wanted to pursue, I found myself in an intro to programming class where I fell head over hills in love with the problem solving and puzzle-like aspects of programming. I was immediately sold; I knew this was what I was born to do. Doing my homework felt like a challenging game and completing assignments felt like I was beating the game.

What sets HSU’s CS program apart is the truly amazing faculty. Not only are the professors very enthusiastic about what they do, but I felt that they genuinely cared about me and wanted to see me succeed. Because the CSCI program is relatively small at HSU the faculty can give more personalized attention to individual students. They encourage students, push them, and challenge them.

During my time at Hardin-Simmons I experienced a tremendous amount of growth, both as a programmer and as person. I’m certain I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the lessons I learned at HSU as well as the friendships and mentors I have gained.