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Fowler School of Engineering

BS in Computer Science

» Computer Science

Bend computers to your will and innovate the next generation of mobile and enterprise applications by leveraging data structures, algorithms, hardware and software.

You’ll push the frontier of advancement in computer hardware and software and apply the power of computing to other branches of scientific study, whether that means:

  • Developing mobile applications
  • Protecting systems from intruders
  • Exploring the relationship between human and machine learning

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Where This Degree Will Take You

Computing crosses several fields of study, so there are no limits to what you can do with a Computer Science degree. 

Our graduates find positions as systems engineers, software architects, cybersecurity specialists and bioinformaticians. Here are some common career paths:

  • Artificial Intelligence Engineer: Build systems that leverage machine learning and big data to automate complex tasks requiring human-level expertise.
  • Software Developer: Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for applications.
  • Systems Analyst: Plan, direct or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis and computer programming.

Our career advisor will help you explore these options. For more information on career options and outcomes, visit our Computer Science career page.

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Diversity and Affordability

We’re dedicated to making engineering accessible to a diverse group of students. That’s why all applicants are considered for scholarships ranging from $3,000 to 100% of tuition and fees. 

These awards support promising engineering students who are underrepresented in the field and/or are interested in certain disciplines. You can learn more about Engineering scholarships here.

Research Opportunities

Research is a fundamental part of the Computer Science program. Every student spends their first two years conducting research as part of a Grand Challenges Initiative project team.

In addition, we offer opportunities to get first-hand research through coursework, joining a faculty-led project or an internship with an industry partner. Some research areas include: 

  • 3D manufacturing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assistive technologies
  • Integrated circuits
  • Cybersecurity
  • Embedded systems
  • Game development
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine learning
  • Optoelectronics

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Rachel Ross '21
“The Grand Challenges Initiative is preparing me for my future career. It gives a lot of hands-on experience—it’s one of the best ways that we can learn because it is comparable to what we’ll do in the workplace.”

Industry Internships

Internships provide real-world experience that expands your knowledge and creates career opportunities. Chapman also allows students to earn college credit at paid internships. 

We’ll help pair you with a company that aligns with your interests. We have industry partnerships with software engineering, cyber security, defense, aerospace, game development companies—and many more—throughout Southern California. 

Our students have also interned with companies such as:

Ashley Wood '20
At Rhapsody International, Ashley used what she learned in her Data Communications class to build a music player that shows users what they can do with the company’s software development kit (SDK).

Study Abroad Opportunities

Studying and researching abroad can be a valuable part of your undergraduate Engineering experience. It will likely not delay graduation and you may be eligible for a tuition waiver and/or funding awards.

There are several other available options listed below. If you are interested in studying abroad, we are happy to work with you to find the best option:

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skill set. Chapman has hundreds of options.

Below are options we think are especially relevant for Computer Science majors:

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Admission & Tour Information

You can learn more about the application process on the University’s Admission website. You can view the Computer Science recommended prerequisites for transfer students on our Admission website.

While you consider Chapman, we hope you will connect with us virtually.

Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in Computer Science  are also curious about:

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Engineering Minors

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

Contact Us

Program Questions

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(714) 997-6711

Grand Challenges Initiative

GCI students at Chapman University

GCI is a unique two-year research project that is part of the curriculum for all incoming first-year students in Fowler Engineering.

Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is the home of Fowler Engineering and where you will take classes, research and collaborate.

One-Credit Courses

Fowler School of Engineering offers a variety of one-credit courses (298s) on a rotating basis so students can explore a range of areas outside of the core computer science and engineering curricula.