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Fowler School of Engineering

» Bachelor of Science in 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.


Our Bachelor of Science in Computer Science teaches you to 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 or exploring the relationship between human and machine learning.

Our faculty maintain relationships with industry professionals — and many continue to serve as practicing engineers. These relationships give students a balance of theoretical learning with opportunities for practical industry experience. And that's not all — faculty also work with students on projects that result in the co-authorship and publication of real scholarly works. Here, students have the opportunity to become researchers on day one.


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Grand Challenges Initiative

Students pursuing any B.S. degree in the college must 1) satisfy their First-Year Foundations Course (FFC) requirement by enrolling in a Grand Challenges Initiative FFC section; and 2) enroll in and pass 3 (ideally consecutive) 1-credit Grand Challenges Initiative seminars. Students who enter the Fowler School of Engineering after their first year either by transfer or change of major must seek advising from the Grand Challenges Initiative Program Director to design an individual plan for program participation.

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GPA and Grade Option Requirements

Students pursuing any degree in the college must maintain a 2.000 grade point average in the major and a 2.500 grade point average for all lower-division courses in the major. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade except for those that may only be taken or that have a default grading option of P/NP.

Degree Program Honors

Students must have a major GPA of 3.500 or higher by the conclusion of the term prior to graduation and must have completed a minimum of 120 hours of independent research. Completion of independent research includes the completion of a scientific paper in the relevant scientific field, or an oral presentation to the faculty, or a poster presentation at the Chapman University Student Research Day. Additionally, a vote by the appropriate faculty group that the research and corresponding artifacts were of sufficient quality to merit honors is required. Additional degree program honor requirements, if they exist, are listed under the degree program description.

Transfer Prerequisites

Several majors at Chapman University require and recommend foundation and/or prerequisite courses. To find how your transferable courses at your college match Chapman’s prerequisites, you can use Transferology.

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Accelerated Undergraduate/Master of Science in Computational and Data Sciences

Students completing undergraduate engineering degrees are eligible to complete an additional year of study to obtain an M.S. in Computational and Data Sciences degree in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. Computational science is an interdisciplinary field in which computers and mathematics are used to model and simulate biological and physical processes found in the natural world. This graduate degree consists of four areas of study: bioinformatics and computational biology, analytics and applied mathematics, computational economics and earth system science. Graduate courses used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements, may also satisfy up to 12 credits of graduate coursework and may be double-counted towards both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. For specific criteria, refer to the Schmid College of Science and Technology’s section of the graduate catalog.

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Fowler School of Engineering applicants are eligible for scholarships that will augment or, in some cases, fully replace the standard financial aid package provided by Chapman University. Scholarships range from an annual $2,000 to 100% of tuition, room and board.

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Possible Careers

As computing continues to transcend the boundaries between fields of study, there are no limits to what someone with a degree in this area can pursue. Our graduates find positions as systems engineers, software architects, cybersecurity specialists and bioinformaticians.

A degree in computer science will put you on an exciting career path, whether you want to help Google make computing ubiquitous, help launch the next manned mission to the moon or develop your own research agenda in a graduate program. 

Computer Programmer
Create, modify and test the code that allows computer applications and programs to run.

Software Developer
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for applications.

Systems Manager
Plan, direct or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis and computer programming.

Student Outcomes

Keeping Panthers Cyber-Safe

“I’ve used my time at Chapman to start making the world a safer place."
— Rachel Ross '21, Computer Science Major with Minor in Music Technology

Learn how Rachel Ross is helping to protect people from cyber criminals »

Student and Alumni Achievement »

Next Steps

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