Math & Sciences Majors

Computer Science: Numerical Composition

The major in Computer Science is designed for students with interests in the discipline of computing and its applications. The major provides students a background in computer science and mathematics within a liberal arts context. Students acquire a foundation for lifelong personal and professional growth through a variety of career paths, including application programmer/analyst, systems analyst, or graduate study.

Grand View also offers a minor in computer science.

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Courses and Requirements

Department Courses Used to Meet Computer Competency:

  • Computer Proficiency
  • Intro to Programming Using Visual Basic
  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

Prerequisite Courses:

  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Discrete Structures

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Object-Oriented Programming with Data Structures
  • Computer Organization
  • Advanced Object-Oriented Programming with Advanced Data Structures
  • Internship AS NEEDED
  • Seminar in Computer Ethics and Professionalism

Select one of the following two:

  • Principles of Statistics OR
  • Applied Statistics

For Numerical Computing Concentration:

  • Language Lab: FORTRAN
  • Discrete Computational Structures
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithm
  • Principles of Programming Language
  • Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
  • Linear Algebra

One of the following three options:

I. One upper division CPSC course and Calculus with Analytic Geometry II II. Two 200 level or higher CPSC courses (one must be upper division) OR
III. Calculus with Analytic Geometry II  and one upper division MATH course.

Other Computer Science Courses:

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • C# Programming
  • Web Design and Development for E-Commerce
  • Computer Graphics Principles
  • Topics in Computer Science
  • Senior Seminar

 For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

Today computing is a component of any career. Everybody needs some fundamental understanding of what computers are, how they work, and what they can and can’t do. For the computing professional, some potential careers include:

• programming
• system design and analysis
• hardware and software engineering
• information and systems science
• project management
• education
• research
• data processing
• communications

Computing applications abound in:
• the arts and humanities
• natural and social sciences
• medicine
• entertainment
• government
• transportation


Grand View maintains strong ties with the Des Moines area business community. Computer Science students have completed internships for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources, The Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo Bank. Students have found opportunities in the financial and insurance industries as well.