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Math and Computer Science Majors

Computer Science: Software Development

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

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
  • Seminar in Computer Ethics and Professionalism
  • Principles of Statistics OR Applied Statistics

Software Development Concentration

  • C# Programming
  • Web and Mobile Application Programming and Security
  • Networking and Telecommunication 
  • Principals of Programming Languages
  • Fundamentals of Operating Systems 
  • Object-Oriented Software Development 
  • Systems Analysis and Design  

Plus one 200-level or higher Computer Science course

 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 also have found opportunities in other financial, governmental, and insurance offices.