Your Future in Computer Science

The Charleston Southern University Bachelor of Science in computer science is a challenging track of study in the fundamentals of computer science and mathematics. You will learn the skills necessary to enter the exciting fields of computer programming, networking, app design or technical program management. Every student completes a senior project which provides hands-on and real world experience. Computer science offers high job satisfaction and high return on financial investment.

Students within this major may be involved in several student clubs including: ACM Club, Cybersecurity Clubs and UPE Honor Society. 

CSU offers two types of degrees in computer science:

About: Computer Science (BT)

The Bachelor of Technology in computer science at Charleston Southern University is a full four-year degree combining a liberal arts education with a cognate of mostly junior/senior professional courses that prepare the individual to enter the job market at the bachelor degree level. It is designed for persons holding an associate degree in an approved technical field and can be completed online. Because courses transferred in from the associate degree are diverse, each individual’s degree is custom built considering the transferred coursework and the individual’s goals.

  • Successful applicants must have an accredited associate degree in approved areas (e.g., computer technology, telecommunications management or engineering technology).
  • Applicants must also have completed at least one face-to-face programming course (Visual Basic or C++ preferred), and at least a college level course in Intermediate Algebra or have placed into the CSU Math 111 College Algebra course.
  • Each student must take the liberal arts core and at least 18 hours in the cognate (15 hours of which must be at the 300 level or above).
  • The student must attain at least 125 hours to graduate.

17 – 24 months


$515/credit hour
*Note: This figure reflects the cost of the computer science (BT) degree program only. To view a full list of program costs visit Tuition and Costs.

Program Information

Within three to five years after graduation, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in computer science program at CSU are expected to achieve the following:

  • Apply their knowledge and skills to succeed in a computer science-related career and/or obtain an advanced degree.
  • Exhibit effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Practice their profession ethically and recognize societal and global needs from a Christian worldview perspective.
  • Pursue lifelong learning, leading and serving to include participation in professional organizations.

Graduates of all programs will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.

Additionally, for the Bachelor of Science in CS degree:
Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

2020-21: 78
2019-20: 91
2018-19: 83
2017-18: 99
2016-17: 108
2015-16: 82
2014-15: 69

2019-20: 10
2018-19: 8
2017-18: 3
2016-17: 6
2015-16: 6
2014-15: 9

Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

The BS in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Computer Science

Every student completes a senior project which allows the student to have hands-on and real world experiences. With a major in computer science, graduates will experience both high job satisfaction and a high job placement rate and will see financial rewards on the job.

As a Computer Science major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Procedural Programming
  • Scripting Languages
  • Data Structures
  • Computer Architecture
  • Applied Networking
  • Algorithms
  • Advanced Operating Systems

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Software Developer
  • Computer Programming
  • IT Analyst
  • Networking Specialist
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Graduate School
Students talk and laugh in a science classroom.

College of Science and Mathematics

Charleston Southern’s College of Science and Mathematics ensures through its curricula and course offerings that students in all majors demonstrate an understanding of the continuing role of science and mathematics in human progress. In addition, it provides majors in science and science related fields with the necessary skills for successful careers in their chosen major or for further study in graduate school or professional programs.

explore our facilities

Computer Science Labs

Ashby Hall houses classrooms, labs, computer labs, an auditorium and faculty offices for math and computer science. Named for H. E. Ashby. Students will not only learn about programming but also practice it each week in their labs. They will team with other students and professors to further explore topics and gain valuable real world experience. 

explore our facilities

Science Building

The building houses chemistry, biology and research labs, faculty offices and classrooms. A greenhouse is located adjacent to the science building. The greenhouse contains more than 50 different varieties of orchids: both hybrids and species. There is also a bog garden with more than 30 different species of carnivorous plants.


I actually launched my first business from my dorm at CSU. The professors and staff really empowered me to pursue higher education alongside my dreams and served as a perfect launchpad for my career. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for CSU.

Michia Rohrssen / computer science, ’11Co-founder & CEO of Prodigy and partner at Alchemist Accelerator

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