Secure Your Future in the Fast-Growing Tech Industry
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree at Webster University empowers you with the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to thrive in the dynamic world of technology. Our Computer Science program is designed around identified core knowledge areas of computer science, offering a balanced blend of theoretical foundations and practical approaches to prepare you for successful entry into the IT workforce or graduate school.
As a Computer Science major, you’ll explore key topics, including software development, algorithms and data structures, computer organization, hardware and architecture, and data and information management.
Our Computer Science degree curriculum goes beyond technical proficiency. You’ll gain insights into the broader impact of technological advancements on social issues and professional practices. Effective written and oral communication of technical material is also emphasized, ensuring you can articulate complex concepts clearly and professionally. Our Computer Science degree also equips you with critical problem-solving skills, enabling you to tackle real-world challenges with confidence.
Tailor Your BS in Computer Science to Your Goals
At Webster, we understand that every student has unique career aspirations and interests. That's why we offer the flexibility to customize your bachelor’s in Computer Science to align with your goals. Choosing an emphasis enables you to specialize in areas that resonate with your passions and future plans. Computer Science is also available as a minor. Emphases available at the Webster Groves campus include:
- Cybersecurity: Gain in-depth knowledge and skills in protecting computer systems, networks and data from cyber threats. Prepare for a career in this high-demand field.
- Machine Learning: Explore artificial intelligence and machine learning, diving into algorithms and models that enable machines to learn and make intelligent decisions. Develop expertise in data analysis and insights.
Program Spotlight: Emphasis in Cybersecurity
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Text on screen: James Curtis, PhD, Chair, Computer and Information Sciences Department
Our program is one of the most unique programs in the United States. When they graduate, will receive their National Security Agency certificate for attending a Center of Academic Excellence designated university. And they will have their degree in computer science with the emphasis in cybersecurity.
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Text on screen: Jacob Curtis, CISSP, Adjunct Faculty, Computer and Information Sciences Department
The virtual labs our students do are designed to show our students what they could come up against in the real world when they go into employment as computer science majors and cybersecurity professionals.
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We use the EC-Council as our academic partner.
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The council is one of the premier organizations in the United States for cybersecurity. We don't use the textbook. We use all of their materials. We use their labs, their exercises.
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The labs are really great because they take you through step by step explaining what you're doing, as you're doing it. You get the hands-on experience with different tools, whether you're working on databases or you're working with websites.
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Having experience with those tools before you even enter the field is going to be very useful.
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One of the things we're very proud of is our adjunct instructor cadre.
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We have teachers that come from government, military, FBI, police departments.
Using adjuncts as their core faculty in these programs allows the students to get first-hand knowledge from individuals still in the field.
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[Footage of Niki P. working with other students in the cybersecurity program in groups and on a laptop]
We have smaller class sizes because of the size of our school. Your teachers, your professors, they really care about each and every one of you and your success. They know all of your names and they know what your goals are.
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If you have a certification, that means something. It just gives credence to your quality of understanding the different aspects of cybersecurity.
What we're doing here at Webster is providing the opportunity to potentially earn a certification while earning their degree here at Webster University.
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We have a program where we go out and we reach out to the government, to organizations to find internships. We help them find jobs, summer jobs. We track them when they graduate. But we love our students. We really work hard for them.
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I think Webster prepares you for cybersecurity because cybersecurity is ever changing. You are always one step behind the hackers. You're always one step behind the next attack.
[Footage of Niki working with other students in the Cybersecurity program in groups and on a laptop]
It's an exciting field to be in, so having people who know what you're going through and can help you along the way, it's just really priceless.
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Choose Webster for Your Computer Science Degree
Earn Your Computer Science Degree From a Nationally Recognized Program
Webster University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through the 2024 academic year for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity. We are the only independent school in Missouri to have this designation.
Acquire Real-World Learning and Real-World Perspective
Immerse yourself in a truly global learning experience by pursuing your Computer Science degree at one of our international campuses in Athens, Geneva or Ghana. We also offer the BS in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Software Engineering at our Vienna campus.
Gain Hands-On Experience Through Internships
Our Computer Science major provides valuable internship opportunities through our strong partnerships with various organizations and companies in the tech industry. These internships allow you to gain hands-on experience in real-world settings that can lead to full-time positions. Our Computer Science degree graduates have successfully secured positions at renowned companies, including Boeing, Monsanto, Maritz, TD Ameritrade, Edward Jones and Anheuser-Busch.
Learn From Expert Faculty
As a Computer Science major, you’ll receive personalized instruction from faculty with a wealth of teaching experience and industry knowledge. These dedicated experts employ interactive lectures, engaging discussions and hands-on projects to enhance your learning journey. Our accessible Computer Science degree faculty members also foster a collaborative classroom environment that promotes engagement and mentorship. Faculty-guided undergraduate research offers additional opportunities to develop your critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills.
“My parents have worked very hard for me to attend college and get a degree. The Gregory and Dr. Vanessa Davis Annual Scholarship will help achieve my dream of becoming a software engineer.”
BS in Computer Science, '24
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Find out more about the overall curriculum, electives, learning outcomes and more.
Explore our catalog for more details about courses and admission requirements for our Computer Science degree.
The BS in Computer Science is offered in Webster Groves, Missouri, and our Athens, Geneva and Ghana campuses. Select classes are also available through Webster University Online.
What Can You Do With Your Computer Science Degree?
Our Computer Science major equips you with the sought-after skills and knowledge needed to thrive in whatever path you choose. In addition to providing the foundation needed to advance your education in graduate school, our Computer Science degree will position you for success in a wide range of career opportunities. In fact, a remarkable 95.5% of our students secure full-time employment upon graduation.
In today’s increasingly computer-dependent society, the demand for skilled professionals with a Computer Science degree is exceptionally promising. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment in computer and information technology is projected to grow 15% over the next decade — much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected to generate about 682,800 new job opportunities over that period, offering favorable prospects for Computer Science majors.
Careers in Computer Science also offer competitive earning potential. As of May 2021, employees working in Computer and IT careers earned a median annual wage of $97,430, according to the BLS. This figure underscores the value of Webster’s comprehensive, career-focused Computer Science degree. Just a few of the many career opportunities you can explore with our BS in Computer Science include:
- Software Developer/Engineer
- Database Administrator
- Cybersecurity Analyst
- Data Scientist
- Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Engineer
- Web Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Network Administrator
- IT Project Manager
“I want to inspire future generations, especially of young women, to not feel that technology is daunting, but relatable, and that they can make a considerable impact no matter the field you go into.”
BS in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity, '23
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