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Computer Science

Computer Science


Computer Science at Westminster College

For requirements, please visit the course catalog.

Love computers and programming? How about tracking information and solving problems? Follow your passions with a computer science major.

Major Highlights

  • Learn in a laboratory setting, permitting the experimentation with the practical application of theoretical concepts.
  • This major emphasizes problem solving, computer programming knowledge and skills, and software engineering concepts and practices, plus the opportunity to apply these concepts to a variety of computer-based systems.
  • Focus on the mathematical logical, and scientific applications of computer science, particularly algorithms and software development. Significant areas addressed in this major include secure coding, empirical research, and data science.

The course offerings in Computer Science serve both Computer Science majors and students majoring in other fields. Introductory courses emphasize applications of computers for problem solving and data manipulation along with fundamental concepts of the computer science field. The advanced courses are designed to provide an understanding of both the technical aspects and practical applications of computer science.

Most Computer Science courses are taught in a laboratory setting, permitting the experimentation with the practical application of theoretical concepts. Students also present their work to various audiences in written, electronic, and verbal formats. In addition to the technical focus, students majoring in either track within Computer Science are provided opportunities to practice techniques to develop skills related to becoming professionals, effective communicators, and potential information technology leaders in a wide variety of organizations.

Make the Most of Your Major

  • Present your work to various audiences in written, electronic and verbal formats to hone your communication skills.
  • Presentation opportunies on campus include the annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum and CS/IT Showcase.
  • Travel with other students to compete at hack-a-thons.
  • Practice techniques to develop skills related to becoming professionals, effective communicators, and information technology leaders.

Considering graduate study after Westminster? Consider taking additional classes in mathematics. Courses in linear algebra, matrix theory, discrete math, and probability and statistics are especially desirable.

Where You'll Find Westminster Interns and Grads

Computer science grads are in high demand. Westminster graduates enter the job market with the skills to adapt to the ever-changing computer world, plus valuable experience with public speaking and writing, making them highly attractive to employers.

  • Scott Trade
  • Hospital Corporation of America, security product analyst
  • M&M Golf Cars, Web designer
  • Missouri Employer’s Mutual, Web developer
  • Dakota County, CJIIN analyst/programmer
  • Missouri National Guard
  • Boeing, program analyst
  • Westminster College, applications and database developer
  • Shelter Insurance Companies, network (Web infrastructure) administrator
  • Eclipse Data Systems Inc.
  • State of Missouri, software developer
  • Cerner Corp., system engineer
  • Washington University, Web master
Contact Information

Name: Edward Mirielli
Position: Professor of Comupter Science
Office: Room 311, Coulter Science Center
Email: Ed.Mirielli@westminster-mo.edu
Phone: 573-592-5220

Meet the Faculty

Edward Mirielli, Professor/Chair Computer Sciences
Linda Webster, Professor Computer Science

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