The Computer Science program is part of the Department of Computer Science in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

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Computer Science

The rapid advances in computer technology in today’s highly technological society have resulted in a continuing demand for computer science graduates. Computer science applies the basic principles of computing and the latest technology to solve problems in business, education, and government. Students in computer science can earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree from BGSU.

Quality classroom experiences

BGSU Computer Science fosters a comprehensive and collaborative student-centered learning environment. All computer science major classes are taught by dedicated faculty, not graduate assistants, and are offered in small class sizes.Highly qualified professors provide a strong, interactive, and practical learning environment for students to gain the necessary expertise to succeed in high-demand occupations.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Computer Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Programming Languages
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Security
  • Algorithms
  • Computer Networks
  • Capstone Project


The Computer Science major at BGSU includes a strong set of core courses designed to provide students with a broad base of computing concepts and skills as well as a large selection of specialized elective courses. In addition, programming projects in computer science courses give students experience working in a variety of computing environments. The B.S. degree has a stronger emphasis on computer science and mathematics courses, while the B.A. degree includes more liberal arts courses. A minor is required for both the B.S. and the B.A. in Computer Science.

The Computer Science Department at BGSU was the first of its kind in the state of Ohio when it was established in 1969.

Co-Op/Internships and Careers

Computer science majors are required to complete one departmentally approved co-op experience. Students receive academic credit, valuable practical experience, and good pay for co-op experiences while growing both personally and professionally.

Salary and Placement Information

$54,877* BGSU Bachelor of Science in Computer Science graduates average starting salary.

98.77% of B.S. graduates report they’re employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation.

$45,750* BGSU Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science graduates average starting salary.

93.33% of B.A. graduates report they’re employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation.

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

Go Far in your career

  • Computer Programming
  • Database Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Software Development
  • Systems Administration
  • Systems Programming
  • Web Development

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The Computer Science program is part of the Department of Computer Science in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

Admissions Information

Computer science majors must meet one of the following admission criteria: an SAT math score of 550 or higher or an ACT math score of 22 or higher. Students not meeting these criteria will need to take appropriate math course(s) at the University before declaring their major to computer science. Many high schools do not offer courses in computer programming or computer science, and incoming students are not expected to have such a background. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in computer science will be able to:

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

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Bachelor of Science in computer science program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) and is in good standing.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The computer science program does not lead to professional licensure.


More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Computer Science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact