Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance; Information Technology/Computers
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Program

Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS); Bachelor of Arts (BA)

A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Mary prepares students for this rapidly changing industry of information technology (IT). This Computer Science degree program prepares students for careers in software engineering, system administration and management, computer and network security and research and development.

The Computer Science degree also strongly emphasizes the booming field of Cyber Security, allowing students to hone an important skill set in preparation for their career.

Computer Science Degree Program Highlights 

The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary is committed to producing the next generation of ethical business professionals. Our Computer Science degree program provides students with the skills necessary to succeed as virtuous professionals, both in their professional career and for their lives.

In the thriving economy of western North Dakota, students have plentiful opportunities to get real-life experience in internships. Due to the high demand in our area, these internships are often paid.

Specifically, graduating students from the computer science program will be able to:

  • Design a system to meet the information technology needs of a business that functions within the legal, ethical, environmental, health and safety standards of successful businesses
  • Understand the ethical and professional responsibility of computer science majors
  • Implement security standards in all phases of computer science
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of programming languages such as C++ and Java
  • Communicate technological needs to businesses and assist them 

Career Outlook for Computer Science Majors

The available jobs for a graduate with a Computer Science bachelor’s degree are varied, so students are able to find the best fit for them. Moreover, in almost every possible position, the employment outlook is very promising.

Information Security Analyst

According to the US Department of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024, more than twice the national average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high. Cyberattacks have grown in frequency and sophistication over the last few years, and many organizations are behind in their ability to detect these attacks. Analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks.

The federal government is expected to greatly increase its use of information security analysts to protect the nation’s critical information technology (IT) systems. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, ensuring patients’ privacy and protecting personal data are becoming more important. More information security analysts are likely to be needed to create the safeguards that will satisfy patients’ concerns.

Database Administrator

Employment of database administrators (DBAs) is projected to grow 11% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the national average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation will be driven by the increased data needs of companies in all sectors of the economy. Database administrators will be needed to organize and present data in a way that makes it easy for analysts and other stakeholders to understand.

The increasing popularity of database-as-a-service, which allows database administration to be done by a third party over the Internet, could increase the employment of DBAs at cloud computing firms in the computer systems design and related services industry. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 48% in this industry from 2012 to 2022.

Employment growth for database administrators is expected in healthcare industries because, as the use of electronic medical records increases, more databases will be needed to keep track of patient information. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 43% in general medical and surgical hospitals from 2012 to 2022.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

Dr. Kevin Fishbeck
Computer Science Program Director
Office: Benedictine Center 603A
Phone: (701) 355-8056
Email: [email protected] 

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If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: