Computer Science, B.S. at Biola University

Computer Science, B.S. at Biola University


(bright music) – Technology influences so many areas of our society. I really felt it was important for Christians to be able to be part of developing technology. – I think it’s everything in this world is becoming more integrated with technology, and more and more companies are using data to make decisions instead of intuition. The demand for computer science majors have increased a lot. – What I like about Biola’s curriculum is there’s a lot of different avenues that you can go down. – It spans from artificial intelligence when you learn about robots to database into developing software apps and products, and so I think they do a good job of spanning out, so you can kind of get experience in different areas, so that you know what you’re more interested in. – One of my favorite classes I’m taking right now is called Theory of Algorithms. It’s where we study how computers do things, and we look at which algorithm you choose for this specific task. We collaborate and build a user interface using this lifestyle process. It involves like testing and prototyping, figuring out who are users are, what requirements are, and this is stuff that you would do normally as a software engineer. – Learning about just like data management. Dabbling around in different program languages, which has been pretty cool. I like to think of it as like linguistics for computer science where they essentially teach us how to learn programming languages. They started us off on C++ but now we’re into like Java. Java Swing, HTML CSS. Just a huge variety. – You don’t have to have any prior knowledge of programming. The whole purpose of the program is to develop the way you solve problems and think critically. – With our computer science major, we offer two concentrations. One is information systems and one is a more general computer science concentration. I went to the industry expo that was held at Biola. There were a lot of technical companies that were interested in hiring computer science majors, and through that I was actually able to get a job interview, and eventually they offered me a job. – We have alumni working for Google, Amazon as software engineers, project managers. IT staff for Microsoft. – A lot of the other universities, you sit in classes, and lecture halls with hundreds of students, but here I can definitely say that I know all of my students. I know them by name. – I’ve been in Professor Lew’s class. She’s my advisor. It’s really cool. I can go in, talk to her about my path and what I want to do and she’ll kind of work with me in that, and how I wanna best get there through the program. (bright music) – I love Biola. It had like a focus on quality academics. It also focused on your spiritual, and like social development. – Here at Biola, they’ll have the opportunity to take all the bible theology classes, but then they also get to study the solid computer science, and I think that’s a really rare combination. It would be hard to find it in other places. – So it’s important for every workplace to have employees that have integrity. As a Biola student, growing in a faith community, I think it fits the future workplace. – When you go into the computer science world, most people aren’t Christians so I think that provides a great opportunity to minister to others. (bright music)

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