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You seek answers.

  • What kinds of problems can be solved by a computer, and what kinds can’t?
  • What makes one computer program better or more efficient than another?
  • When is it possible to represent real-world objects as a collection of 1s and 0s?
  • How many computing devices can you build out of a small set of digital circuits?
Computer science is more than just programming – it’s about finding ways to use computers to solve problems.

Computer science at Bethel focuses on developing programming skills and understanding the software development process.

The Computer Science minor includes:

  • computer programming
  • computer systems
  • data structures
  • optional independent study in advanced topics

and a practicum.

This minor pairs well with

or

or is ideally suited to

Competitive problem solving

We field 1-2 computer programming teams each year for the annual ACM North Central North American regional contest. Historically, our teams have been competitive with colleges and universities many times our size. In 2009, our top team finished in 42nd place, out of 203 teams from eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.

Another way to get hands-on technical experience is to apply for a student job in Bethel’s Department of Information and Media Services (IMS), which provides the campus with computer technical support as well as audiovisual services.

Want to talk more with faculty and current students? Schedule a campus visit.

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Bethel fields computer programming teams that compete in the annual ACM North Central North American regional competition. Historically, our teams have been competitive with colleges and universities many times our size. In 2009, our top team finished in 42nd place out of 203 teams. Only four teams that finished ahead of us were from liberal arts colleges – the rest were from large state schools from across the central United States and Canada.

Those seeking hands-on technical experience are encouraged to apply to work for a student job in Bethel’s Department of Information and Media Services (IMS), which provides the campus with computer technical support as well as audiovisual services.

Notable Alumni

Rodger Nugent – ’04
Rodger has used his knowledge in the computer science field to open two locations of his business, Super Collider Computers. He is the founder and owner of the computer repair shop.

The Summer Science Institute takes place annually on campus, generally in the first full week of June. The institute offers high school students who have completed grades 10-12 opportunities for research investigation in multiple areas of science, including biology, psychology, mathematics, chemistry and computer science. Students study fascinating and challenging topics that high school courses typically do not cover, with a focus on learning how to do research through close interaction with faculty. Bethel students can gain practical experience in science instruction and lab supervision as Summer Science Institute staff.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.