Are you interested in becoming a computer programmer, web designer or network administrator? Central College offers a broad range of computer science courses where students gain experience working with programming languages such as Python, Java, C++ and PHP, to become well prepared for immediate employment or graduate programs. Past graduates have gone on to become application developers, network administrators, systems analysts, web programmers and software engineers.
The mathematics and computer science department regularly organizes social activities for its students. No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
"Between physics and computer science, I’m that much closer to knowing how the laws of the universe work."
82% of computer science students who apply to graduate school are admitted to a program of their choice.
Internships in computer science are abundant for a variety of positions in a wide range of companies.
The computer science major is designed to be flexible, facilitating study abroad, internships and second majors or minors. Introductory courses in Python and Java lay the foundation for a software design course in the second year. After taking these courses, students are prepared for a variety of upper-level required courses and electives. The senior year culminates in a senior project of your choice.
Learn more about computer science in the course catalog.
Many computer science alumni have gone on to start their own companies, and with Des Moines’ recent growth in startups, students have direct access to these highly entrepreneurial environments for internships and job offers after graduation. Central offers an entrepreneurship minor for anyone interested in developing his or her own startup.
All students complete an independent project of their choice in the senior project course. Honors students are encouraged to expand their senior work into senior honors theses.
Central has a long history of developing communication skills in its graduates. Central's computer science majors are known for their ability to write and speak clearly about technical material.
Central alumni stay in touch and are available to help current students find their career path through internships and jobs.
Central’s Vermeer Science Center was awarded the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council, the first LEED-rated building in the state. Students have direct access to classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Bangor University offers unique coursework opportunities for computer science majors, while a variety of internships are available through the London program. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Greg Nichols ’02 works on movies for Disney as an expert in computer graphics technology.
The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has relied on handwritten records for decades. Computer science graduate Blake Rozendaal created a new system.
After months exploring topics like sports analytics, Parkinson’s Disease, prairie grasses and consumer behavior, 182 Central students presented their research May 5-6.