About the Department

The Department of Engineering and Computer Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems, and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering.

This department also offers curriculum and instruction support courses for other science and math majors and two minors in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems. Additionally, the pre-engineering program, a 2/2 program, allows students complete a list of prescribed courses at Azusa Pacific then transfer to a school with the engineering specialization of their choice to take the remaining coursework required for graduation from that institution.

Mission Statement

The Department of Engineering and Computer Science at Azusa Pacific University offers undergraduate degree programs in systems engineering, computer science, and computer information systems; provides computer literacy courses and support courses for science majors that prepare students for graduate study and success in their chosen careers; and assists students in applying their knowledge and skills in service to a society based on an understanding of Christian truth and values.

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Programs

Computer science, like engineering, is an “applied science” that deals with “how things ought to be.” This is different from “natural sciences,” which are concerned with “how things are.” Computer science is more concerned with design and synthesis rather than with analysis and deduction (which are concerns of the natural sciences, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology).

Upon graduation, an APU computer science/computer information systems major should be able to:

  • Understand the design of computers and the computational process.
  • Analyze and design data structures and algorithms.
  • Understand programming concepts sufficiently enough to acquire computer language proficiency independently.
  • Program a computer with knowledge of at least two programming languages.
  • Understand and apply software development principles.

With a faculty of competent and dedicated teachers, small classes, state-of-the-art computer labs, and current versions of industry-used software, computer science at Azusa Pacific University offers a challenging, professional, and intellectually stimulating environment, providing a gateway to many exciting careers.

Systems Engineering Program

Students in APU's systems engineering program gain a solid foundation in engineering principles as well as the processes and practices needed to coordinate various tasks involved in the life cycle of a system, ensuring that performance, reliability, cost, and schedule requirements are met.

Students learn fully integrated design and analytical solutions to complex technological challenges, preparing them for careers in a range of fields including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, business, defense, energy, health care, and telecommunications.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.