Computer Science


Advising Sessions

Join us for an advising session so you can learn about preparing for and applying for the upper division Computer Science program. 
 
Applications to start the junior year in Spring 2021 are due October 30!
 
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The Computer Science major has been approved to start in fall of 2020. Lower-division courses follow the common computing core that is shared between Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science, along with courses that will earn a minor in mathematics. The upper-division program is project-based. Students will work on a series of four significant semester-long projects that come from industry challenges or research projects. Students will typically work on teams to complete the projects and have the option of doing a senior thesis prior to graduation.


The Computer Science major is currently jointly offered by faculty in the Departments of Integrated Engineering and Computer Information Science. Upper-division admission requires a program application. First year students should start by following the major's four-year plan.

If you are ready for upper-division, apply with this form if you are currently a Minnesota State Mankato Student or with this application if you are transferring to the University.

 
You will be asked to include the following in your application:
 
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • An essay (300-500 words) describing why you want to participate in this project-based Computer Science program. 
  • An essay (300-500 words) describing how you will contribute to the learning communities that develop within this computer science program. 
  • Sample code (25-100 lines) from an outside project or your Algorithms class with a brief description of what the code does (100 words). 
  • Either one letter of recommendation addressing your ability to succeed as a computer scientist in this project-based program or the name of a current College of Science, Engineering, & Technology faculty member with whom you have spoken about your interest in this program. It is strongly recommended to have a math, science, computer science, engineering, or computing professor or an industry mentor be your recommender.  Recommenders can send a letter directly to integrated.engineering@mnsu.edu.  

The Computer Science minor is still available, although courses will be updated in the coming year to reflect new computer science courses. See the bulletin for more information.