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About the Department

The Department of Computer Science was established in the Division of Mathematical Sciences, College of Arts and Science, in the early 1980s. Its purpose is to prepare students for graduate study in the field, employment in industry, and full-time Christian service. In addition to its degree programs, the department offers training for students, staff, and members of the community who wish to improve their computer skills. Since its inception, the department helped introduce local area networking to the campus, developed multimedia information delivery systems, and established the University’s web site.

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In addition to the general-access labs available to all BJU students, a computer lab is available exclusively to computer science/engineering majors and minors. Several workstations host the Windows operating system. The current workstation configuration features an Intel core-i7 CPU with 16 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD, a DVD player, and a dual monitor display. The department administers its own network with Windows and Linux servers.


The department sponsors an annual programming contest. Begun in the spring of 1990, the contest is open to all University students. Contestants have a few hours to solve a series of problems of graduated difficulty. The winner is recognized at the annual University awards assembly, and generally receives a cash prize.

The department also participates in intercollegiate programming contests. Since 2002, our teams have participated in contests including IEEEXtreme, ACM/ICPC regionals and North American invitational, CCSC, and the annual Mercer University contest.