Computer Science Major

George Fox computer and information science majors study the discipline in a Christian environment.

In our society, computers are everywhere. They process data from banks, communications satellites, video games, and even the fuel and ignition systems of automobiles. Computer software is as commonplace in the areas of education and recreation as it is in science and business.

Every field or profession relies upon computer science for the problem-solving skills and the production expertise required in the efficient processing of information. Computer scientists, therefore, function in a wide variety of roles ranging from pure theory and design to programming and marketing.

Students in our computer science major are introduced to the fundamental principles and mechanisms of modeling, abstraction and problem-solving using computers. The knowledge of these principles, rooted in mathematics, logic and language, prepares students to understand the essence of the science of computing and to continue to adapt to this evolving field.

Add a concentration in Cyber Security

In an age with increasing dependence on the Internet for commerce, the need is great for individuals with the skills to combat cyber attacks. George Fox University’s cyber security concentration within the computer science major positions graduates to be leaders in this emerging field.

Learn more about our Cyber Security concentration, designed to prepare students to be leaders in a field the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will have 1 million unfilled jobs in the next three years.

Request more information about the computer science major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Computer Science majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs, in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the internet in what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of things,” and the continued demand for mobile computing.

  • Analyst for Division of Legislative Finance, State of Alaska
  • Software Engineer, Consonus Health
  • Senior Support Engineer, Fiserv
  • Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Electrical Engineering Technical Designer, Boeing
  • Senior Software Engineer, GE
  • Senior Software Engineer, Intel
  • Software Developer, McAfee
  • Software Engineering Manager, Mentor Graphics
  • Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Project Manager, Rentrak
  • Software Engineer, Oracle
  • Software Engineer, Axium
  • Senior Products Analyst, Huron Consulting Group
  • Informatics Research Scientist, DOW AgroSciences
  • Component Design Engineer, Intel
  • Security Analyst, Nike
  • Manager of Language Modeling Research, Nuance Communication
  • Programmer Analyst, Boeing
  • Microsoft, Portland
  • Intel, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • NASA, Cleveland
  • Oregon State University
  • Washington State University
  • Oregon Graduate Institute
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Boston University
  • Portland State University
  • Virginia Tech

In the News

Anastasia Reinhardt

Student’s summer internship at Microsoft assists the blind

What’s a college student to do when she has a love of computer science and a desire to improve the lives of those around her?

In Anastasia Reinhardt’s case, secure a summer internship at Microsoft Research to help develop technology that will guide the steps of the blind. Reinhardt, a senior computer science/English double major and William Penn Honors Program student from Vancouver, Washington, spent the summer of 2018 at Microsoft’s world headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where she joined an assistive technology team tasked with a project called Soundscape – an app that employs a headset apparatus that serves as a navigational device. Read more …

Student Experiences

Aaron Schnieder

“When I entered the computer science and information systems program at George Fox University, I had never written a single line of code. The GFU professors excelled at explaining the core concepts of software development in an easy to understand and digestible manner. Over the course of my four years in the program, I went from zero knowledge of software engineering to a feeling of confidence when I got my first job.”

- Aaron Schnieder

Points of Distinction

  • Students will gain hands-on, practical experience.
  • Small class sizes ensure that students receive individual attention and career mentoring.
  • Students have the opportunity to compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. In 2015, George Fox students claimed an Oregon site championship in both Division 1 and Division 2 of the competition, which included schools from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.