Department of Computer Science
Larry D. Vail (1981)
B.A., 1978, Olivet Nazarene University
M.C.S., 1985 University of Illinois
Ph.D., 1997, Nova Southeastern University
Catherine Bareiss (1987)
B.A., 1985, Indiana Wesleyan University
M.S., 1987, Purdue University
Ph.D., 1995, Illinois Institute of Technology
The Department of Computer Science at Olivet Nazarene University exists to prepare students for a life of learning and for professional careers in computer science and information systems. We strongly support the institution's commitment to liberal arts education as the best way to learn throughout life. We seek to teach current technology and software practices for successful entry to professional careers or graduate study. We strive to build Christian character and values in our students that will guide them through ethical dilemmas and help them to ultimately shape the values of their chosen profession.
The department offers B.A.and B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Information Systems. B.A. degrees require fewer hours in the department but recommend a minor or second major to provide breadth and a related application area. B.S. degrees require more hours in the department for increased depth and technical focus within computing. Computer Science degrees are designed for those who plan to design, develop, or maintain computer system software. Information Systems degrees are for those who plan to develop and manage computer information systems in government, business, industry, or other organizations. For graduation, students majoring in any of the four degrees are required to attain a 2.0 grade point average in departmental courses.
The Computer Science Department, in cooperation with the Engineering Department, offers an interdepartmental B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. In addition, the Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology is available. Minors in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology also provide a range of options to support a variety of student goals. Another option is the B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems found in the Business Department. Education students should also investigate the education endorsements in programming and technology found in the School of Education.
Computer Science faculty offices and computer labs are located in Weber Center. The labs are an integral part of the campus network ONUnet, which provides access to campus and departmental servers, and the Internet. Campus housing is also connected to ONUnet services. Department memberships in the Oracle Academy (OA) and Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) provide opportunities for student access to leading industry software. Students may participate in scholarly activities sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC), and the Association of Colleges in the Chicago Area (ACCA).