May 29, 2024  
2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.A. and B.S.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs by Type

About the Program

  • Nurturing and small classroom environment
  • Close interaction with and mentorship by faculty inside and outside of classrooms
  • A diverse range of applied and research capstone projects
  • Rich opportunities for faculty-student research
  • Various undergraduate conference and programming contest opportunities, all 100% funded and sponsored by the department
  • Engaging computer science club activities
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world - not only is tuition the same as in Glenside, but you can take your scholarships with you

Arcadia University’s programs in Computer Science cover a wide spectrum of areas within the field of computing, including artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, cloud computing, mobile computing, networking, and theoretical computation. We offer both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in computer science. Our courses provide a solid foundation in the principles and practices of computing and prepare students for successful careers and ongoing graduate studies in computer science.


The Department encourages students to participate in internships in order to integrate their classroom work with real-world experience.

Senior Capstone Project

A highlight of the curriculum is the Capstone course sequence. In it, students design and implement a real project for an actual client. An alternate Capstone experience in research in computer science may be available to students with faculty approval.

The primary programming language used is currently Java. The Department also offers SAS, Python, Javascript, HTML and CSS as electives.


Common Curriculum

Common curriculum for both the B.A. and B.S. in Computer Science requires 34–37 credits, in addition to Undergraduate Curriculum  requirements.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements (6-8 additional credits)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program provides students with the specific skills necessary to qualify for entry-level computing positions in business, private industry, or government.

Two Computer Science electives

Bachelor of Science Requirements (18-20 additional credits)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program provides a more in-depth study of computer science through additional courses in Mathematics and Computer Science beyond the Bachelor of Arts requirements.

One Computer Science course

Three Computer Science electives


Some required courses are offered evenings only. Department policy does not allow 100-level courses to be challenged for credit. At least half of required courses must be completed at Arcadia.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs by Type