General Information

Bellevue College received accreditation from the Northwest Commission for Colleges and Universities for its new Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science on September 17, 2016. Accreditation of this new computer science program not only makes Bellevue College the first of Washington State’s community and technical colleges to offer a traditional, four-year Bachelor of Science degree, but also provides students within the region an additional program in which to earn a computer science degree. In recent years, student demand for computer science degrees has far exceeded the available spots at colleges and universities within the state. Bellevue’s new program will add additional student capacity and help provide industry with much needed computer science knowledge and skills. Bellevue College will begin to enroll students in this new program for Winter 2017.

The Department of Computer Science at Bellevue College will provide students innovative and pioneering instruction in software and computer system development.
In concert with Bellevue College’s mission, the Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science is a student-centered program, committed to teaching excellence and life-long learning. The program seeks to foster intellectual and professional development, problem solving skills and analytical reasoning so that students contribute to the vibrancy of our region, promote inclusion and global awareness and perform effectively in a dynamic and ever-changing work environment.
Educational Goals and Objectives
The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science prepares graduates to:

  • Work in industry, government, or academic positions, contributing significantly to the design and development of software and computer systems.
  • Act as an effective team member.
  • Undertake positions of leadership in the computer and software development.
  • Commence advanced study of computing, science, engineering and other professional fields.
  • Upon graduation, graduates will demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics to develop and analyze computing systems.
  • An ability to apply the conceptual knowledge to identify and analyze a problem, and then define the computing requirement to creatively solve it.
  • An ability to design, implement, evaluate, trouble-shoot and test a computer-based system process, component, or program to meet desired results.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools for computing practice.
  • An ability to exhibit success skills, including teamwork, leadership, communication, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, personal responsibility and management skills.
  • An understanding of the impact of computers in society as well as an understanding of the key ethical issues shaping the practice of Computer Science.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Last Updated August 9, 2018