What kind of computer or software will be needed?

Most computers within a decade old will suffice. Students do most of the work on lab computers, where all needed software is already installed. That said, most of the needed software is available for free. Once you get your Taylor email address, you will have access to Microsoft Office, and the entire JetBrains development suite, among other things. Most of the engineering-specific software the students need (MATLAB, Mathematica, SolidWorks, Draftsight, EagleCAD, etc.) is licensed by the department and freely available to the students on our departmental computers.

How can I transfer my credits?

You can read about transferring AP credit here.

How do I decide which CSE major is right for me?

If you’ve already read about the degrees offered by the CSE department, there are many ways students choose their paths at Taylor. Look at the curriculum requirements for each degree, and read descriptions of courses that interest you to get a better idea of which classes best fit your goals. You can also contact us and request to speak with a faculty member or current student who can answer your questions about our majors and minors.

BA vs BS

  • BA (or BS/Systems) is geared more for students interested in an industry trajectory, where the BS is geared more for those interested in grad school.
  • The BS/Systems is the BA with our Information Systems and Analytics option added to it, which has courses that deal with analysis, data science, customer/client relations, etc. It's an excellent option for those who might be interested in consulting or management positions.
  • Among BA, BS/Systems, and BS for "plain vanilla" CS, most students choose the BS/Systems as it provides a great breadth of courses without compromising depth. The students who choose one of the BS degrees are specifically seeking out that depth.

Comptuer Science (CS) vs. CS Digital Media (CSDM) vs. CS Cybersecurity (CCY)

  • All of these degrees are Computer Science degrees first and foremost, but---similar to BA, BS/Systems, BS---they begin to diverge in the upper division specialty courses.
  • CS focuses on deeper CS topics like algorithms, computational theory, programming languages, computer architecture, operating systems, etc.
  • CSDM focuses on using computation as another tool in the artist's toolbox and on the interaction of humans and computers. CDM students will take courses from the Art Dept (ex: Visual Communications, Typography, Photoshop, Illustrator) and Film & Media Dept (Audio Production, Film Production) to see how computers are wielded to create art. The students will also take Principles in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics, and a second graphics course to learn how to create programs that are used to create art or allow users to interact with complex systems.
  • CCY focuses on security side of computers and networks. CCY students take courses that deal with understanding how complex systems work and how they break down and how to keep information safe and secure.

What's a double major?

Double majors are for people who are interested in studying more than one major. Taylor University allows students to declare any combination of minors and majors. Be sure that there is adequate overlap between the two majors so that you can finish in time! Also, be aware that there is a 160 credit hour cap.

What do I need to start as a CS major?

Besides having used a computer before, nothing! COS 120, the first class CS majors will take in their major, assumes no prior knowledge, and will rapidly get you up to speed. If you are an overachiever and want a head start, helpful starting knowledge includes Python, C++, Java, and Web Development Tools (HTML, CSS, JavaScript).

How can I afford this?

The average entry level computer scientist earns significantly above average, making it possible for students to easily afford the significant cost of higher education. You can more about Computer Science occupations here. Additionally, Computer Science internships consistently pay well ($12-20 an hour), allowing students to earn a significant amount of money as they work towards their degree.

What jobs are available for students during the school year?

Taylor offers hundreds of paid positions to students. You can find out more about finding a student job here. Additionally, the CSE department offers many jobs specifically for its students, including TA and tutoring positions, and departmental projects. Ask your adviser about job openings that are right for you.