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Computer Science

Computer Science

Increasingly, the world in which we live is molded by computing. How it molds it–for good or for bad–is the result of a million individual decisions made each day by people in the computing industry. Covenant’s computer science department teaches students how to be salt and light in this process by providing quality, fundamental instruction.

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Program Overview

At Covenant, we provide the computer science major with a core curriculum that corresponds to recommendations made by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Computer science education has always been challenging given the ever-changing landscape of computer technology and the increasing integration of computing with other disciplines. To address these rapid changes, we focus on the fundamentals as well as the environment for learning, offering extensive faculty involvement and a formal lab with additional graded opportunities for students to practice coding.

Covenant computer science students receive a thorough grounding in Christian teaching and worldview that examines the relationship between computer science and Christianity throughout the curriculum. Additionally, our graduates have an excellent placement record. Students from our department are the most requested of any major by employers contacting Covenant's Center for Calling & Careers.

Graduate Outcomes

Our graduates have been very successful at obtaining internships, launching careers as software developers, and working for companies such as:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Mission to the World
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Lamp Post Group
  • LivePerson
  • Encompass Digital Media, Inc.
  • QuickCue
  • Rent the Runway
  • Amazon
  • Fidelity Investments
  • CFA Corporation

Our alumni have also continued study at graduate schools including:

  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
nathaniel henriques

Nathaniel Henriques ’18

hannah hodge

Hannah Hodge ’19

Christopher Wright ’23

Nick Gilbert ’17

The church needs people who can use and work with computing technology. Computing technology offers tremendous ways to make life better for people.
John Hunt

Professor of Computer Science

Programs & Features

Covenant College's Department of Computer Science major is the broadest and most established of the computing disciplines. Our course work is based on the ACM / IEEE CC 2013 Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Computer Science. The program requires 40 credit hours of COS courses as well as a supporting course in quantitative methods for a total of 44 credit hours.

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We also offer a minor in computer science; see catalog for details.

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Students interested in teaching computer science for grades 6-12 should complete a BA degree with a major in computer science and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Covenant College. It is recommended that the Education Minor be completed during the undergraduate degree. 

Three of the courses in the Education Minor, EDU 121 Introduction to Teaching, EDU 222 Educational Psychology, and EDU 361 Education of Exceptional Children, are required for admission to the MAT. For information, see Teacher Certification under the Education section of the catalog.

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  • "Ethics & Virtual Reality”
  • “Violence in Video Games”
  • “Poverty Alleviation Through Online Collaboration”
  • “Spyware”
  • “Cyberterrorism”

Guided Capstone Requirements

  • COS 130 Computer Programming Methodology
  • COS 210 Discrete Structures in Computing
  • COS 230 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • COS 260 Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing
  • COS 326 Operating Systems
  • COS 440 Programming Languages

Our students have completed internships at a variety of companies including:

  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Paragon
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • CFA Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NSA
  • Mission to the World
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Southern Champion Tray
  • LightSys
  • CGI
  • I3Harris

Meet the Computer Science Faculty

john hunt

John Hunt Professor of Computer Science Department Chair

jeff humphries

Jeff Humphries Professor of Computer Science

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