The Department of Computer Science was established in the Division of Mathematical Sciences, College of Arts and Science, in the early 1980s. Its purpose is to prepare students for graduate study in the field, employment in industry, and full-time Christian service.
In addition to its degree programs, the department offers training for students, staff, and members of the community who wish to improve their computer skills. Since its inception, the department has helped introduce local area networking to the campus, developed multimedia information delivery systems, and established the University's website.
In addition to the general-access labs available to all BJU students, a computer lab in the Mack Library is available exclusively to computer science students.
Several workstations host the Microsoft Windows 7 and Linux operating systems (the current workstation configuration features a 3 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU with 4 GB RAM, DVD/CD writer, and dual monitor display). The department administers its own network with Windows and Linux servers.
The department sponsors an annual programming contest. Begun in the spring of 1990, the contest is open to all University students. Contestants have 4 hours to solve a series of problems of graduated difficulty. The winner is recognized at the annual University awards assembly and generally receives a cash prize.
Also, during the past few years, the department has conducted computer science workshops for Christian schools. Led by Mr. Dan Wooster, chairman, a team of undergraduates uses Lego Mindstorms robots to introduce junior high and high school students to the field of computer science.