Lehigh’s undergraduate major and minor in computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences is identical to the program in the P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science in the fundamental requirements in mathematics and computer science, and the programs are appropriate for entry into management or industrial positions. They are also appropriate for continued graduate study, though students considering graduate study are strongly encouraged to consider taking part in a research project during their junior year.
The two B.S. programs differ in their non-computer science content in that the students must fulfill the distribution requirements of the respective colleges. The result of this difference is that the Arts and Sciences program requires 127 credit hours, whereas the P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science program requires 128 credit hours. Students with interests in management, finance, data processing, and information handling may find the Arts and Science College program more appropriate.
Lehigh’s computer science alumni work in computer programming, software development, system administration, management, and research and development. They solve computational problems and design, implement and improve complex code, turning algorithms into usable products. They work in such fields as gaming, medical imaging, robotics, database and information systems, image processing, and network security.