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Computer Science

Bachelor’s Degree

Our online Computer Science degree is designed with your career in mind. In as few as 18 months, you’ll be ready to exercise computer science skills that employers are looking for, from programming languages and software engineering to algorithm and data analysis.1 With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS), you’ll be a master of in-demand skills and technologies like SQL, advanced Java, quality assurance in software development, big data, e-commerce, cloud computing and web analytics that are projected to be in high demand by employers.4 This CS degree program was designed and reviewed by experts with more than 200 years of combined experience from cutting-edge companies, including Intel, Kennedy Space Center, Lockheed Martin, SharePoint, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), National Geospatial Technology Center, Capgemini and more. You’ll complete your Computer Science degree all online—turning your personal goal of earning a degree into reality.

Along with program-specific skills, you’ll also develop essential soft skills including communication, critical thinking and information literacy, to be career-ready and a strong, well-rounded leader in your field.

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Reach Your Potential in a Growing Field

A fact that should compute: Computer science skills are central to virtually every industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer jobs from 2016–2026 are projected to grow much faster than average—at 24% versus 7% average for all jobs.2 This means that earning your CS degree can help you pursue growth and advancement in a career that’s vital to the economy. And we continually review our Computer Science degree program to make sure you stay relevant with this fast-changing industry.

Online Courses Go Where You Go

We applaud your dedication to grow despite your busy lifestyle. Our online learning options are designed to give you more control and balance over your schedule. At the same time, you’ll receive hands-on support from faculty at every stage.

Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

This online Computer Science degree is available with Flex Choice, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework, self-directed assessments and competency-based education (CBE)—the best of all worlds—so you can receive credit by demonstrating what you know and can do. As a national leader in CBE, we are helping to advance this cutting-edge, faculty-led, project-based learning approach that prioritizes your learning over deadlines. Over half the Computer Science coursework is CBE, allowing you to move faster through competencies you already know and slow down in areas you want to focus on. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

Certification Preparation

Our online Computer Science degree program curriculum is designed to help prepare you to sit for the Java Foundations 1Z0-811 and Database Foundations 1Z0-006 certification exams. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available, and will even reimburse you for your application fee.3,4

Credentials Offered

Computer Science

Bachelor's Degree

Finish in as few as

 18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Flex Choice®

Intended for

Students with previous college credits who are interested in gaining skills in demand by employers today, including cloud computing, big data, e-commerce, data analytics, SQL, Java, web analytics and quality assurance in software engineering.

Prepares you for

Software developer, software systems developer, software development engineer, Java developer, computer programmer, e-commerce developer, software applications developer, developer

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Turn Your Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your computer science education easier by offering Computer Science classes and credentials that fit into the lifestyle of a busy working adult—including self-paced CBE courses. The curriculum is focused on meeting the technological needs projected to be in high demand by employers, in addition to soft skills like communication and critical thinking that promote a well-rounded resume. Our online Computer Science degree also helps you prepare to take the Java Foundations 1Z0-811 and Database Foundations 1Z0-006 certification exams, which are highly valued by employers. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available, and will even reimburse you for your application fee.3,4

Students with Associate’s degrees in areas such as Web Programming, Game Programming, Software Application Development, Software Engineering or Computer Engineering may be able to jump directly into the Computer Science Bachelor’s degree with no lower-level prerequisites to complete. As a Bachelor’s degree-completion program, students with a non-related degree may be able to smoothly transition from one career path to another.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.2 Here are just two examples of where a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science can take you.

Software Developers, Applications

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $61,660 10th Percentile
    • $79,340 25th Percentile
    • $103,620 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:2

    31%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Software Developers, Systems Software

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $65,670 10th Percentile
    • $84,290 25th Percentile
    • $107,600 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:2

    11%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

For each subject area, the program has been vetted by individuals who have industry expertise on those subjects. This gives the individual the benefit of a curriculum that is practical in nature, not all theory.

Sam
Adjunct Professor at Rasmussen College

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  3. Rasmussen College will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available.
  4. Java is a registered trademark of Oracle® and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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