If you have a passion for challenging course work, practical applications, and problem solving, a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science or computer information systems may be great option.

You will discover a strong interrelationship among mathematics, computer science, and physics, reflecting the faculty’s longstanding focus on helping student find the right program for their skills and interests. The department merges coursework with laboratory activities, practical internships, and opportunities for teaching and leadership. Courses emphasize in-depth group activities, enabling you to tackle challenging projects while developing your interpersonal communication skills. These experiences will provide a solid foundation for future employment or graduate study.

Wartburg supports and encourages undergraduate research and design projects utilizing innovative technology, including virtual reality displays and 3-D visualization software.

Program Fast Facts

The computer science program recognizes the growing and pervasive use of computers and believes that liberal arts colleges are the correct place to explore the function and use of computers. Such study stimulates students’ intellectual development, encourages critical thinking, and teaches analytical evaluation and quantification of observations.

Students will develop a coherent and broad-based understanding of the discipline of computer science, including an appreciation for its intellectual depth and for its abstract issues.

Students will be prepared to apply their knowledge to produce computer solutions to problems large and small.

Students will confront the ethical and social issues associated with the computing field and be prepared to face the personal ethical challenges of the discipline.

Students will learn to work and communicate effectively with their peers through group projects and through assignments emphasizing oral and written communication skills.

Students will be prepared for success in the computing profession or in graduate school in accordance with their personal ability and goals.

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Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics Department have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Computer Store Manager, University of Minnesota Bookstore, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • IT Analyst, Credit Suisse, New York, N.Y.
  • Mathematics Teacher, Charles City Community School District, Charles City
  • Web Developer, Emerson Process Management, Marshalltown
  • Product Engineer, John Deere, Waterloo
  • Graduate Student – Physics

Sample of Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Chairman and CEO, Tanner Research, Inc., Monrovia, Calif.
  • Co-Founder/Owner, Fresk, LLC, Des Moines
  • Chief of Research and Development, Airport Authority of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Professor of Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Atomic Data Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 15 Years:

  • Computer Programmer-Software, Management Computer Services, La Cross, Wis.
  • Environmental and Technical Services Lead, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  • Operating Systems Engineer, Wells Fargo Financial, Des Moines
  • Senior Software Engineer, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids
  • Mathematics Teacher, Kasson-Mantorville High School, Kasson, Minn.
  • Manager, IT Applications Development, Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines


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Cristian Allen

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Joy Becker

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Brian Birgen

Professor of Mathematics

Mariah Birgen

Professor of Mathematics

Benjamin Bousquet

Associate Professor of Physics

Terry Letsche

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Vivyan Yan

Assistant Professor of Physics

John Zelle

Professor of Computer Science

Part-time Faculty

Prof. Peggy Hamilton
Office: Science Center 359
Phone: 319-352-8567

Prof. Mitchell Roose 
Office: Science Center 359
Phone: 319-352-8567

Prof. Jennifer Schilling 
Office: Science Center 359
Phone: 319-352-8567