• Loyola Marymount University’s Computer Science programs feature modern, interdisciplinary curricula built on the principles and values of the open source culture and emphasize:

    • Computing on multiple platforms. Students work with computers running macOS, Linux, and Windows, as well as iPhones, iPads, robots, drones, smart TVs, IoT devices, and game consoles (Xbox, PS3, Wii, Kinect).
    • Open source software development. Students frequently work in teams and publish their work openly on repositories such as GitHub, CodePen, and various public playgrounds.
    • First-year apprenticeship courses and two senior year capstone projects. LMU was one of the first innovators of the undergraduate computing capstone project, valued highly by both industry and university graduate programs, and now an expected culmination of a quality curriculum in Computer Science.
    • Interdisciplinary coursework. We offer courses in such fields as biological databases, virtual worlds, scripting for animation, and game design, several of which are team-taught. Several senior capstone projects involve teams of students from multiple majors.
    • Opportunities beyond the classroom. Many students take advantage of undergraduate research (generally leading to publication), create their own independent studies courses, and participate in student design competitions, intercollegiate programming contests, hackathons, summer programs featuring industry partnerships, and professional societies.

    Class sizes are small, with faculty interaction and attention the rule, not the exception. Computer science majors benefit from the University's core curriculum, which includes several courses from the humanities, arts, and communications — providing a well-rounded education differentiating LMU's graduates from those of other institutions.

    Our department offers a B.S. degree in Computer Science, an undergraduate minor program in Computer Science, and an M.S. degree in Computer Science. Our M.S. program was created in 1974 and our B.S. program in 1981. We also offer a variety of courses of general interest, including a few that are part of the University Honors Program.

    Be sure to check out our curriculum, course offerings, collaborations, senior project history, and world-class laboratory facilities. You may wish to start at the frequently asked questions.

    LMU is located three miles from the beach in the city of Los Angeles, and is adjacent to LAX, the aerospace hub of El Segundo, and the vibrant tech-centered community of Playa Vista.