The computer science major prepares students to be professional computer programmers or to enter graduate school in Computer Science.

Computer Science students at Mount Mercy University can design their own program of studies by choosing or creating their own multi-disciplinary "Area of Specialization." Some example Areas of Specialization include: Embedded Systems, Information Security, Web Development, and Software Development. A traditional computer science program is possible by selecting the Computational Science specialization. These specializations are only examples. Potential students are encouraged to "think outside the box" as they, with the advice and approval of their advisors, create their personal computer science major at Mount Mercy University.

Students will learn both the theory and practice of the profession, how to work in groups to complete large software projects and appropriate ethical standards. Computer science is a rapidly changing profession and the Mount Mercy computer science program endeavors to teach, model and demonstrate the most modern professional practice. Students with a computer science degree find excellent employment opportunities in almost all industries.

A popular complimentary major is mathematics, which requires only eight more courses for a double major.