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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.S.

Requirements for the major in computer science, B.S. program

The program in computer science leading to a Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for a productive career in industry, and for graduate study in computer science. The program prepares the students for a productive career in industry by providing them with the technical skills to formulate suitable abstractions, create novel computational solutions, design complex systems, and improve on existing solutions integrating current and emerging technologies. The program prepares the students for lifelong learning and graduate school by providing them with the theoretical foundations of information and computation and exposing them to areas of current and future developments. The program also includes a strong professional component for the development of skills in technical communication, ethics, and team work.

Program Educational Objectives


In the course of their careers, graduates of the Computer Science program will:

  • Work productively in the creation, maintenance, and improvement of computing systems.

  • Remain current in their profession through lifelong learning, including graduate school.

  • Exhibit leadership and exercise their profession with the highest level of ethics, and social responsibility.

To earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science students must complete a minimum of 128 credits, satisfy the general education requirements (also see Undergraduate degree requirements) and meet the following requirements:

General education – 28 credits

Professional subjects

Professional training – 4 credits

 Selection one of the following courses:

Professional track – 8 credits

Select courses from one of the following professional tracks:


Professional electives – 6 credits

Any 300-, 400-, or 500-level engineering or computer science or information technology courses, or approved mathematics and science electives (see below)*.  Students may also take any one of the following:

128 total credits

Performance requirements

In addition to previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least 2.00 within each group: namely, mathematics and science, core subjects and professional subjects. Within professional subjects, at most two grades below 2.0 are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated and a total of three repeat attempts is permitted.

Sample computer science schedule

Students entering the School of Engineering and Computer Science with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one indicated below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program.

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Fall semester – 16 credits

Winter semester – 14 credits