Oct 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.S.

 The program’s description is noted below:

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.  The BS in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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.

Course requirements (minimum of 128 total credits)

To earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and meet the following requirements:

General education

The General Education Requirements are comprised of three parts: Foundations, Explorations, and Integration. In addition, U.S. Diversity requirements must also be met. For details, refer to the General Education section of the catalog.  In order to satisfy both general education and other program requirements, in some of the general education areas students should select from the courses listed below.


  • Writing Foundations (Take WRT 1060 )
  • Formal Reasoning (Satisfied by MTH 1554 )

Explorations: One course from each of the seven Explorations areas

  • Arts
  • Foreign Language and Culture
  • Global Perspective
  • Literature
  • Natural Science and Technology (Satisfied by PHY 1510  and PHY 1100 )
  • Social Science
  • Western Civilization (Must select PHL 1310 )* 


  • Knowledge Applications (Satisfied by MTH 1555 )
  • Capstone (Satisfied by CSI 4999 )
  • Writing Intensive in the Major (Satisfied by CSI 4999 )
  • Writing Intensive in General Education (May be met by an approved course in the Explorations area)

U.S. Diversity:

  • May be met by an approved course in the Explorations area.

* Students are required to take PHL 1310  - Introduction to Ethics in Science and Engineering to satisfy the general education requirement in Western Civilization.

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Professional track – 8 credits

Select courses from one of the following professional tracks:

Professional electives – 5 credits

Any 3000, 4000, or 5000 level engineering or computer science or information technology courses; no more than 1-credit of CSI 4950  can be used to fulfill the professional electives requirement. Courses at the 5000-level require approval of the instructor.

No more than one of the following 2000 level courses:

Any math, science or engineering elective from the following: 

Major standing

To enroll in 3000- or higher level courses and to become candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science, students must gain major standing.  An application for major standing should be submitted prior to intended enrollment in 3000- or higher level courses.  Forms may be obtained from the SECS Undergraduate Advising Office or from the SECS website.

To gain major standing in Computer Science, students must:

A) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following mathematics and science courses: MTH 1554 , MTH 1555 , MTH 2775 , APM 2663 , PHY 1510 , and PHY 1620 .

B) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following computer science core courses: CSI 1420 , CSI 2300 , CSI 2310 , CSI 2470 , and CSI 2999 .

C) have no more than two grades below C in the courses listed in A and B above.

D) have not attempted any course listed in A and B above more than three times. Students may petition to repeat a course a fourth time.

E) have not repeated more than three different courses listed in A and B. Courses in which a W (withdrawal) grade is recorded will not be counted.

Conditional major standing may be granted in the semester in which the student will complete requirements A and B above.

Performance requirements

Satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least 2.0 within each group: mathematics and sciences, computer science core, and professional courses (including required professional subjects, professional electives, and professional track).  Within professional courses at most two grades below C are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated, and a total of three attempts per course 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

Fall semester – 16 credits

Winter semester – 17 credits

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Fall semester – 16 credits

Winter semester – 13 credits