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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.S.

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Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 49-52 Credit Hours
  • University electives 24-27 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Choose one introductory discrete math course: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one calculus sequence: 4-6 Credit Hours

Choose one algorithms course: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one systems elective: 3 Credit Hours

Total: 49-52 Credit Hours

Additional Information

The credit/no-credit option may not be applied to any courses specifically listed above, nor may that option be applied to computer science electives

Progressing in the Major

Students may enroll in each of CS 149 , CS 159 , CS 240  and CS 261  at most twice. Most CS courses require a grade of “C-” or better (“B-” or better in CS 149 ) in prerequisite courses. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all courses used to satisfy CS major degree requirements.


Periodically, the department may offer a collection of two or more advanced courses in a particular area of study.

Students successfully completing those courses will obtain a certificate in that area of study. Examples of possible certificate programs include networking, software engineering and information security.

U.S. Government Requirements for Computer Scientists

The U.S. government standard for occupational category GS- 1550: Computer Science Series includes a requirement of 15 hours in statistics and mathematics including differential and integral calculus. This means that students considering a career as a computer scientist with the U.S. government (including DoD, NASA, etc.) must complete more math courses than the minimum requirement for a B.S. degree. Recommended calculus sequences for these students are MATH 235 -MATH 236  or MATH 231 - MATH 232 -MATH 236 . However, only the U.S. Office of Personnel Management can give final approval of individual qualifications.

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