Computer Science Program Requirements

The computer science program provides an in-depth education in computer science and an advanced knowledge of systems and software security through a combination of specialized and general courses.

Computer science majors are expected to demonstrate a serious attitude toward the College's liberal arts Core Requirements and to select their elective courses with care. In particular, students completing the major in computer science leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree should work carefully with their advisors to ensure that they meet the requirement of 90 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences for the B.A. degree since not all computer science courses are considered liberal arts. This may mean that majors could need additional credits in liberal arts beyond what is taken for the College core, the major, and the chosen minor.

Students contemplating a major in computer science should take MATH 150C in the first year.

B.A. Computer Science

For students majoring in computer science, required courses from all disciplines (CSCI, MATH, COMM, and ENGL) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

Basic Computer Science Component - 24 credits

  • CSCI 161 - Foundations of Computer Science I
  • CSCI 162 - Foundations of Computer Science II
  • CSCI 231 - Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCI 241 - Computer Architecture
  • CSCI 251 - Introduction to Computer Security
  • CSCI 290 - Theory of Computation
  • CSCI 353 - Database Structures
  • CSCI 480 - Senior Project

Advanced Computer Science Electives - 9 credits

Choose THREE courses from the following group.

  • CSCI 300 - Networking
  • CSCI 303/304/307 - C/Visual Basic®/Python Modules (1 credit each)
  • CSCI 342 - Operating Systems
  • CSCI 365 - Computer Graphics
  • CSCI 375 - Programming the WWW
  • CSCI 385 - Data Mining
  • CSCI 395 - Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCI 400 - Special Topics
  • CSCI 451 - Applied Security Techniques
  • CSCI 452 - Database Applications
  • CSCI 461 - Programming Language Concepts
  • CSCI 475 - Software Engineering
  • CSCI 490 - Internship
  • CSCI 496 - Independent Study
  • MATH 200 - Discrete Structures
  • MATH 301 - Mathematical Stats I

Mathematics Component - 6 credits

  • MATH 150C - Elementary Discrete Mathematics
  • STAT 160 - P4 Introduction to Data Science

Total: 39 credits

B.S. Computer Science

For students majoring in computer science, required courses from all disciplines (CSCI, MATH, COMM, and ENGL) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

Basic Computer Science Component - 21 credits

  • CSCI 161 - Foundations of Computer Science I
  • CSCI 162 - Foundations of Computer Science II
  • CSCI 231 - Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCI 241 - Computer Architecture
  • CSCI 251 - Introduction to Computer Security
  • CSCI 290 - Theory of Computation
  • CSCI 303/304/307 - C/Visual BASIC®/Python

Advanced Computer Science Component - 12 credits

  • CSCI 353 - Database Structures
  • CSCI 461 - Programming Language Concepts
  • CSCI 475 - Software Engineering
  • CSCI 480 - Senior Project

Computer Science/Mathematics Electives - 18 credits

Choose 18 credits of courses in MATH and/or CSCI. CSCI courses must be numbered 300 or higher. MATH course must be numbered 200 or higher with a max of 6 credits allowed.

Mathematics Component - 6 credits

  • MATH 150C - Elementary Discrete Mathematics
  • STAT 160 - P4 Introduction to Data Science

Professional Component - 6 credits

  • COMM 250 - Speech Communication
  • ENGL 355 - Professional Writing Topics (or any approved writing course)

Total: 63 credits

Minor in Computer Science

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

Foundation Courses - 6 credits

  • CSCI 161 - Foundations of Computer Science I
  • CSCI 162 - Foundations of Computer Science II

Electives - 12 credits

  • Choose 12 elective credits at the 200 level or above; at least 6 credits must be at the 310 level or above.

Total: 18 credits


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.