Computer Science BS
The B.S. in Computer Science combines the depth and breadth of traditional computer science studies with practical exposure to a wide variety of tools and technologies. This program is designed for those interested in software and computer systems. It provides students a solid foundation in computing and mathematics, and facilitates specializations offered through electives and certificates such as Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Mobile Apps and Computing, and Internet and Web. In addition, students develop practical skills for working in groups and technical reading and writing. Students completing this degree have also gained professional and ethical perspectives and are well prepared for a challenging career or further graduate studies in Computer Science. The entire program can be completed in the evening, and most courses can also be completed online.
General Education Requirements
All department majors must satisfy the university and appropriate school or college general education requirements. All mathematics courses may be used to meet the university’s general education breadth of study requirement in natural sciences and mathematics.
All department majors may not take mathematical and computer sciences courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students considering graduate study should consult with their advisers about taking work on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
All courses of the department presented to meet the degree requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. At least four courses numbered 3000 or above must be taken in residence. Students must have a 2.0 grade point average in the computer science courses completed.
A minimum grade of C- is required to meet the prerequisite requirement for any course except with permission of the department.
Students who are ready to begin their program with CMP SCI 2250 Programming and Data Structures, will be granted credit for CMP SCI 1250, Introduction to Computing, once they complete CMP SCI 2250 with a grade of C- or better.
Note: Courses that are prerequisites for higher-level courses may not be taken for credit or quality points if the higher-level course has been satisfactorily completed.
Degree Requirements in Computer Science
Candidates for the B. S. Computer Science degree must complete the following work:
|1) Computer Science Core|
|CMP SCI 1000||Computer Science Experiences||1|
|CMP SCI 1250||Introduction to Computing||3|
|CMP SCI 2250||Programming and Data Structures||3|
|CMP SCI 2261||Object-Oriented Programming||3|
|CMP SCI 2700||Computer Organization and Architecture||3|
|CMP SCI 2750||Linux Environment and Programming||3|
|CMP SCI 3010||Web Full Stack Development||3|
|CMP SCI 3130||Design and Analysis of Algorithms||3|
|CMP SCI 4250||Programming Languages||3|
|CMP SCI 4280||Program Translation Project||3|
|CMP SCI 4500||Introduction to the Software Profession||3|
|CMP SCI 4760||Operating Systems||3|
|2) Computer Science Electives|
|Select five more elective computer science courses, numbered above 3000.||15|
|3) Mathematics and Statistics|
|MATH 1320||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||3|
|MATH 1800||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|MATH 1900||Analytic Geometry and Calculus II||5|
|MATH 2450||Elementary Linear Algebra||3|
|MATH 3000||Discrete Structures||3|
|4) Additional Skills|
|ENGL 3130||Technical Writing||3|
There are no related area requirements for majors in Computer Science
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Apply logical reasoning, algorithmic and mathematical principles, and computer science theory to understand and solve a wide variety of computational problems
- Analyze computing problems, their size and scope, and input-output requirements
- Analyze, evaluate, and compare alternative solutions to computing problems, with particular reference to computational complexity, scalability, and usability
- Compare multiple general-purpose programming languages and select and use the appropriate languages for specific applications
- Design, implement (code) and document solutions to computational problems
- Create software systems following specific design and performance requirements within practical constraints
- Implement Internet applications on client and server sides
- Work effectively in teams to design, implement and evaluate solutions to computational problems
- Effectively communicate computer science concepts and solutions, verbally and in writing
- Recognize and promote the professional, social, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities in the computing / software profession
Sample Four Year Plan
|INTDSC 10031||1||CMP SCI 1000||1|
|ENGL 1100||3||CMP SCI 1250||3|
|MATH 1030||3||MATH 1800||5|
|MATH 1035||2||CORE – US History & Government||3|
|EXPLORE – Humanities & Fine Arts||3||EXPLORE – Social Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE – Social Sciences||3|
|CMP SCI 2250||3||CMP SCI 2261||3|
|CMP SCI 2700||3||CMP SCI 2750||3|
|MATH 1320||3||CMP SCI 3010||3|
|MATH 1900||5||MATH 3000||3|
|EXPLORE – Humanities and Fine Arts||3||CORE – Communication Proficiency||3|
|CMP SCI 3130||3||CMP SCI 4760||3|
|CMP SCI 4250||3||CMP SCI 3000+ level elective||3|
|CMP SCI 3000+ Elective Course||3||CMP SCI 3000+ level elective||3|
|MATH 2450||3||EXPLORE – Social Sciences||3|
|ENGL 3130||3||Elective or minor||3|
|CMP SCI 4500||3||CMP SCI 4280||3|
|CMP SCI 3000+ level elective||3||CMP SCI 3000+ level elective||3|
|Cultural Diversity Requirement||3||Elective or minor||3|
|EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3||Elective or minor||3|
|Elective or minor||3||Elective or minor||1|
|Total Hours: 120|
INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 college credits.
Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester . All requirements are subject to change.