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Computer Science B.S.C.S.

The Computer Science B.S. degree is for students who want to learn how to develop large complex software using the latest technologies or who are interested in studying computation. Graduates work as software engineers, systems analysts, and systems designers, among other titles.

The official degree requirements are in the Bulletin Listing.

Below you will find the guidesheets given each year of initial matriculation. You should also read about the application area requirement and computing clusters recommendations as well as the list of classes that satisfy the Liberal Arts Elective requirement.

Our CS Prerequistes graph (2015) helps visualize the partial ordering of classes.

Major Maps

Curriculum sheets

Guidesheets

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the Computer Science degree program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for successful practice in the field of computing and for post-baccalaureate education. The program educational objectives are that five years after graduation Computer Science graduates will be:

  • contributing to economic development and society through the development and management of computer systems for industry and research.
  • continuing their professional development through professional study and research.
  • advancing in their careers through knowledge of computer science, communication skills and understanding of computer systems and contemporary technological issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation students should satisfy the following student outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities associated with computing.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a range of audiences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Students will demonstrate recognition of the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity. 

Accreditation

The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

 Enrollment Year

Fall Enrollment

Degrees Awarded*

2013 251  26
2014 330 46
2015 375 62
2016 469 73
2017 506  

 * Total number of degrees awarded during the Fall, and subsequent
  Spring and Summer of year listed.