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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 helps visualize the partial ordering of classes.

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Curriculum sheets


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 Outcomes

The Computer Science program has the following student outcomes which are abilities that we measure at the time of graduation or before that will enable our graduates to achieve the program educational objectives.
The program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  • recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • an 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. 
  • an ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.


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