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Computer Science

B.S. in Computer Science - System/Scientific Option

The Systems/Scientific Applications Option requires a minimum of 47 hours of approved computer science courses. In addition, this option requires additional mathematics courses and several science courses designated for science or engineering majors.

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Starting from Fall 2012, students who wish to declare a 629 computer science major are initially designated as 629P - Computer Science (Prep). In order to be granted full admission into the 629 computer science major, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of CS 180, CS 181, and CS 280 with grades of C or better.
  • Submit a Change of Major form to change from 629P to a 629 major.

Pre-2011 Catalog

2011-2012, 2012-2013 Catalog: 47 Hour Requirements for System/Scientific Option:

  1. All CS courses counting towards the CS program major must be completed with a C or better.
  2. Completion of the following CS core courses (35 hrs):
    • CS 180 Computer Science I (4 hrs)
    • CS 181 Computer Science II (4 hrs)
    • CS 251 Introduction to Database (3 hrs)
    • CS 280 Computer Science III (3 hrs)
    • CS 325 Computer Organization and Architecture (3 hrs)
    • CS 360 Software Engineering (3 hrs)
    • CS 380 Data Structures (3 hrs)
    • CS 382 Programming Languages (3 hrs)
    • CS 396 Intermediate Software Project (3 hrs)
    • CS 425 Operating Systems I (3 hrs)
    • CS 496 Senior Project and Professional Practice (3 hrs)
  3. Completion of 12 hrs of CS electives from the following courses: CS 370, 381, 443, 445, 446, 450, and 456.
  4. Completion of 2 courses from the following list: MATH 127, 137, 305, 307, 331, 405, 406, 470, and 473
  5. Additional requirements include
    • ENG 307 and MATH 136 and STAT 301 and PHIL 215
    • Completion of one year of a laboratory science (a two semester sequence of the same science) and one additional science course (all must be designed for Science/Engineering majors).
    • One additional course from the above list of MATH courses (this course may not be used to satisfy any other CS major degree requirement) or one additional science course designed for science/engineering majors.

 Complete List of Academic Requirements and Regulations

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 Last Modified 3/30/15