2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BS/Computer Science, MS (0701/1701)

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The purpose of the programs is to allow superior students to accelerate the pace of learning and to complete the bachelor’s and master’s programs in five years. Students will accomplish this goal by taking 15 to 18 graduate credits during the first four years that fulfill current undergraduate requirements and, in the fifth year, satisfy graduate requirements. Graduate courses taken in the undergraduate program are calculated as part of the undergraduate cumulative index. Graduate courses taken in the graduate program (fifth year) are calculated as part of the graduate cumulative index. The program will follow the existing curricula for undergraduate and graduate programs currently offered by the department. As part of the program, students will engage in a variety of internship experiences.

After four years, students will have completed the bachelor’s program. Upon completion of the five-year program, students will have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, as well as significant internship experience that will allow them to pursue an exciting career in computer science and/or a doctoral degree. The program should be completed in a maximum of six years.

In the first four years, students will complete 124-130 credits to fulfill the bachelor’s degree, including 18 graduate credits toward the master’s degree. In the fifth year, students will complete the remaining 15 credits to fulfill the 33 credits of the master’s degree.

BS in Computer Science


College Core 49-50 Credits
Major Prerequisites 26-33 Credits
Major Requirements 41 Credits
Open Electives 0-4 Credits
Total Credits in BS Degree 120-124 Credits

Overview: Year 5

Graduate Computer Science Courses 15 Credits
Total Credits BS/MS 135-139 Credits

College Core

Science Core

  • Two additional courses acceptable for major credit in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (6-10 Credits)

Major Prerequisites

  • 4 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • Two additional Mathematics courses for major credit selected from the following list in consultation with an advisor: MTH 232, MTH 233, MTH 236, MTH 240, MTH 250, any 300 or 400 level MTH class. 6-8 Credits
  • One laboratory-based course acceptable for major credit in Biology, Chemistry or Physics to complete the sequence from the college core (such as BIO 120, BIO 225, CHM 110, PHY 202). 4-5 credits
  • Two additional courses in Biology, Chemistry or Physics acceptable for major credit (courses need not be in the same discipline). 6-10 credits

Graduate Level Courses taken as Undergraduate

  • CS 650 - Operating Systems (3 Credits)


  • Five Graduate Level CS Electives (12 Credits)

Total Major Requirements: 41 Credits

Open Electives 0-4 Credits

Total BS Requirements: 120-124 Credits

MS in Computer Science

MS Requirements

  • CS 980 - Thesis Preparation Seminar (3 Credits)
  • CS 981 - Thesis (3 Credits)
  • 3 CS Graduate Level Electives (9 Credits)

Index Requirement

CS 201 , CS 202  and all other courses counted toward the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. To continue in the major, students who fail to earn a grade of “C” or better in a required course must repeat that course before taking additional courses.

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