B.S. in Computer Science


The B.S. degree program in computer science provides a balance between theoretical foundations and applied computer science with the ultimate goal of presenting knowledge likely to be of ongoing value throughout one’s career. The preparation of the B.S. is aimed at students who want to pursue a career as an industry practitioner and/or as an academic.

Among the 25 occupation groups of The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Technology is rated second highest in median pay and fourth highest in projected employment growth for the period 2014 to 2024.


If you decided before Fall 2013 you may use the old Computer Science B.S. curriculum located here.

If you decided before Fall 2020 but after 2013 you may use the old Computer Science B.S. curriculum located at B.S. in Computer Science (Pre Fall 2020)

Major Requirements (61 Credit Hours)

Both of the following must be taken:

(By arrangement with the Undergraduate Program Director, the extra credits from MATH 161/162 may be applied towards the “Computer Science Free Electives” category.)

All of the following must be taken:

COMP-BS Restricted Electives

Select 9 credits from:

Practicum Capstone

Six (6) credits taken from one or more of COMP 312: Open Source Software Practicum, COMP 390: Broadening Participation in STEM (Computing, Math & Science), COMP 391: Internship in Computer Science, and COMP 398: Independent Study. See the details of registering in the links for each course. Students are encouraged to complete these credits during junior and senior years to draw on prior experience.

Computer Science Free Electives


With permission, extra credits of MATH 161: Calculus I, MATH 162: Calculus II, or 300 level MATH, PHYS, or STAT for double majors can be applied in this category.)

General Notes

  • Credits never can be double-counted for different categories of the requirements for the major. But a course may satisfy a major requirement and also satisfy a University and/or College requirement (e.g., Core, residency, Engaged Learning, Writing Intensive).

  • It is usually not meant to combine a computing major or minor with another, the principal exception being CCFR-MINR; see more detail in the double-dipping rules.

Suggested Ordering of Courses

See this COMP-BS Sample Schedule.