Computer Science and Design, BS

The combined major in computer science and design integrates fundamental design courses with a strong programming foundation. Students will declare a concentration in interaction design, graphic and information design, or experience design. Students in this major often have an interest in human-centered design methods used in developing digital interfaces and applications.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
or ARTF 1000 Art and Design at Northeastern
CS 1210Professional Development for CCIS Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in computer science fundamental courses.
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4500
and CS 4501
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 8 credits of CS, IS, or DS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:8
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Design Requirements

Design Courses
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 22235D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)4
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2260Programming Basics4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)4
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
Art + Design History
Complete one of the following:4
Interactive Media and Society
Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern
Modern Art and Design History
Contemporary Art and Design History
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
History of Graphic Design
Degree Capstone Project
Complete one of the following:8
Design Degree Project 1
and Design Degree Project 2
Interaction Team Degree Project 1
and Interaction Team Degree Project 2

Design Options

Complete one of the following options:

Interaction Design Option
ARTG 2400Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)4
ARTG 3700Interaction Design 2: Mobile4
Graphic and Information Design Option
ARTG 2252Graphic Design 14
ARTG 3450Graphic Design 24
Experience Design Option
ARTG 3462Experience Design 14
ARTG 3463Experience Design 24

Degree-Focused Electives

Complete two courses from the following lists:8
Art + Design
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1125)
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)
Narrative Basics
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Animation Basics (with optional ARTD 2371)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Graphic Design 1
Business Literacy for Design and Media
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)
Graphic Design 2
Physical Computing
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Experience Design 1
Experience Design 2
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio
Foundations of Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Psychology of Language
Computer Science
Database Design
Programming in C++
Game Programming
Computer Systems
Networks and Distributed Systems
Theory of Computation
Artificial Intelligence
Game Artificial Intelligence
Computer Graphics
Programming Languages
Mobile Application Development
Web Development
Building Game Engines
Principles of Information Science
Data Collection, Integration, and Analysis
Information Presentation and Visualization
Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval
Machine Learning and Data Mining 1
Machine Learning and Data Mining 2
Directed Study
Independent Study

Integrative Requirement

The following courses are used in the major but also count as the integrative requirement:
Human Computer Interaction
Programming Basics

Supporting Course

Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete six general electives.24

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

 Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Program Requirement

131 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1200 or ARTF 10001CS 2510
and CS 2511
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ARTG 12504  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-op 1Co-op 1Elective4
CS 35004  Elective4
Design option course 14   
CS 30004   
ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 43004Co-op 2Co-op 2ENGW 3302 or 33154
ARTG 22604  Elective4
Degree-focused elective4   
Art + design history elective4   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
ARTG 33504Co-op 3Co-op 3 
Design option course 24   
Degree-focused elective 24   
Computing and social issues elective4   
 16 0 0 
Year 5
Design capstone 1*4Design capstone 2*4  
ARTG 34514CS elective4  
CS 4500
and CS 4501
CS elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ARTG 12504CS 30004 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 22604Co-op 1Co-op 1ENGW 33024
ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4  Elective4
Design option course 14   
Degree-focused elective 14   
CS 12101   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11701Co-op 2Co-op 2Elective4
IS 43004  Elective4
Design option course 24   
Art + design history elective4   
Computing and social issues4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Design capstone 1*4Design capstone 2*4Elective4 
ARTG 33504Degree-focused elective 24Elective4 
ARTG 34514CS elective4  
CS 4500
and CS 4501
4CS elective4  
 16 16 8 
Total Hours: 134