Computer Science and Design, BS

The combined major in computer science and design integrates fundamental design courses with a strong programming foundation. You’ll 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 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
or ARTF 1000 Art and Design at Northeastern
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Upper-Level Requirements
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4500Software Development4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction4
Computer Science Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
Complete two courses in 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 1122
and ARTF 1123
2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing
and 2D Tools
5
ARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing
and 5D Tools
5
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2260Programming Basics4
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
Typography 1
and Type Tools
5
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 2400
and ARTG 2401
Interaction Design 1: Responsive
and Interaction Design Tools
5
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:
Art + Design
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing
and 4D Tools
Narrative Basics
Photo Basics
and Photo Tools
Animation Basics
and Animation Tools
Video Basics
and Video Tools
Graphic Design 1
Business Literacy for Design and Media
Interaction Design 1: Responsive
and Interaction Design Tools
Graphic Design 2
Physical Computing
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Service Design
Experience Design 1
Experience Design 2
Transmedia Design
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Information Design 2
Environmental Design
Typography 3
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio
Psychology
Foundations of Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Psychology of Language
Cognition
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
Computer Science Topics
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
Research
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
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights

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 & 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

135 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 1200 or ARTF 10001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5  
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ARTG 12504  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Elective4  
ENGW 11114ARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
5  
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
5   
 20 18  
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-op 1Co-op 1Elective4
CS 35004  Elective4
CS 48004   
Design option course 14   
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
5   
 18 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
FallHoursSpringHours  
Design capstone 1*4Design capstone 2*4  
ARTG 34514CS elective4  
CS 45004Elective4  
CS elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 137
*

 Indicates course must be taken in the semester listed.

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004 
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ARTG 12504CS 48004 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
5  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
5   
 20 18 8 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 22604Co-op 1Co-op 1ENGW 33024
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
5  Elective4
Design option course 14   
Degree-focused elective 14   
CS 12101   
 18 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 45004CS elective  
 16 12 8 
Total Hours: 133