Computer Science and Linguistics, BS

The computer science and linguistics combined major provides students with extensive background in the formal structures of natural (human) languages, as well as methods and applications of linguistic and psycholinguistic analyses of human language data. This is combined with an emphasis in computer science on artificial intelligence and natural language processing techniques. The major provides excellent preparation for work or more advanced degrees focusing on computational linguistics, natural language processing, speech perception, spoken language interfaces, artificial intelligence, and a wide array of related fields.

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
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
5
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 Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3800Theory of Computation (Integrative course)4
CS 4100Artificial Intelligence (Integrative course)4
CS 4120Natural Language Processing (Integrative course)4
CS 4400Programming Languages (Integrative course)4
CS 4500
and CS 4501
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
With advisor approval, directed study, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 4 credits of CS, IS, or DS courses that are not already required. Choose courses within the following range:4
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Linguistics Requirements

Introductory Linguistics
LING 1150Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
Intermediate/Advanced Linguistics
LING 2350Linguistic Analysis (Integrative course)4
LING 3412Language and Culture4
LING 3422Phonology4
LING 3450Syntax (Integrative course)4
Intermediate/Advanced Linguistics Elective
LING 3424Morphology4
or LING 3452 Semantics
Psychology Requirements
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
PSYC 3464Psychology of Language4
Laboratory/Directed Study
Complete one of the following:4
Research Seminar in Linguistics
Directed Study Research
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Seminar Requirement
LING 4654Seminar in Linguistics4
or PSYC 4658 Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Linguistics Elective
Complete one of the following:4
ASL Linguistics
Phonetics
Morphology
Bilingualism
Sociolinguistics
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Seminar in Linguistics
Cognition
Language and the Brain
Cognitive Development
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Cognition
Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
With prior approval, directed study research, independent study, and Honors Project courses can also be counted:
Research Seminar in Linguistics
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Directed Study Research
Directed Study Research

Supporting Courses

Mathematics Requirement
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks

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 five general electives.

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Interpreting Culture
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Engaging Difference and Diversity
  • 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.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, One Co-op in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5LING 23504  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Elective4  
LING 11504PSYC 11014  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 12101Elective4Co-op
MATH 13414CS 30004Elective4 
LING 34124CS 38004  
PSYC 34644LING 34224  
 PSYC 23204  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 41204Elective4Vacation
 CS 44004Elective4 
 LING 34504  
 ENGW 33024  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 45004CS 41004  
LING seminar4CS elective4  
Computing and social issues4LING elective4  
LING 3424 or 34524LING lab (or directed study)4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5LING 23504  
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5PSYC 11014  
LING 11504Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 12101Vacation0Co-op0
MATH 13414CS 30004  
LING 34124CS 38004  
PSYC 34644LING 34224  
 PSYC 23204  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CS 41204Elective4Co-op0
 CS 44004Elective4 
 LING 34504  
 ENGW 33024  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CS 41004Elective4Co-op0
 CS elective4Elective4 
 LING lab (or directed study)4  
 LING 3424 or 34524  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0CS 45004  
 LING seminar4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 LING elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134