Computer Science and Media Arts, BS

The computer science and media arts combined major is ideal for creative students who love technology. Students will acquire a solid foundation in both fields through curriculum that spans photography, animation, video, database design, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction.

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 Khoury Co-op1
or EEAM 2000 Professional Development for Co-op
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in all computer science fundamental courses except CS 1802:
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 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4300Computer Graphics4
CS 4500
and CS 4501
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
4
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Khoury 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, CY, DS, or IS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:8
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
CY 2000 or higher, except CY 4930
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900

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

Media Arts Courses

Required Media Arts Courses
ARTF 1120Observational Drawing4
Complete one course in the following range. ARTF 1143 is recommended.4
ARTF 1141 to ARTF 1149
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
5
ARTD 2100Narrative Basics4
ARTF 22204D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)4
Media Arts Electives
Complete any six courses as long as prerequisites have been met. At least two must be a 3000-level course. 24
Basics
Photo Basics
Animation Basics
Video Basics
Photography
Photography 1
Photography 2
Studio Photography
Alternative Photographic Processes
Animation
Animation 1
Virtual Environment Design
Character Design for Animation
Animation for Games
Animation 2
Animation 3
Digital Sculpture and Model Making
Video
Video: Sound and Image
Collaborative Video and Community Engagement
History
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Media Arts Capstone
ARTD 4530Media Arts Degree Project 14

Supporting Courses

Mathematics Requirement
MATH 2331Linear Algebra4
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Literature and Digital Diversity
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The Twenty-First-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Integrative Courses

The following courses are fulfilled through the computer science requirement:
Computer Graphics
Human Computer Interaction

Required General Electives

Complete 20 credits of general electives.20

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

  • Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience

  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, and IS courses

Program Requirement

131 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004Elective4 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4  
ARTF 11434ARTF 11204  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opElective4
IS 43004  Elective4
CS 30004   
ARTD 21004   
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
5   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11701Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
MATH 23314   
Khoury elective4   
ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4   
Media arts elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 43004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Media arts elective4ENGW 33024  
Khoury elective4   
Media arts elective4   
 16 4 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 4500
and CS 4501
4ARTD 45304  
Media arts elective4Computing and social issues4  
Media arts elective4Media arts elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 139

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 25104CS 35004Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 25111Elective4 
CS 25004CS 32004  
CS 25011ARTF 1122 (with optionals ARTF 1123)4  
ARTF 11434ARTF 11204  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opMATH 23314
IS 43004  Elective4
CS 3000 (Media arts elective)4   
ARTD 21004   
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
5   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11701Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
CS 43004ENGW 33024 Media arts elective4
Khoury elective4   
ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4   
Media arts elective4   
 17 4 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
CS 4500
and CS 4501
4ARTD 45304Elective4 
Khoury elective4Computing and social issues4Elective4 
Media arts elective4Media arts elective4  
Media arts elective4Media arts elective4  
 16 16 8 
Total Hours: 139

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.