Computer Science and Media Arts, BS

The computer science and media arts combined major is ideal for creative students who love technology. You’ll 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 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
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 Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4300Computer Graphics4
CS 4500Software Development4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction4
Computer Science Senior Seminar
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

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
ARTD 2100Narrative Basics4
ARTF 1120Observational Drawing4
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing
and 2D Tools
5
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
5
ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing
and 4D Tools
5
Media Arts Electives
Complete six of the following:24-27
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing
and 5D Tools
Basics
Photo Basics
and Photo Tools
Animation Basics
and Animation Tools
Video Basics
and Video Tools
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
Video in Context: Video and Social Change
History
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Media Arts Capstone Requirement
ARTD 4530Media Arts Degree Project 14
ARTD 4670Media Arts Degree Project 24

Supporting Courses

Mathematics Requirement
MATH 2331Linear Algebra4
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

Integrative Courses

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

Required General Electives

Complete five general electives.16

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

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 25104CS 35004Vacation0
CS 18004CS 25111Elective4 
CS 1802 or 18011CS 32004  
CS 25004ARTF 11204  
CS 25011ARTF 11244  
ARTF 11224ARTF 11251  
ARTF 11231   
ENGW 11114   
 20 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opElective4
CS 48004  Elective4
IS 43004   
ARTF 22204   
ARTF 22211   
Media arts elective4   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11701Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
MATH 23314   
Computer science elective4   
Media arts elective4   
Media arts elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 43004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ENGW 33024   
Media arts elective4   
Media arts elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ARTD 4530 (*)4ARTD 4670 (*)4  
CS 45004Computing and social issues4  
Computer science elective4Elective4  
Media arts elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 137

*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 18004CS 25111Elective4 
CS 1802 or 18011CS 32004  
CS 25004ARTF 11204  
CS 25011ARTF 11244  
ARTF 11224ARTF 11251  
ARTF 11231   
ENGW 11114   
 20 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opMATH 23314
CS 48004  Elective4
IS 43004   
ARTF 22204   
ARTF 22211   
Media arts elective4   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11701Co-op0Co-op0ENGW 33024
CS 43004  Elective4
Computer science elective4   
Media arts elective4   
Media arts elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
CS 45004ARTD 46704Elective4 
ARTD 45304Computing and social issues4Elective4 
Computer science elective4Media arts elective4  
Media arts elective4Media arts elective4  
 16 16 8 
Total Hours: 137

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.