Computer Science and Philosophy, BS

The computer science and philosophy combined major offers an opportunity to obtain a fluency in formal logic, including logical proofs and the ability to represent arguments clearly and evaluate them for cogency. Students will find that logic plays a fundamental role in computer science as they experience an in-depth programming foundation. The philosophy curriculum also focuses on oral and written communication, as well as ethical and social issues related to computing and information technologies.

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.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

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 2800
and CS 2801
Logic and Computation
and Lab for CS 2800
5
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3800Theory of Computation4
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, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be be taken for upper-division electives.
Complete 8 credits of upper-division 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

Philosophy Courses

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
or PHIL 2330 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 1145Technology and Human Values4
PHIL 4515Advanced Logic4
Philosophy Restricted Electives
Take two courses, at least one of which is at the 4000 or 5000 level, from the following:8
Existentialism
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Electives
Take three PHIL courses.12

Integrative Course Requirement 

These courses will double count in other areas of your major:
Theory of Computation
Advanced Logic

Computer Science English Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one course from the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Humanities
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete 11 general electives.44

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
    
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
    
  • Analyzing and Using Data
    
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
    
  • Interpreting Culture
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Employing Ethical Reasoning
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
    
  • 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, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2800
and CS 2801
5Elective4 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5PHIL 2325, POLS 2325, or PHIL 23304  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
PHIL 11154   
 19 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 30004CS elective 14ENGW 3302, 3309, or 33154Co-op
PHIL 11454PHIL elective 24Elective4 
PHIL elective 14PHIL elective 34  
Elective4Elective4  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 38004Elective4Co-op
 CS elective 24Elective4 
 PHIL 45154  
 Elective4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opCS 45004Elective4 
 PHIL intermediate/advanced elective4Elective4 
 PHIL capstone4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 
Total Hours: 135

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 1800
and CS 1801
4CS 2800
and CS 2801
5  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5PHIL 2325, POLS 2325, or PHIL 23304  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
PHIL 1115 or PHIL 12154   
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 30004CS elective 14VacationCo-op
CS 35004PHIL elective 14  
PHIL 11454PHIL elective 24  
Elective4Elective4  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 38004ENGW 3302, 3309, or 33154Co-op
 PHIL 45154Elective4 
 PHIL elective 34  
 Elective4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS elective 24Elective4Co-op
 PHIL intermediate/advanced elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opCS 45004  
 PHIL capstone4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134