Computer Science, BACS

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science offers a similar curriculum to the BS, with slightly fewer CS requirements to allow students to study a foreign language and have a wider choice of electives.

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.

Requirements for BA

All BA students are required to complete the BA requirements.

Computer Science Requirements

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
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
CS 2810Mathematics of Data Models4
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3650Computer Systems4
CS 3800Theory of Computation4
CS 4500Software Development4
Security Required Course
Complete one of the following:4
Foundations of Cybersecurity
Systems Security
Network Security
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Khoury 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, CY, DS, or IS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges: 4
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 Concentrations 

Pick one of the following concentrations and complete four courses in that concentration.major. In all concentrations, up to one Research (CS 4991) course can be substituted with advisor approval.  Any missing prerequisites or NUpath requirements must be taken using computer science or general electives. In particular, students must arrange to take a NUpath capstone using either a course in the concentration or a CS, CY, DS, or IS course taken as a computer science elective or as a general elective.

Concentration: Artificial Intelligence

CS 4100Artificial Intelligence4
DS 4400Machine Learning and Data Mining 14
Complete two of the following classes not already taken:8
Natural Language Processing
Game Artificial Intelligence
Robotic Science and Systems
Information Retrieval
Machine Learning and Data Mining 2
Cognition

Concentration: Foundations

CS 2800Logic and Computation4
or CS 4820 Computer-Aided Reasoning
CS 4805Advanced Theory of Computation4
or CS 4810 Advanced Algorithms
Complete two of the following classes not already taken:8
Advanced Theory of Computation
Advanced Algorithms
Computer-Aided Reasoning
System Specification, Verification, and Synthesis
Introduction to Computer Science Research
and Computer Science Research Seminar
and Computer Science Research Seminar
Cryptography

Concentration: Human-Centered Computing

IS 4300Human Computer Interaction4
IS 4800Empirical Research Methods4
Complete two of the following classes not already taken:8
Principles of Information Science
Social Information Systems
Natural Language Processing
Mobile Application Development
Web Development
Information Presentation and Visualization

*The concentration in human-centered computing requires a fall co-op pattern.

Concentration: Software

CS 2800Logic and Computation4
CS 3700Networks and Distributed Systems4
CS 4400Programming Languages4
Complete one of the following classes not already taken:4
Programming in C++
Building Extensible Systems
Large-Scale Parallel Data Processing
Compilers
Web Development
Mobile Application Development
Computer-Aided Reasoning

Concentration: Systems

CS 3700Networks and Distributed Systems4
Complete one of the following classes not already taken:4
Systems Security
Network Security
Complete two of the following classes not already taken:8
Programming in C++
Computer Graphics
Systems Security
Robotic Science and Systems
Mobile and Wireless Systems
High Performance Computing
Network Security

Supporting Courses

Mathematics Courses
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering (a grade of C– or higher is required)4
MATH 1365Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning4
Science Courses
Complete one course from one of the following groups:4
Biology
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
Chemistry
General Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1101
and Recitation for CHEM 1101
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Lab for CHEM 1151
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
Geology
Dynamic Earth
and Lab for ENVR 1200
History of Earth and Life
and Interpreting Earth History
Mathematics
Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering
Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
Physics
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
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

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 32 credits of general electives.32

Khoury College GPA Requirement

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

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • 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.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004MATH 13414
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 28104Elective4Elective4
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5MATH 13654  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
Foreign language course4   
 19 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 36504Co-opCo-opElective4
CS 30004  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Foreign language course4   
CS 12101   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 38004Co-opCo-opENGW 33024
Foreign language course4  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Science course with lab5   
THTR 11701   
 18 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Khoury elective4CS 4500
and CS 4501
4  
Computing and social issues course4Concentration course4  
Concentration course4Elective4  
Security course4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 135

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 28104  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5MATH 13654  
ENGW 11114Security course4  
Foreign language course4   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
MATH 13414   
CS 30004   
CS 12101   
Foreign language course4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 36504Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
CS 38004  Elective4
Foreign language course4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0ENGW 33024
Concentration course4  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Concentration course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Computing and social issues4THTR 11701  
Khoury elective4CS 4500
and CS 4501
4  
Science elective with lab5Concentration course4  
Elective4Elective4  
 Elective4  
 17 17  
Total Hours: 135