Computer Science, BSCS

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science focuses on the fundamentals of program design, software development, computer organization, systems and networks, theories of computation, principles of languages, and advanced algorithms and data. The bachelor's degree in computer science is also offered with a concentration in cyber operations.

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 Major Requirements

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
CS 2800
and CS 2801
Logic and Computation
and Lab for CS 2800
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3650Computer Systems4
CS 3700Networks and Distributed Systems4
CS 3800Theory of Computation4
CS 4400Programming Languages4
CS 4500
and CS 4501
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Capstone
Complete one of the following:4-5
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Graphics
Compilers
Game Artificial Intelligence
Web Development
Research
Information Science Senior Project
Computer Science 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, 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

Supporting Courses

Mathematics Courses
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering (a grade of C– or higher is required)4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering (a grade of C– or higher is required)4
MATH 2331Linear Algebra4
MATH 3081Probability and Statistics4
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
Electrical Engineering
EECE 2160Embedded Design: Enabling Robotics4
Science Requirement
Complete two courses for one of the following science categories:10
Biology
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
Then complete one of the following:
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
Chemistry
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
Geology/Environmental Science (Option 1)
Dynamic Earth
and Lab for ENVR 1200
History of Earth and Life
and Interpreting Earth History
Geology/Environmental Science (Option 2)
Dynamic Earth
and Lab for ENVR 1200
Then complete one of the following:
Earth Materials
and Lab for ENVR 2310
Earth Landforms and Processes
and Lab for ENVR 2340
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Applied Hydrogeology
and Lab for ENVR 4500
Geology/Environmental Science (Option 3)
History of Earth and Life
and Interpreting Earth History
Ancient Marine Life
and Lab for ENVR 5242
Physics
Complete one of the following sequences:
Sequence A
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Sequence B
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Sequence C
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
and Recitation for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
and Recitation for PHYS 1165

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 eight general electives.32

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Computer Science Credit Requirements

Complete 60 semester hours in the major. Acceptable courses for this requirement include all CS courses (except CS 5010) and IS 2000 and higher (except IS 4900).

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

135 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 35004Elective4
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2800
and CS 2801
5Elective4MATH 13424
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5MATH 13414  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
Elective4   
 19 18 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 36504Co-opCo-opMATH 30814
CS 30004  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
CS 12101   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 37004Co-opCo-opMATH 23314
CS 38004  ENGW 33024
Science elective with lab5   
THTR 11701   
Computing and social issues4   
 18 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 44004CS 4500
and CS 4501
4  
EECE 21604Computer science capstone4  
Science elective with lab5Elective4  
Computer science elective4Computer science elective4  
 17 16  
Total Hours: 137

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 2800
and CS 2801
5  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Elective4  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
Elective4   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
MATH 13414   
CS 30004   
Elective4   
CS 12101   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 38004Co-op0Co-op0MATH 23314
CS 36504  Elective4
MATH 13424   
Science elective with lab5   
THTR 11701   
 18 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 37004Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
MATH 30814  Elective4
ENGW 33024   
Science elective with lab5   
 17 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 44004CS 4500
and CS 4501
4  
EECE 21604Computing and social issues4  
CS undergraduate elective4Capstone4  
CS undergraduate elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 137