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. 

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 Requirements

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200First Year Seminar1
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
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 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, 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 2500 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. 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 courses 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

Complete two of the following:
CS 2800
and CS 2801
Logic and Computation
and Lab for CS 2800
4-5
or CS 4820 Computer-Aided Reasoning
CS 4805Advanced Theory of Computation4
or CS 4810 Advanced Algorithms
Complete two of the following courses 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 courses 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 2800
and CS 2801
Logic and Computation
and Lab for CS 2800
5
CS 3700Networks and Distributed Systems4
CS 4400Programming Languages4
Complete one of the following courses not already taken:
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 courses not already taken:4
Systems Security
Network Security
Complete two of the following courses 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
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Literature and Digital Diversity
History of Technology
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Knowledge in a Digital World
Knowledge in a Digital World
Technology and Human Values
The Twenty-First-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:8
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
Mathematics
Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering
Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
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 32 credits of general electives.32

Khoury College GPA Requirement

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

Computer Science Credit Requirements

Complete 60 semester hours in the major. 

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 28104Elective4CS 30004
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Science elective with lab5  
MATH 13654Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 18 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 36504Co-opCo-opElective4
EECE 21604  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Elective4   
CS 12101   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 38004Co-opCo-opENGW 33024
THTR 11701  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Elective4   
Computing and social issues4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 45004Concentration course4  
Khoury elective4Khoury elective4  
Concentration course4Security course4  
Science elective with lab5Elective4  
 17 16  
Total Hours: 136

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
5Science elective with lab5  
MATH 13654Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 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-op0Elective4
CS 36504  Elective4
Science elective with lab5   
Concentration course4   
THTR 11701   
 18 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Concentration course4Co-op0Co-op0ENGW 33024
Concentration course4  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
EECE 21604CS 45004  
Khoury elective4Computing and social issues4  
Khoury elective4Security course4  
Concentration course4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 136