The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers three major programs in computing: a Bachelor of Science in computer science, a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems and a Bachelor of Science in computer science with healthcare information technology.

All three majors have a common set of core courses for the first two years of study, preparing students with a strong foundation in software programming and application development. The majors diverge for the upper-level courses, with computer science majors acquiring a strong understanding of how and why technology works, while computer information systems majors focus on learning how to apply technology to solve complex business problems.

The major in computer science leading to the Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for a career in technology, as well as graduate study in computer science.  Computer science careers span the spectrum of possibilities:  from working for national companies with large, well-established technology departments to founding entrepreneurial start-up companies at the frontier of future technology to filling critical support roles in virtually all possible fields, including medicine, business, manufacturing, consulting, government, law, and research.

Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students who begin the C.S. major during fall of 2011 or later. Students who began in earlier years should consult with an academic advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

In addition to the University’s core curriculum, the following courses are required for the B.S. degree in Computer Science:

  • Introduction to Web Design and Image Processing (CS 125)
  • Introduction to Software Application Development, with lab (CS 128 and CS 128L)
  • Database Systems (CS 150)
  • Advanced Web Design (CS 225)
  • Object-Oriented Design and Programming (CS 228)
  • Computational Modeling (CS 242)
  • Software Development Practices (CS 270)
  • Advanced Programming (CS 328)
  • Software Engineering Project (CS 470)
  • Two CS courses chosen from the following list
    • Robotics (CS 333)
    • Game Design and Programming (CS 360)
    • Network Programming (CS 428)
    • Operating Systems (CS 464)
    • Design Patterns (CS 477)
  • Three additional CS courses at or above the 300 level.
  • One MT course chosen from the following list
    • Applied Mathematics (MT 118)
    • Elementray Statistics I (MT 122)
    • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (MT 135)
    • Applied Calculus (MT 130)
    • An alternate MT course, with permission of the department.

Students obtaining a B.S. degree in computer science must also pass a comprehensive exam.