The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is a four-year degree program intended to prepare students for either a career requiring a thorough background in the field or for graduate school. It is modeled to some extent on the curricular recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and provides both considerable breadth and depth.

Requirements for the major

I. Departmental requirements: 49 credit hours including:

A. Core Principles: CSCI 1120, 1320, 1321, 1323, 2320, 2321, 2322, 3320, 3321, 3322.

B. Departmental Colloquium: Four semesters of CSCI 2094.

C. Curricular Groups: At least three hours from each of the following groups: 

  1. Applications Group: CSCI 3311, 3342, 3343, 3344, 3352, 3353, 3366, 3-95 
  2. Systems Group: CSCI 3323, 3-96 
  3. Design Group: CSCI 3312, 3345, 3362, 3-97 

D. Capstone: One of the following options: 

  1. Senior Software Project: CSCI 4385 and 4386
  2. Senior Thesis: CSCI 3398, 4398, and 4399 plus additional requirements listed in the section "Senior Thesis" below. 

E. Electives: Additional upper-division computer science hours sufficient to total at least 49 credit hours. 

II. Mathematics requirement: 

Six hours from the following: any MATH course (excluding 1301, 1310, 1330, 3194, 3195); CSCI 2324; PHIL 3340, 3343

III. University requirements: 

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 hours. 

Senior Thesis 


I. Overall grade point average of 3.0 or better at the time the thesis option is selected.

II. Grade point average in computer science of 3.0 or better at the time the thesis option is selected.

III. Successful completion of CSCI 3398, and 4399 (normally taken in consecutive semesters beginning in the Spring semester of the junior year).

IV. Selection of a faculty committee consisting of a thesis chair chosen from the computer science faculty and two additional faculty members during the semester in which CSCI 3398 is taken.

V. A public formal presentation and defense of the thesis during the semester in which CSCI 4399 is taken. 


To be eligible for the distinction of graduation with Honors in Computer Science the requirements are:

  1. Completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
  2. Completion of the requirements for the Senior Thesis described above.
  3. Grade point average of at least 3.33 or better in all courses prior to the semester of graduation.
  4. Grade point average of 3.33 or better in all computer science courses prior to the semester of graduation.
  5. A written request for honors consideration, submitted to the department chair in the semester prior to the semester of graduation. 

The decision of whether or not to confer the honors designation will be made by the departmental faculty and will be determined by departmental vote. The criteria include quality of the written thesis, quality of the oral presentation, and contribution to the field.

When a thesis receives the honors designation, this designation is so noted on the student’s transcript and announced at graduation.

Students who successfully complete CSCI 4399 with a grade of C or better, but fail to achieve honors status or fail to meet the deadline for submitting a thesis for departmental honors will be considered to have met the capstone requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science provided that they submit a completed thesis by the end of the semester. 

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