Undergraduate Programs in Computer Science
Spring 2021 Registration Guidelines / FAQs
New Introductory Sequence Starting Fall 2020
NOTE: Our new introductory sequence of courses common to all degree programs was rolled out in Fall 2020. Information on the website reflects these new degree requirements only. Information on how the new sequence compares to the old sequence and prior degree requirements can be found here.
The Department of Computer Science offers instruction and performs research in many essential areas of computer science. We encourage you to browse the home pages of our faculty to get a sense of their on-going research interests and collaborations.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.) is the most popular degree both for graduate study in computer science and for technical careers in industry. Graduates of our program are well suited for professional employment in traditional computer and communications industries, as well as in such diverse industries as financial services and consulting practices in which computing and information management is central to the operation of the enterprise.
The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science (B.A.) is a streamlined and more flexible degree program that may be a better fit for those whose interest in computing spans the boundaries of multiple disciplines and wish to integrate their study of computing with study in a related discipline. The bachelor of arts degree will prepare the undergraduate student for a career in either a traditional computing field, or a career in a field where computing is a significant enabling technology.
Majors receive rigorous training in the foundations of computer science and the relevant mathematics in a common core introductory sequence, and then have ample opportunity to specialize in upper division courses. Please see the course catalog and recent teaching schedules for more information.
Students with interests in the cognitive, social, and organizational roles of information should consider the information science major in the School of Information and Library Science.
Students can minor in computer science with five courses, as described here.
The department also offers a B.S./M.S. combined program that allows students to graduate with both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science in as few as five years.
Computer Science is a discipline where courses build heavily on each other. We take prerequisites seriously and require that a student receive a C (not a C-) in any course that they wish to use as a prerequisite for another course. Based on our experience with a lot of students, we have determined that a C is the minimum grade that assures mastery of the content. Any exceptions to prerequisites must be approved by both the course instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.