The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) is designed for students planning a career in computing. To complete the BSCS, students must meet all requirements for an applied science degree from the McKelvey School of Engineering in addition to the below requirements. The degree requires 120 units including core courses, math courses, and electives.
Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Engineering
CSE 240 or Math 310
Logic and Discrete Mathematics Foundations for Higher Mathematics
Data Structures and Algorithms
Object-Oriented Software Development Laboratory
Analysis of Algorithms
*Each of these core courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
Technical Elective Requirements
At least 24 additional units in computer science or computer science-related courses with an S, M, T or A suffix of which at least one must be a systems (S) course and at least one must be a machine (M) or application (A) course. In satisfying these technical electives, up to 6 units may be taken outside the CSE classroom. Independent work (CSE 400E, CSE 497-CSE499) is possible by finding a suitable faculty mentor for the work. Such work can be classified as S, M, T or A with approval. Some or all of the 6 units may also be satisfied by taking courses in other departments, including those outside of the Engineering School. Students can seek approval for courses by contacting the associate chair.
Students with interests in a particular area of computing should refer to the technical elective course sequences for suggestions on which courses are relevant to that area.
Math 309 or ESE 318
Matrix Algebra Engineering Mathematics A
Or Math 3200
Or Math 3211
Or DAT 120 & DAT 121
Probability and Statistics for Engineering
Elementary to Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis
Statistics for Data Science I
Managerial Statistics I and II
*Upon completing a course in the calculus sequence (Math 131-Math 132-Math 233) with a grade of C+ or better, the student may apply to receive credit for the preceding courses in the calculus sequence by following the department'sback credit policy.
Additional Departmental Requirements*
College Writing I
Natural Sciences electives
Humanities and Social Sciences electives
*The College Writing and Humanities and Social Sciences requirements are those required of all students in the McKelvey School of Engineering. The Natural Sciences requirement is for 8 units designated NSM (Natural Sciences and Mathematics) from any of the following departments: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Studies, or Physics. The College Writing and Natural Sciences courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
All courses taken to meet any of the above requirements (with the exception of the humanities and social sciences electives) cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.