Computer Science, BAS

Computer scientists and engineers have revolutionized society and created the computer and telecommunications industries that are so important to human life and the world's economy. As a result of this revolution, expertise in computer science is essential in many new areas, including computer and network service and consulting companies, financial institutions, health industries, natural science labs and medical research labs, and other contexts where intensive manipulation of information is important. As a result, opportunities for computer scientists and engineers have expanded greatly, both in specialized fields as well as in numerous dual-career opportunities in which computer expertise is combined with advanced degrees in business, communication, engineering, law, medicine, and science.

Computer Science (ASCS) Major Requirements

40 course units are required. Read more about the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

CIS 110Introduction to Computer Programming1
CIS 120Programming Languages and Techniques I1
CIS 121Programming Languages and Techniques II1
CIS 240Introduction to Computer Systems1
CIS 320Introduction to Algorithms1
CIS Electives 12
CIS Project Electives 22
EAS 499Senior Capstone Project1
MATH 104Calculus, Part I1
MATH 114Calculus, Part II1
CIS 160Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science1
CIS 262Automata, Computability, and Complexity1
Math Electives2
Natural Science
Select two of the following:2
Principles of Physics I (without laboratory)
Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)
Chemistry Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Credit (Engineering Students Only)
General Chemistry I
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Natural Science Electives 3, 42
Select 8 course units, with departmental approval 5, 68
Social Sciences and Humanities 6
Select 2 Social Science courses2
Select 2 Humanities courses2
Select 2 Social Science or Humanities or Technology in Business & Society courses2
EAS 203Engineering Ethics1
Free Elective
Select 3 course units of free electives3
Total Course Units40


Department approval is required.

  • Option 1: Any approved minor, or sequence of approved courses. Remaining must be Math, Natural Science or Engineering. (Minors are strongly encouraged.)
  • Option 2: Any 8 course units from Math, Natural Science, Engineering, or from the following specified tech electives:
    LING 106Introduction to Formal Linguistics1
    PHIL 231Epistemology1
    PHIL 244Introduction to Philosophy of Mind1
    OIDD 220Introduction to Operations Management1
    OIDD 321Introduction to Management Science1
    OIDD 325Computer Simulation Models1

For ASCS Majors, Natural Science options may also include the following Cognitive Science courses:

LING 250Introduction to Syntax1
LING 230Sound Structure of Language1
LING 520Phonetics I1
LING 530Phonology I1
LING 531Phonology II1
LING 550Syntax I1
LING 551Syntax II1
LING 603Topics in Phonology1
LING 630Seminar in Morphology1
PHIL 426Philosophy of Psychology1
PSYC 109Introduction to Brain and Behavior1
PSYC 111Perception1
PSYC 151Language and Thought1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.