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    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) Program

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    Revised: June 4th, 2012

    The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) is a professional degree program offered through the School of Engineering. The BSCS is accredited by the ABET, Inc. Computing Accreditation Commision (CAC).

    ABET/CAC

    The Department also offers a BA major in computer science through the College of Liberal Arts. Although the BA major is not accredited by ABET, it benefits from many of the same courses and department processes that support the BSCS program. See the undergraduate programs page for a discussion of the differences.

    The BSCS has the following requirements. See the BSCS Four-Year Plan of Study for an example of how these courses fit in four academic years of study.

    Computer Science

    Electrical Engineering

    • EL E 335, Principles of Digital Systems
    • EL E 336, Digital Systems Laboratory I

    Mathematics

    • MATH 261, Unified Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
    • MATH 262, Unified Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
    • MATH 263, Unified Calculus and Analytical Geometry III
      or
      MATH 319, Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • MATH 301, Discrete Mathematics
    • MATH 302, Applied Modern Algebra (Discrete Mathematics II)
    • MATH 375, Introduction to Statistical Methods

    Science

    • Eight hours of laboratory science in one field
      in Physics
      • PHYS 211, Physics for Science and Engineering I
      • PHYS 221, Laboratory Physics for Science and Engineering I
      • PHYS 212, Physics for Science and Engineering II
      • PHYS 222, Laboratory Physics for Science and Engineering II

      or in Biology

      • BISC 160, Biological Sciences I
      • BISC 161, Biological Sciences I Laboratory
      • BISC 162, Biological Sciences II
      • BISC 163, Biological Sciences II Laboratory

      or in Chemistry

      • CHEM 105, General Chemistry I
      • CHEM 115, General Chemistry Laboratory I
      • CHEM 106, General Chemistry II
      • CHEM 116, General Chemistry Laboratory II
    • Two approved science electives (6 to 8 hours).

    Technical Electives

    • 15 credit hours of approved courses
    • Courses selected must form a coherent group.

    English

    • ENGL 101, English Composition I
    • LIBA 102, First Year Seminar, or ENGL 102, English Composition II
    • One course selected from ENGL 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, or 226
    • Students with 26 or above on the English portion of the ACT may take LIBA 102 (or ENGL 102) and ENGL 321 (Advanced Composition) to satisfy the English requirement.

    Technical Communication

    • SPCH 102, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, or
    • SPCH 105, Business and Professional Speech

    School of Engineering Social Science/Humanities/Fine Arts Distribution

    • 18 credits
      • 6 credits in a social/behavioral science discipline
      • 3 credits in a humanities discipline
      • 3 credits in a fine arts discipline
      • 3 additional credits in a humanities or fine arts discipline
      • 3 additional credits in a social/behavioral science, humanities or fine arts discipline
    • Social Sciences disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology
    • Humanities disciplines: Classics, English, History, Modern Languages (200 level or above), Philosophy, Religion, or Southern Studies
    • Fine arts: history, appreciation and criticism of Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre. Courses must not be performance based
    • Honors, African American Studies and Gender Studies courses my be used to meet these requirements as appropriate, depending upon their topical content

    Optional Minor

    The BSCS program does not require a minor. However, BSCS students may study toward an optional minor. The optional minor may be drawn from any minor allowed for the BA degree except mathematics and computer science. Students seeking to complete optional minors can use their technical electives, science courses, and other general education courses, as appropriate, to satisfy the minor field requirements.

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