Bachelor of Science in Computer Science + Mathematics

The McKelvey School of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences developed a major that efficiently captures the intersection of the complementary studies of computer science and math.

McKelvey Engineering students who declare this major must fulfill the core course requirements listed below and all other requirements for the Applied Science degree in the McKelvey School of Engineering. They must also complete Engr 310 Technical Writing and 8 units of courses designated as NSM (Natural Sciences & Math) from Anthropology (L48 Anthro), Biology and Biomedical Sciences (L41 Biol), Chemisty (L07 Chem), Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (L19 EPSc), Physics (L31 Physics) or Environmental Studies (L82 EnSt).

Arts & Sciences students who declare this major must fulfill the distribution requirements and all other requirements for an AB degree in addition to the specific requirements listed below.

Core Course Requirements*

CSE 131Introduction to Computer Science3
CSE 240Logic and Discrete Mathematics3
CSE 247Data Structures and Algorithms3
Math 131Calculus I (AP credit may satisfy this requirement) **3
Math 132Calculus II (AP credit may satisfy this requirement) **3
Math 233Calculus III **3
Math 310Foundations for Higher Mathematics3
or Math 310W Foundations For Higher Mathematics With Writing
Math 309Matrix Algebra3
SDS 3200Elementary to Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis3
or ESE 326 Probability and Statistics for Engineering
or SDS 3211 Statistics for Data Science I
CSE 347Analysis of Algorithms3
Total Units30

Each of these core courses must be passed with a C- or better.


Students who complete the Math 203 Honors Mathematics I and Math 204 Honors Mathematics II sequence will be considered to have completed Math 131 Calculus I, Math 132 Calculus II, and Math 233 Calculus IIIThese students can also choose to take additional electives in place of Math 309 Matrix Algebra and Math 310 Foundations for Higher Mathematics.


Seven upper-level courses from Math or Computer Science & Engineering can be chosen from the approved list, with the following caveats:

  • At least three courses must be taken from CSE and at least three courses must be taken from Math.
  • At most one preapproved course from outside both departments can be selected.
  • CSE 400 Independent Study or CSE 400E Independent Study may be taken for a maximum of 3 units and must be approved by a CS+Math review committee.
  • Students may count either Math 456 or ESE 427 as an elective toward the major, but not both. Likewise, students may count either CSE 417T or ESE 417 as an elective toward the major, but not both.

List of Approved Electives

Computer Science & Engineering
CSE 217AIntroduction to Data Science3
CSE 341TParallel and Sequential Algorithms3
CSE 411AAI and Society3
CSE 412AIntroduction to Artificial Intelligence3
CSE 416AData Science for Complex Networks3
CSE 417TIntroduction to Machine Learning3
CSE 427SCloud Computing with Big Data Applications3
CSE 442TIntroduction to Cryptography3
CSE 447TIntroduction to Formal Languages and Automata3
CSE 457AIntroduction to Visualization3
CSE 468TIntroduction to Quantum Computing3
CSE 513TTheory of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning3
CSE 514AData Mining3
CSE 515TBayesian Methods in Machine Learning3
CSE 516AMulti-Agent Systems3
CSE 517AMachine Learning3
CSE 518AHuman-in-the-Loop Computation3
CSE 533TCoding and Information Theory for Data Science3
CSE 534ALarge-Scale Optimization for Data Science3
CSE 541TAdvanced Algorithms3
CSE 543TAlgorithms for Nonlinear Optimization3
CSE 544TSpecial Topics in Computer Science Theory3
CSE 546TComputational Geometry3
CSE 554AGeometric Computing for Biomedicine3
CSE 555TAdversarial AI3
CSE 559AComputer Vision3
CSE 581TApproximation Algorithms3
CSE 584AAlgorithms for Biosequence Comparison3
CSE 587AAlgorithms for Computational Biology3
Math 350Topics in Applied Mathematics3
Math 370Introduction to Combinatorics3
Math 371Graph Theory3
Math 407An Introduction to Differential Geometry3
Math 410Introduction to Fourier Series and Integrals3
Math 4111Introduction to Analysis3
Math 4121Introduction to Lebesgue Integration3
Math 4171Topology I3
Math 429Linear Algebra3
Math 430Modern Algebra3
Math 4351Number Theory and Cryptography3
Math 444The Mathematics of Quantum Theory3
Math 449Numerical Applied Mathematics3
Math 450Topics in Applied Mathematics3
Math 456Topics in Financial Mathematics3
Math 470Topics in Graph Theory3
Math 493C/SDS 493Probability3
Math 495C/SDS 495Stochastic Processes3
Statistics and Data Science
SDS 420Experimental Design3
SDS 434Survival Analysis3
SDS 439Linear Statistical Models3
SDS 459Bayesian Statistics3
SDS 460Multivariate Statistical Analysis3
SDS 4601 Statistical Learning3
SDS 461Time Series Analysis3
SDS 462Mathematical Foundations of Big Data3
SDS 475Statistical Computation3
SDS 493/Math 493CProbability3
SDS 494Mathematical Statistics3
SDS 495/Math 495CStochastic Processes3
Electrical & Systems Engineering
ESE 4031Optimization for Engineered Planning, Decisions and Operations3
ESE 415Optimization3
ESE 417Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Classification3
ESE 427Financial Mathematics3
ESE 429Basic Principles of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information3
ESE 520Probability and Stochastic Processes3
Econ 4151Applied Econometrics3
Econ 467Game Theory3
Ling 317Introduction to Computational Linguistics3
Ling 427Computation and Learnability in Linguistic Theory3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences
Biol 5657Biological Neural Computation3
Biomedical Engineering
BME 470Mathematics of Imaging Science3

Additional Departmental Requirements

Engr 310Technical Writing3
One themed writing course from the College Writing Program3
Humanities and social sciences electives18
Natural sciences electives8

The College Writing Program, humanities, and social sciences requirements are those required of all students in the McKelvey School of Engineering. For information about how to fulfill the school's English proficiency requirement, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

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 Program 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.

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