Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) is designed for students planning a career in computing. Students working toward a BSCS degree must meet all requirements for an applied science degree from the McKelvey School of Engineering. In addition, there are the following departmental course requirements:

  • Computer Science Core Requirements*:
CSE 131Introduction to Computer Science3
CSE 132Introduction to Computer Engineering3
CSE 240Logic and Discrete Mathematics3
or Math 310 Foundations for Higher Mathematics
CSE 247Data Structures and Algorithms3
CSE 332SObject-Oriented Software Development Laboratory3
CSE 347Analysis of Algorithms3
Total Units18

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

  • Computer Science Technical Elective Requirements:

At least 24 additional units in computer science or computer science-related courses with an S, M, T or A suffix must be taken, 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 department. Independent work (CSE 400ECSE 497CSE 498CSE 499) 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 McKelvey School of Engineering. Students can seek approval for courses by contacting the associate chair.

  • Math Requirements:
Math 131Calculus I3
Math 132Calculus II3
Math 233Calculus III3
Math 309Matrix Algebra3
or ESE 318 Engineering Mathematics A
ESE 326Probability and Statistics for Engineering3
or Math 3200 Elementary to Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis
or Math 3211 Statistics for Data Science I
or DAT 120
DAT 121
Managerial Statistics I
and Managerial Statistics II
Total Units15

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 mathematics and statistics department's back credit policy.

  • Additional Departmental Requirements:
CWP 100College Writing3
Engr 310Technical Writing3
Natural sciences electives8
Humanities and social sciences electives18
Total Units32

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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