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Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Note: Students may take CSC 243 PYTHON FOR PROGRAMMERS and one (1) Additional Major Elective in lieu of CSC 241 and CSC 242.

Major Electives

Students must take seven (7) Major Field electives chosen from the grouped list below. Of these, three (3) must be CDM courses and three (3) must be MAT courses, and one (1) could be either a CDM or MAT course.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

It is recommended that students concentrate on one or two areas for their advanced classes to achieve depth, but they are not required to do so. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss course selection with an advisor. Students may wish to arrange with a professor to take an independent study or a research experience (MAT 399 or CSC 399 or IT 300) in order to explore a subject more deeply than is possible in a scheduled course.

Theory of Computation 

The courses in the theory area explore the mathematical and logical foundations of computer science.

Computational Methods

The computational methods area investigates quantitative and computational methods in computer science

Artificial Intelligence 

For students with an interest in the computational relations between syntax and semantics.

Data Analysis

For students who are interested in statistical and computational analysis of data. Many of the courses in this area require the student to take MAT 351-353.


The graphics courses are intended for students who want to study the technical and mathematical foundations of computer graphics and animation.

Computer Vision

Computer vision studies the mathematical and algorithmic underpinnings of image analysis and image processing. 


Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.  

See to see sample schedule of course requirements on a year-by-year basis.

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses) 
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses 
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher