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2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jun 25, 2024
2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Computer Science, BSCS


The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation students should satisfy the following Learning Outcomes.

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline. 

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Students will recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

Academic Standards

Program GPA

Program GPA requirement policies are described in the College of Engineering and Computing section of this bulletin. For the purpose of these policies, the following courses are used to determine the Program GPA for the Computer Science B.S.C.S. program: all Lower Division Computing, Computer Science Major, and Computer Science Elective courses, and CSCE 390.


No Lower Division Computing, Computer Engineering Major, or Computer Engineering Elective course may be counted toward a minor. All other required courses and electives may be used for a minor as appropriate. CSCE 101 and CSCE 102 are not major courses and may not be used for degree credit.

Minimum Course Grades

The Computer Science B.S.C.S. program requires that a grade of “C” or better be earned in each of the following courses: ENGL 101  , ENGL 102  , MATH 141  , MATH 142  , MATH 374  , CHEM 111   or PHYS 211  , and all CSCE courses applied to the degree.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Computer Science, BSCS


Degree Requirements (125 hours)

See College of Engineering and Computing  for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and special academic opportunities.

  1. Carolina Core (35-44 hours)
  2. College Requirements (0 hours)
  3. Program Requirements (60 hours)
  4. Major Requirements (30 hours)

1. Carolina Core (35-44 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (8 hours) 

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Scientific Literacy — SCI (8 hours)

Select ALL of ONE of the following:



Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (0-6 hours)

Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110 courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.

​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (3 hours)

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (1 hour)

Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours for this program must add up to a minimum of 35 hours.

2. College Requirements (0 hours)

No college-required courses for this program.

3. Program Requirements (60 hours)

Supporting Courses (60 hours)

Foundational Courses (16 hours)

Laboratory Science Elective (4 hours): Choose from the following:​

Liberal Arts Electives (9 hours): Choose from the following:

Lower Division Computing (22 hours) 

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Application Area (9 hours)

An application area consists of three courses (9 hours) in a single area offered by another department. This coursework must display a distinct curriculum pattern. If a defined minor exists in the discipline of the application area, then a good set of suggested courses for the application area would be a subset of the minor. Students should consult their advisor to ensure their application area courses will meet this graduation requirement.

4. Major Requirements (30 hours)

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Major Courses (21 hours)

Major Electives (9 hours)

Select one of the following: