Major in Computer Science

Colorado State University

Incorporating the All University Core Curriculum

Applies to all new Freshmen
Starting Fall 2010

The undergraduate curriculum provides students with a background in the basic sciences, and the theory, architecture, and application of computers within the context of a liberal education. This program allows maximum flexibility in preparation for a career in industrial computer science, entering professional schools such as law, medicine, or accounting, or preparation for graduate school in computer science or fields where computer science is helpful (such as mathematics, physics, or linguistics). This list is suggestive and not exhaustive since new applications for computers occur regularly.

There is much leeway for students in their junior and senior years in computer science to choose a course of study tailored to their interests. Opportunities exist to pursue independent research projects under faculty supervision. Students are encouraged to begin such research early in their upper division studies.

Notes

 

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses*

120 credits required for graduation

Freshman Year: Sophomore Year:

Course
Credits

Course
Credits
CS192 CS200 4
CS160 4 CS270 4
CS161 4 CS253 4
MATH160 4 CS370 3
MATH161 4 Historical Perspectives 3
Natural Sciences 5 Global and Cultural Awareness 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 Natural Sciences 7
Electives 3 MATH229 or 369 2-3
Total Credits 29 Total Credits 30-31

Junior Year: Senior Year:

Course
Credits

Course
Credits
STAT301 or 315 3 Four Group I courses 16
CS314 3 One Group II course 3
CS320 3
CS356 3 Arts and Humanities 6
Electives 15-14 Two Group II courses 6
Additional Communications 3
Total Credits 30-29 Total Credits 31

 

The 15 semester credits of free electives in this program should be viewed by the student as an opportunity to tailor a program to specific educational objectives. By wise choice of electives, a student may be able to begin a second major, obtain a minor in a supporting area, or achieve a broad, liberal education.

 

Course Requirements for a B.S. Degree in Computer Science

 All-University Core Curriculum
 1.   Basic Competencies (AUCC)
A.  CO150  College Composition*  3
 B.  MATH160  Calculus for Physical Scientists I  4
 2.  Core Competencies (AUCC):
A.    Additional Communications  3
 3.       Foundations and Perspectives (AUCC):
A.  Natural Sciences 12
 B.  Arts and Humanities  6
 C.  Social/Behavioral Sciences  3
 D.  Historical Perspectives 3
 E.  Global and Cultural Awareness  3
 4.     Depth and Integration (AUCC):*
Group I (Advanced Computer Science courses):
Group I courses meet AUCC cat. 4A and 4C [Using Competencies and Capstone]
A. Choose one of: CS410, CS414, CS440, CS454, CS455, CS475 4
B. Choose three
additional courses from:
CS410, CS414, CS420, CS430, CS440,
CS451, CS453, CS454, CS455, CS457, CS470, CS475
12
Group II (CS related outside courses [see list])
Group II courses meet AUCC cat. 4B [Building on Foundations and Perspectives]
 9

 Total Credits
 62

Core Computer Science Courses:* 
 CS192 First-Year Seminar   2
 B.  CS160  Foundations in Programming  4
 CS161 Object-Oriented Problem Solving   4
 CS200  Algorithms & Data Structures  4
 CS253  Problem Solving with C++  4
 CS270  Computer Organization  4
 CS320  Algorithms-Theory and Practice  3
 CS314  Software Engineering  3
 CS370  Systems Software  3
 CS356  System Security  3

 Total Credits
 34

Additional Math and Stats:*
 MATH229 or MATH369 Linear Equations   2-3
 MATH161  Calculus for Physical Scientists II  4
 STAT301 or 315  Statistics  3

 Total Credits
9-10

Free Electives: 
 Additional credits to make a total of 120 credits; 2 hrs of elective must be numbered 300 or above  

 Total Credits
15

TOTAL FOR DEGREE:                             120 credits

NOTE: 30 hours of the required 42 upper division credits must be earned at CSU.

 

All-University Core Curriculum

(see officially approved course lists for latest changes)

^M ^M
 I. A  Written Communications CO150
 I. B  Mathematics: satisfied in CS by MATH160.
  II. A  Additional Communications :CO300, CO301, CO302, JTC300.
 III A.  Biological and Physical Sciences:
 A minimum of seven (7) credits from two different Departments selected only from the "A" list immediately following (at least one course must have a laboratory component [marked with an "L" below]):
 BZ120 (L)    Principles of Plant Biology
 LIFE102 (L)   Attributes of Living Systems
 CHEM111 (CHEM112 L)  General Chemistry I
 CHEM107 (CHEM108 L)  Fundamentals of Chemistry
 GEOL120 (GEOL121 L)  Exploring Earth: Physical Geology
 PH141 (L)  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
 BZ110 (BZ111 L)  Principles of Animal Biology
In addition students must also take enough additional science credit to equal 12 total science credits. The additional hours may be taken from the list above or the following "B" list: ^M ^M ^M ^M ^M
  AA301  Astrophysics I
  ATS350 (ATS351 L)  Introduction to Weather and Climate
 CHEM113 (CHEM114 L)  General Chemistry II
 BZ220  Introduction to Evolution
 CIVE260 (L)  Engineering Mechanics: Statics
 GEOL154 (L)  Historical and Analytical Geology
 PH142 (L)   Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
 LIFE201 (LIFE203 L)  Introductory Genetics
 PSY352  Psychology of Learning
 SOCR330 (SOCR331 L)  Genetics

 III  B.  Arts and Humanities: Select two of ART100, D110, E140, E232, E242, E270, E276, E277, ETST240, HONR392, L***200, L***201, L***250, MU100, MU111, MU131, PHIL100, PHIL103, PHIL110, PHIL120, SPCM100, SPCM201, THCC141 (6 semester hours). Note: no more than 3 credits of foreign language instruction (L200, L201, L300) may count in this category ( ***Note: language courses separated into different subject codes based on language (i.e., LFRE is French, LGER is German).

III. C.    Social/Behavioral Sciences: Choose one of ANTH100, AREC202, AREC240, ECON101, ECON202, ECON204, ECON212, ECON240, EDUC275, GR100, HDFS101, HONR492, JTC100, POLS101, POLS103, PSY100, SOC100, SOC105, SOWK110 (3 semester hours).

III. D.    Historical Perspectives: Choose one course from: AMST100, AMST101, ANTH140, ETST250, ETST252, ETST255, HIST100, HIST101, HIST115, HIST120, HIST121, HIST150, HIST151, HIST170, HIST171, HIST250, HIST252, HIST255, NR320 (3 semester hours).

III. E.    Global and Cultural Values: Select one of AGRI116, AGRI270, AM250, ANTH200, ECON211, E238, E245, ECON211, ETST100, ETST205, ETST253, ETST256, HORT171, IE116, IE270, IE370, LBCC170, LBCC171, PHIL170, POLS131, POLS232, POLS241, SA482, SOC205, SOCR171 (3 semester hours).

 

 

Approved List of Group I Courses

(Advanced Computer Science – meets “Using Competencies” and

“Capstone” requirements under AUCC [categories 4A&4C])

Choose four courses including at least one marked (A).

Course   Course
 CS410 (A)   CS453
 CS414 (A)  CS454 (A)
 CS420  CS455 (A)
 CS430  CS457 
 CS440 (A)  CS470
 CS475 (A)

 

Approved List of Group II Courses

(Supporting Courses – meets “Building Foundations” requirement

 under AUCC [category 4B] )

Choose three courses, 9 total hours minimum.

 Course  Course  Course  Course

CIS350

CIS355

CIS360

CIS410

CIS413

CIS460

CIS462

E320

ECE312

ECE311

ECE325

ECE331

ECE332

ECE411

ECE412

ECE421

ECE422

ECE451

JTC372

JTC413

MATH301

MATH317

MATH331

MATH332

MATH335

MATH340

MATH345

MATH360

MATH366

MATH369

MATH405

MATH450

MATH451

MATH400

MATH417

MATH419 

MATH460

MATH470

MECH307 

NR322

 NR323

NR422 

NR423

PH314

PH315

PH325

PH341

PH351

PH361

PH451

PH451

PHIL305F

PHIL410

PHIL415

PSY354

PSY452

PSY456

STAT302

STAT305

STAT310

STAT321

STAT340

STAT350

STAT372

STAT420

STAT430

STAT460

 

Notes

500 level courses in a specific category (e. g., Group I or Group II) may be substituted in that category with prior approval from the key advisor. Since both categories meet a Cat. IV requirement under the AUCC, a University petition is necessary to count such courses. Go to http://core.colostate.edu for petition form and procedures ("Substitution for a core course").

Computer Science majors need not take the 100 and 200 CIS prerequisites for CIS group II courses, though they are required to have completed CS200 and CS270. Contact the Business Advising Office in Rockwell Hall for overrides.

Computer Science majors need not take the EG101 or CIVE261 prerequisites for EE group II courses.

The preferred order for taking ST350 and ST340 is to take ST340 first.

The courses from Computer Science Group I and Group II should be selected carefully with concurrence of your advisor. Plan your upper division schedule as an integrated program.

 


*This is merely a recommended or suggested pattern of courses. It is not required that this pattern be followed.

*A grade of C or better is required in these courses. If you receive a C- or less you will have to repeat the requirement, and will not be able to use the course as a prerequisite.