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Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (120 units)

This degree is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of professional careers in the computer field. The curriculum is designed to provide a balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of computer science. Extensive laboratory time is required for these courses, and design and analysis experiences are emphasized.

Program Educational Objectives

Our students following graduation will be able

  • to enter California's high technology workforce, and make significant contributions through the research, design and development of software and networked computer systems.
  • to help further the state's economic growth by developing innovative ideas, and translating them into commercial products that benefit society.
  • to function effectively as a team member and/or leader in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments.
  • to recognize the societal and global context of their work and to understand professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • to pursue lifelong learning through such activities as graduate school, distance education, professional training and membership in professional societies and to be able to adapt to new engineering tools.

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a 'pre-major' status (i.e., Pre-Computer Science). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student's ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Computer Science must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Computer Science major, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses with a minimum grade of "C" prior to earning 60 units:

Core Lower-Division Major Requirements:

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), PHYS 151 (Mechanics & Heat)

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking

Degree Progress

Students must complete the following requirements within one calendar year of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the year, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

First-Time Freshmen: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.
Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CECS 100 Critical Thinking in the Digital Information Age (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1).
  • CECS 105 Introduction to Computer Engineering and Computer Science (1)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • CECS 174 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (3)
    Prerequisite: CECS 100 and MATH 113 (or equivalent) all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 201 Computer Logic Design I (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 113 or equivalent all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 228 Discrete Structures With Computing Applications I (3)
    Prerequisites: CECS 174 and MATH 113 or equivalent all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 274 Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3)
    Prerequisite: CECS 174 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 277 Object Oriented Application Development (3)
    Prerequisite: CECS 274 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 282 C++ for Java Programmers (3)
    Prerequisite: CECS 274 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 285 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (3)
    Prerequisites: CECS 201, CECS 274 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • ENGR 101 Intro to the Engineering Profession (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122.
  • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGR 101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.

Three units of math elective taken from the following:

  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222.
  • MATH 233 Fundamental Concepts for Adv. Math (3)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222.
  • MATH 247 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 123 or MATH 222.

Take a minimum of 12 units of approved science-electives to include a two-semester science sequence chosen from the following groups of courses:

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

or

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • EE 210 Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Corequisites: MATH 123, EE 210L.
  • EE 210L Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE Lab (1)
    Corequisite: EE 210.

or

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 117 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.

Remaining units to be chosen from the following:

  • BIOL 153, 200, 205, 207.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CECS 323 Database Fundamentals (3)
    Prerequisites: CECS 228 and (CECS 277 or CECS 282) all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 326 Operating Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: CECS 282 and either CECS 285 or CECS 346 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 327 Net-Centric Computing (3)
    Prerequisite: CECS 326 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 328 Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
    Prerequisite: CECS 228 with a grade of "C" or better;
    Corequisite: CECS 277.
  • CECS 341 Computer Architecture and Organization (3)
    Prerequisites: CECS 285 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CECS 343 Introduction to Software Engineering (3)
    Prerequisites: CECS 277 or CECS 282 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 380 Probability, Statistics and Stochastic Modeling (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 123; (CECS 100 or equivalent) all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • ENGR 350 Computers, Ethics and Society (3)
    Prerequisites: 3 units from GE Category A.1 (Writing) and 3 units from GE Category D (Social and Behavioral Science).

Take one course from the following:

  • CEM 310 Communications in Engineering Profession (3)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100, COMM 110 all with a grade of "C" or better and Senior standing.
  • ENGL 317 Technical Writing (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper-division standing, and a previous composition course, i.e., ENGL 100, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 300, or equivalents.

Take three units of study in formal languages and computation to be chosen from the following courses:

  • CECS 424, CECS 444

Take 12 units of upper division courses chosen from:

Take three units of core electives chosen from the following:

  • CECS 419, CECS 424, CECS 428, CECS 429, CECS 444, CECS 445, CECS 448, CECS 449, CECS 451, CECS 474, CECS 478, MATH 323

Take three units of applied electives to be chosen from the following:

  • CECS 455, CECS 470, CECS 472, CECS 475, CECS 476

Take 6 units of a two-semester capstone senior project sequence chosen from the following groups of courses:

  • - CECS 491A and CECS 491B, or
  • - CECS 492A and CECS 492B, or
  • - CECS 493A and CECS 493B

A grade of "C" or better is required in the following courses:

  • BIOL 153, BIOL 200, BIOL 205, BIOL 207; CEM 310; CHEM 111A, CHEM 111B; CECS 100, CECS 105, CECS 174, CECS 201, CECS 228, CECS 274, CECS 277, CECS 282, CECS 285, CECS 323, CECS 326, CECS 327, CECS 328, CECS 341, CECS 343, CECS 491A, CECS 491B, CECS 492A, CECS 492B, CECS 493A, CECS 493B; EE 210 and EE 210L, EE 380; ENGL 317; ENGR 101, ENGR 102, ENGR 350; MATH 122, MATH 123, MATH 222, MATH 224, MATH 233, MATH 247, MATH 380; PHYS 151, PHYS 152.

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