Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

Program Contact: Jonathan Blake  203-582-8539

Computers and computing have become increasingly integrated into our society and continually shape our lives. One does not have to look far to find examples of computing’s significant impact, from smart phone applications to credit checking systems to self-driving cars. Society needs graduates with not only strong technical skills but also significant knowledge in these application domain areas. The Bachelor of Arts program in Computer Science offers a balanced curriculum that supports students as they combine study in computer science with other disciplines across the university. The program promotes this interdisciplinary work by providing a technical core with breadth requirements, a flexible elective structure, and required directed study outside the major. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to contribute to both established and emerging application domains.

BA in Computer Science Curriculum

Note: a minimum grade of C- is required for all computer science course prerequisites unless otherwise stated.

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar3
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading & Writing3
EN 102 Academic Writing & Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 205 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (CSC 205)3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
Take four UC courses from within Sciences (with lab), Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts: 113
Personal Inquiry I:
Take three UC courses from within Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts 19-10
Personal Inquiry II:
Choose one of the following: 23
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable
MA 229 Linear Algebra
Take additional UC credits (the mathematics elective below could count) 45-9
Additional Requirements:
MA elective 53
ENR 395 Professional Development Seminar1
Directed Study
Complete minimum 18 credits of approved directed study outside Computer Science 618
Computer Science Core Requirements
CSC 110
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
CSC 111
Data Structures and Abstraction
and Data Structures and Abstraction Lab
SER 120
Object-Oriented Design and Programming
and Object-Oriented Design and Programming Lab
CSC 210
Computer Architecture and Organization
and Computer Architecture and Organization Lab
CSC 215Algorithm Design and Analysis3
CSC 225Introduction to Software Development (SER 225)3
CSC 493 Senior Thesis 11
CSC 494 Senior Thesis 23
CSC Electives (Take 9 credits of CSC elective courses) 39
Total Credits99-104

Complete additional course work to reach 120 credits. This course work must include any missing UC credits from Personal Inquiry above.

Learning Objectives

Within four to seven years of graduation, Computer Science majors are expected to:

1. demonstrate core computer science knowledge and skills;

2. demonstrate ethical behavior in their pursuits;

3. have achieved sustained employment and/or be pursuing additional educational opportunities;

4. pursue lifelong learning by maintaining currency in their field as they develop as professionals;

5. demonstrate professional and personal growth by seeking leadership and mentoring roles in their profession and community.

Admission Requirements: School of Engineering

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Engineering programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.