Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Program Contact: Jonathan Blake  203-582-8539

Pervasive and ever-changing computing technology provides the infrastructure for our globally connected world. Computer scientists are among the professionals who conceive, design, build and deploy critical software and hardware to support and advance this infrastructure. The Computer Science program prepares computer scientists who are able to contribute immediately and effectively to this project. Computer Science graduates possess a solid grounding in core knowledge that they can apply to solve new and emerging problems with innovative solutions. Since new computing knowledge is regularly generated, computer science graduates are able to independently identify, learn and apply new concepts.

BS 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 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 205Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (CSC 205)3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
Take one of the following Natural Science courses: 14
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
University Physics
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts: 29
Personal Inquiry I:
Take second semester of Natural Science course chosen above 14
Take two additional courses from within Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts 26
Personal Inquiry II:
Choose one of the following:3-4
Calculus of a Single Variable
Calculus I
Take an additional 4-5 UC credits (the mathematics elective below could count) 45
Integrative Capstone3
Additional Requirements:
MA 229Linear Algebra3
MA electives (take 5-6 additional credits). All MA electives must come from the following list: 55-6
Integral Calculus With Applications
Calculus II: Part A
Calculus II: Part B
Linear Algebra
Applied Statistics
Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
Discrete Mathematics
Cryptography (CSC 318)
Abstract Algebra
Numerical Analysis (CSC 361)
Number Theory
Mathematical Modeling
Or any Mathematics course with rigor at least equivalent to MA 141 with Program Director approval
Additional Math/Science courses 67
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
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 310Operating Systems and Systems Programming3
CSC 315Theory of Computation (MA 315)3
Take one of the following:3
Database Systems (SER 325)
Networking and Distributed Processing
CSC 491Senior Project I3
CSC 492Senior Project II3
CSC Electives (Take 9 credits of CSC elective courses) 39
Total Credits108-110

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.

  2. Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.

  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.

  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.

  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

Program Educational Objectives:

Graduates of the Computer Science BA or BS programs shall become successful professionals who are recognized for:

  1. Advanced grasp of core computer science knowledge and skill.
  2. Ability to communicate complex ideas and problems to a professional audience.
  3. Ethical behavior and capacity for finding engineering solutions that consider both the technical and social consequences of their work.
  4. Leadership, mentorship and contributions to their profession and community.
  5. Pursuit of intellectual, personal and professional development.

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.