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Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

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Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (120 Credits)

Students are admitted to the Computer Science major upon demonstrating they are calculus-ready and making their intention known to the department. Calculus-ready is defined as having an ALEKS math placement score of 78% or higher; or completion of MATH 108, and 171 or a higher calculus course with a grade of C or better; or completing the Math AP with a score of 2 (places the student in MATH 171), or 3 (credit is given for MATH 171); or achieving an IB score of HL 5; or achieving a CLEP score of 50.

To remain in good standing students must complete CPT S 121, 122, and 223, or CPT S 131, 132, and 233, MATH 171, 172, 216, one of CHEM 105, 106, PHYSICS 201 and 211, 202 and 212, and BIOLOGY 106, or 107, each with a grade of C or better, and earn a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or higher upon completion of the above courses.

Alternate Pathway:
Completion of ALL standard pathway benchmarks and additionally: ENGLISH 101, CPT S 260, and MATH 273 or 301, all with a grade of C or better, and a 2.5 cumulative WSU GPA (or transfer GPA if no WSU GPA exists).

No courses listed in this schedule of study may be taken on a pass/fail basis. With the exception of CPT S 488, 490, 499, and ENGR 489, all listed E E and CPT S courses, required electives, and prerequisites to these courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
First Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 1011
CPT S 121 or 13114
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
PHIL 2013
Second TermCredits
CPT S 122 or 13214
MATH 1724
MATH 2163
Second Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 223 or 23313
CPT S 2603
MATH 220 or 2252 or 3
MATH 273 or 3012 or 3
Lab Science Requirement [BSCI] or [PSCI]24
Second TermCredits
CPT S 3173
CPT S 322 [M]3
CPT S 3553
CPT S Technical Elective33
Lab Science Requirement [BSCI] or [PSCI]24
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 3023
CPT S 3273
CPT S 3503
CPT S 360 or 37014
Second TermCredits
STAT 3603
UCORE Inquiry43
Computer Science Electives56
CPT S Technical Elective 33
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 4213
UCORE Inquiry46
CPT S Technical Electives 36
Second TermCredits
CPT S 423 [CAPS] [M]3
UCORE Inquiry43
Computer Science Electives59
Complete CPT S Exit Interview and Survey

1Students may choose between a C/C++ (CPT S 121, 122, 223, 360) path or a Java programming (CPT S 131, 132, 233, 370) path. Students should adhere to one path option.
2Lab Science Requirement: Choose from CHEM 105 [PSCI], 106, PHYSICS 201 [PSCI] and 211, 202 [PSCI] and 212, BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI], 107 [BSCI]. Graduation requirements stipulate one each of [BSCI], and [PSCI]. Transfer students may fulfill the credit requirement with course equivalencies of 6 semester credits. Courses should include sufficient credits to meet the University requirement of 120 credits.
3CPT S Technical Electives consist of 4 courses (12 credits) taken from the courses listed below, with at least one course from the Software area and one course from the Data and Information Management area. CPT S 483 special topics course may also be considered as a CPT S Technical Elective with departmental approval. Consult your academic advisor. Systems: CPT S 411, 442, 455, 460, 464, 466; Data and Information Management: CPT S 315, 415, 451, 471, 475; Software: CPT S 321, 323, 422, 443, 479, 480, 484, 487, 489; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: CPT S 434, 437, 440; Scientific and Visual Computing: CPT S 430, 442, 453; Cybersecurity: CPT S 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 431, 439.
4Must complete 4 of these 5 UCORE designations: ARTS, DIVR, EQJS, HUM, SSCI.
5Computer Science Electives: Five additional courses (15 credits) at the 300-400-level that are not used as Technical Electives. At least 9 credits must be CPT S courses. Approved non-CPT S courses are: 300-400-level E E courses, CE 463, DTC 335, E M 464, MATH 315, 401, 420, 421, MBIOS 478, MSE 302, PHYSICS 303, 443, and STAT 436. Additional Free Electives may include a maximum of 3 credits each of CPT S 490 and 499, or 3 credits of CPT S 499, and a combined 3 credits of CPT S 488 and ENGR 489.

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