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2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BS


About the Program

Purdue Computer Science is one of the country’s top-ranked programs. Faculty members are shaping the future of information technology through cutting-edge research. Students can take courses that include such topics as graphics and animation, web programming, competitive programming, cryptography and security, networks, software engineering, distributed systems, information systems, artificial intelligence, and bioinformatics.

The Purdue University Department of Computer Science has a comprehensive and exciting curriculum for its undergraduate students. The flexible curriculum offers adventurous young women and men an excellent opportunity to be involved in a dynamic discipline that will continue to grow and to contribute significantly to progress in many other disciplines and ultimately to changes in human society that are nothing short of profound. Students learn communication skills, teamwork, and problem-solving skills and acquire the necessary technical skills for positions in computing in nearly any industry.

Computer Science Website

Computer Science Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Computer Science students begin by taking six core courses that teach them the fundamentals of computer science. Students can then select one or more tracks, which allow them to deepen their understanding in a specific area (or areas) of Computer Science. These academic tracks include:

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Curriculum and Degree Requirements for College of Science


A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Computer Science Major Courses (46-50 credits)


Required CS Major Math Courses (7-8 credits)


Must have C or better to meet prerequisite for certain upper level CS courses

Required CS Major Core Courses (21 credits)


Must have C or better in all courses.

Required CS Major Track Selectives (18-21 credits)


Please see links to all track requirements above.

Must have a C or better in all courses. Select track from list above.

  • CS Track Required course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CS Track Required Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CS Track Required/Elective course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CS Track Required/Elective course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CS Track Elective course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CS Track Elective course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CS Track Elective course (if Computational Science & Engineering track or Database & Information Systems track) - Credit Hours: 3.00

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (32-54 credits)


COLLEGE OF SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENTS

Electives (16-42 credits)


CS 19100 - Freshman Resources Seminar   and CS 19300 - Tools  are required freshman seminar courses; corequisites with CS 18000 . They are not degree requirements. CS 29100 - Sophomore Development Seminar  and CS 39100 - Junior Resources Seminar  are optional but recommended.

University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


 

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


13-15 Credits


14-18 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


15-17 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


16-17 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


16-17 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • CS track requirement - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • CS track requirement - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • Great Issues In Science Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science Core Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-17 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • CS track requirement - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • Science Core Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Science Core Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 1.00

16-18 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • CS track requirement - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • Science Core Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Science Core Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-17 Credits


Notes


  • 2.0 Major and Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • ***All CS core courses and all track requirements, regardless of department, must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. 
  • All prerequisites to CS core courses and track requirements, regardless of department, must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • Enrollment in freshman seminar courses CS 19100  and CS 19300  is required with CS 18000 . They are not degree requirements. CS 29100 - Sophomore Development Seminar  and CS 39100 - Junior Resources Seminar  are optional but recommended.

World Language Courses


World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.