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BS Degree Requirements - 2002-2003

 

The requirements shown below are in effect for students admitted to the Department of Computer Science during the 2002-2003 academic year. All students are bound by the requirements in effect at the time the student is admitted to the Department; however, a student may elect to follow newer requirements in their entirety if they wish. There were changes in the Natural Science requirements from the previous year's degree requirements.

Requirements for the BS in Computer Science degree relate to the following areas:

Each of these requirements is described under the appropriate heading. Please note that all the specific course requirements can be satisfied with substantially fewer than the 128 hours required for graduation. This allows (and requires) our students to choose further courses to round out their degree program. Those choices are subject to very minor restrictions.

To get a quick overall impression of the BS degree program and how you might schedule courses to satisfy these degree requirements, see

Course Requirements

Required courses must be taken in five major areas:

Note that while a particular course may possibly be used to satisfy any one of a number of these course requirements, a single course can be used to satisfy only one such requirement.

Computer Science

The number of 42 credit hours is not a requirement, but courses covering these listed topics are required. The credit hour total may change when transfer credit is used to satisfy some of these requirements. All CSCI prerequisites are enforced.

  • CSCI 1300-4, Computer Science 1: Programming.
  • CSCI 2270-4, Computer Science 2: Data Structures.
  • CSCI 3104-4, Algorithms.
  • CSCI 3155-4, Principles of Programming Languages.
  • CSCI 3308-3, Software Engineering Methods and Tools.
  • CSCI 3434-3, Theory of Computation.
  • CSCI 3656-3, Numerical Computation.
  • CSCI 3753-4, Operating Systems.
  • CSCI 4308-4 and CSCI 4318-4, Software Engineering Project 1 and Software Engineering Project 2.

    This sequence must be taken contiguously and may not be taken before the senior year. Senior Thesis is allowed as an alternative to Senior Project for qualified students.

  • Two courses chosen from CSCI electives:

Also remember that a student must take the final 45 hours of the degree after admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science on the Boulder campus.

In addition, students must take the following courses on the Boulder campus:

  • CSCI 3155 Principles of Programming Languages
  • CSCI 3753 Operating Systems
  • CSCI 4308-CSCI 4318 Software Engineering Project 1 and Software Engineering Project 2
  • at least one of the two computer science electives

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The number of 13 credit hours is not a requirement. Courses covering the listed topics are. The credit hour total may change when transfer credit is used to satisfy some of these requirements.

Mathematics

Again, the number of 19 credit hours is not a requirement. The number of credit hours may change when transfer credit is used to satisfy some of these requirements. A list of required courses and listed topics follows.

  • Calculus, both of the following courses
    • APPM 1350-4, Calculus 1 for Engineers.
    • APPM 1360-4, Calculus 2 for Engineers.

      Transfer students may substitute non-engineering Calculus 1 and 2 taken before the student's transfer into the College of Engineering and Applied Science for APPM 1350 and 1360. The number of credit hours that count towards the graduation requirements is limited to 4 for each semester of calculus.

  • Linear Algebra, one of the following courses
    • CSCI 2830-3, Special Topics in Computer Science: Linear Algebra with Computer Science Applications, or
    • MATH 3130-3, Introduction to Linear Algebra, or
    • APPM 3310-3, Matrix Methods and Applications.
  • Probability or Statistics, one of the following courses
    • MATH 4510-3, Introduction to Probability Theory.
    • MATH 4520-3, Introduction to Mathematical Statistics.
    • Any probability or statistics course with a prerequisite of Calculus 1 and 2, if approved by an undergraduate advisor.
  • One approved advanced math course.

    Advanced math courses are roughly defined to be mathematical courses with Calculus 1 and 2 as prerequisites. The following is a list of approved courses. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Students may petition to satisfy the advanced math requirement by taking any course of sufficient mathematical rigor.

Natural Science

  • A total of at least 17 hours of acceptable coursework in the Natural Sciences. All courses under the following headings in the University of Colorado Boulder Catalog are generally acceptable, except for those labeled "for non-science majors" and except for courses in writing for or history of the sciences. Most of these exceptions are indicated below.

  • This coursework must include one of the following options:

    1. Physics Sequence:

      Students who are admitted into the Computer Science major after having taken either the CHEN 1211, CHEM 1221, CHEM 1131 sequence, the CHEM 1111, CHEM 1131 sequence, or their equivalent may petition to use that sequence in place of the physics sequence.

    2. Alternate Science Sequence:

      A student may petition to replace the physics sequence in Option 1 with a coherent sequence of four acceptable courses in the natural sciences, including at least one course at the 3000 level or higher. The petition must identify the four courses and must explain the student's interest in those courses. While laboratory courses are strongly encouraged, laboratory courses worth fewer than three credit hours may not be counted among the four courses.

      See example science sequences for a list of possible science sequences that may be substituted for the physics sequence. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but rather to illustrate a few possible courses of study. When preparing your petition, pay close attention to course prerequisites.

      The sequences shown all satisfy the full 17 hour Natural Sciences requirement with a single coherent sequence. A program of this type is appropriate for students with a specific scientific interest. Note, however, that the science sequence need only constitute four courses, and students are free to choose any acceptable science courses to fill the 17 hour requirement beyond the four course sequence.

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • A total of at least 24 hours of coursework in the Humanities and Social Sciences. A list of acceptable courses, along with advising information on the Humanities and Social Science electives is available from the Dean's office.

  • These 24 hours need to include WRTG 3030-3 Writing on Science and Society or HUEN 3100-3 Humanities for Engineers 1.

  • At least six of these 24 hours must be at the upper-division undergraduate level or above, i.e. numbered 3000 or above.

Credit Hours

Satisfying all the other course requirements as described above adds up to 115-117 credit hours, the exact number depending on some choice of Computer Science electives (and may add up to somewhat less in some cases of transfer credit). This typically leaves around 12 hours for "free electives". Students may take

  • any acceptable courses, bringing the total credit hours up to 128 or more.

All courses are considered "acceptable" except as noted in the following list:

  1. Remedial courses (e.g. CSCI 4830 "The Internet for Everyone," pre-calculus math modules) are not acceptable.

  2. At most six credit hours of ROTC, English as a Second Language (ESL), and courses primarily aimed at the acquisition of skills (e.g., studio fine arts, performance music, physical education) can be counted towards these 128 hours. Except for ESL courses, foreign language courses do not fall under this six-hour limit.

  3. At most 12 hours of approved (see list of acceptable courses) President Leadership Class (PRLC) can count as free electives.

  4. Co-op work experience does not count towards these 128 hours, nor does any other work experience.

  5. The final 45 hours must be taken after admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science on the Boulder campus, and certain Computer Science courses must be taken on the Boulder campus.

Grades

You need to have the following grade point averages:

  • A GPA of 2.00 (= C) or better in all CSCI and CSCI/ECEN courses taken at CU.
  • A GPA of 2.00 (= C) or better in all courses attempted at CU.
  • A GPA of 2.00 (= C) or better in all CU courses used to satisfy graduation requirements.

The following should be noted:

  1. Grades in transfer courses do not figure in the computation of the GPA.

  2. The above requirements are averages, not grades in single courses. Any passing grade, i.e., a D- or better, is good enough to fulfill a degree requirement. However, a C- or better is needed in all prerequisite courses to take a subsequent course.

  3. A student is not permitted to enroll in a course offered by the College when that course has not been successfully completed in three prior attempts.

  4. The Department allows courses counting as free electives to be taken Pass/Fail. Students must petition the Department to take a course Pass/Fail. The College of Engineering and Applied Science has further restrictions on taking a course Pass/Fail. These restrictions are outlined in the College's Grading Policies.

Residency

  • The last 45 of credit hours must be earned on the Boulder campus after admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • In addition, these courses must be taken on the Boulder campus:

    • CSCI 3155 Principles of Programming Languages
    • CSCI 3753 Operating Systems
    • CSCI 4308-CSCI 4318 Software Engineering Project 1 and Software Engineering Project 2
    • at least one of the two CSCI upper division electives

Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)

Students must take care of any MAPS (Minimum Academic Preparation Standards) deficiencies. Please see Undergraduate Admissions Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) for further information.

Senior Exit Exam

Students may be required to participate in a "Senior Exit Exam" prior to graduation. The purpose of the exam is to provide a statistical evaluation of the knowledge and skills acquired in the degree program by the group of graduating seniors. Performance on the exam does not enter into a student's record and does not affect a student's graduation as long as the student does make a good faith effort on the exam. The exam is typically taken during the spring semester of Senior Project, independently of when a student actually plans to graduate.

Departmental Questionnaire

Students may be required to participate in a Departmental Questionnaire prior to graduation. The purpose of this questionnaire is for the department to collect feedback from its graduating students. The questionnaire is typically given at the same time as the Exit Exam.

Diploma Card

The College of Engineering and Applied Science requires the submission of a completed Diploma Card, available in the Dean's Office, early in the semester in which you intend to graduate. See the Dean's Office for details.

Petitions

Students may at times have legitimate reasons to deviate from these degree requirements. A student may request changes to his or her degree requirements by submitting a completed College of Engineering and Applied Science College Petition to Undergraduate Program Advisor Lesley McDowell. The petition must have appropriate approval for the requested changes to take effect.

 
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