Bachelor of Science
This document gives the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. The Bachelor of Science program is accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board in Engineering and Technology). As of Fall 2010, the Computer Science Department instituted changes which completed the requirements for ABET accreditation. Earlier changes towards accreditation were made in the Fall 2008 curriculum.
In addition to the degree requirements below, the interested reader is encouraged to consult these links below:
as well as the following links to documents:
Fall 2010 & After
Computer Science Requirements - 27 credits (3 each)
- CSC141 Computer Science I
- CSC142 Computer Science II
- CSC220 Foundations of Computer Science
- CSC240 Computer Science III
- CSC241 Data Structures and Algorithms
- CSC242 Computer Organization
- CSC301 Introduction to Computer Security
- CSC345 Programming Language Concepts and Paradigms
- CSC402 Software Engineering
Communication Skills Requirements - 6 credits (3 each)
ENG368† Business and Organizational Writing
ENG371† Technical Writing
SPK208† Public Speaking
SPK230 Business and Professional Speech Communication
SPK199† Transfer Credit
Basic Mathematics Requirements - 10 credits
Additional Math & Science Requirements - 11 credits
MAT122 Statistics II (3)
MAT162 Calculus II (4)
The additional 7 or 8 credits must be
fulfilled as a combination of
- Math (MAT) courses, level 200 or above
- Science courses (not Computer Science), any level
You must take one laboratory science course intended for science majors; the current list of such courses includes:
- BIO110 General Biology (3)
- CHE103 & CRL103 General Chemistry I (3) & Lab (1)
- ESS101 Introduction to Geology (3)
- PHY130 General Physics I (4)
- PHY170 Physics I (4)
Please note that all science credits taken to satisfy the Additional Math and Science Requirements are in addition to the 6-credit general education science requirement (see Distributive Requirements: Fall 2014 or later).
† this course also counts towards general education credits
Large Scale Systems - 3 credits
Advanced Requirements - 18 credits
In addition to the Core Curriculum a student must take 18 credits of Computer Science (CSC) electives consisting of 300-level or 400-level courses according to these stipulations:
- A minumum of 6 credits of 400-level courses is required.
- The courses taken to statisfy the Advanced Requirements are in addition to the course taken to satisfy the Large Scale Systems requirement.
- The internship course, CSC400, can apply 3 credits towards the Advanced Requirements.
Computer Security Certificate
This certificate is described in the Information Security Center section. It is intended for students who wish to focus on the computer/network security aspects of Computer Science. To satisfy the certificate, the following elective courses must be taken:
- CSC302 Computer Security II
- CSC331 Operating Systems
- CSC335 Data Communications and Networking I
- One course chosen from the following (topics vary from one semester to another):
In order for an undergraduate student to receive recognition of completion of the Computer Security Certificate, he or she must complete each of the Certificate courses with a minimum grade of C and obtain an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken for the certificate (counting CSC301 and CSC402, which are required for the major).
A student who wishes to pursue this certificate needs to obtain an Application for Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Security and submit it to the chairperson of the Computer Science Department.
Students who enter WCU as first-year computer science majors must meet the following high school criteria:
- Rank in the top two-fifths of graduating class.
- Pass Algebra I, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Geometry, and a senior year math course.
- Earn a Math SAT original score of 550 or better.
- Earn a Combined SAT original score of 1020 or better.
These guidelines are used to determine college credit when evaluating Advanced Placement Scores in Computer Science
|Examination||A. P. Score||Policy|
|Computer Science AB||1, 2||no credit|
|3, 4, 5||3 credits for CSC 141|
|Computer Science A||1, 2||no credit|
|3, 4, 5||3 credits for CSC 141|
Students who seek to transfer to the Computer Science major from another college or from another major within WCU must first satisfy all these conditions:
- have received a grade of C- or better for both CSC141 and CSC142
- have received a grade of C- or better in at least two of the following three courses: MAT121, MAT151, MAT161
- have a GPA at least 2.5 over all CSC major courses taken, and a GPA at least 2.0 over all required MAT courses taken.
All Computer Science majors at WCU must satisfy the same requirements as stated above before being permitted to take any 300 or higher level Computer Science major course. Exceptions to this transfer and continuation policy can be made on a case by case basis by the department chairperson.
In order to graduate, a Computer Science major must earn a grade of C- or better in each course taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Furthermore, the overall GPA must be ast least 2.5 in CSC courses and at least 2.0 in MAT courses taken as requirements. This policy does not apply to courses taken as free electives.