Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is a 183-credit-hour program offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program consists of 51 credit hours of general education, 88 credit hours devoted to the computer science core, and 44 credit hours a student can apply to a concentration or computer science electives.


This degree program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career centered on building computer software solutions through programming with algorithmic techniques. Students will explore a broad range of theoretical and practical knowledge, methods, processes, and skills to effectively design and develop computer software according to domain-specific requirements. The curriculum offers broad and detailed knowledge on how a computer’s software works, and how to design and develop different levels and types of computer software.

This program differs from the curriculum of the computer engineering program, which is focused on how to design and develop computer hardware. It is also different from the curriculum of the Information Technology program, which is focused on how to apply both computer hardware and software to design, develop, and support high-level, end-user-oriented business systems, services, or applications.

BSCS Program Outcomes
  • Acquire the theory of programming language, and to program in multiple high level programming languages by using suitable programming fundamentals, abstraction modeling, data structures, and algorithms to solve non-trivial problems.
  • Examine and apply the in-depth knowledge of computer architecture, operating systems, databases, parallel computing, mobile computing, software engineering, big data analytics, computer networking and computer security when constructing technical solutions. 
  • Work both individually and as part of a team to develop and deliver quality software and associated requirements analysis, design and testing artifacts.
  • Reconcile conflicting project objectives, finding acceptable compromises within the limitations of cost, time, knowledge, existing systems, and organizations. 
  • Design appropriate solutions in one or more application domains using broad computer science knowledge foundation and software engineering approaches that integrate ethical, social, legal, and economic concerns.

Degree Requirements

Courses: General Education

COMS203Speech Communications

4.5

ENGL104Introductory Written Communication

4.5

ENGL105Professional Written Communications

4.5

HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century

4.5

MATH111College Algebra for Technical Programs

4.5

PHIL101Introduction to Ethics

4.5

PSYC102Introductory Psychology

4.5

SCI101Introduction to the Sciences

4.5

SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course

1.5

SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability

4.5

SOCL202Social Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Class

4.5

UNIV104Academic and Career Success

4.5

Total Credit Hours:51

Courses: Core

CE242Computer Architecture

4

CS101Problem Solving in Computer Science

4

CS118Principles of Programming Languages

4

CS119Introduction of Programming

4

CS219Python Programming

4

CS221SQL Programming

4

CS226Java Programming

4

CS228C++ Programming

4

CS233Fundamentals of Data Structures

4

CS253Introduction to Database Systems

4

CS267Computer Algorithms

4

CS311Mobile Programming

4

CS337Introduction to Parallel Computing

4

CS341Principles of Operating Systems

4

CS349Software Engineering

4

CS356Foundations of Big Data Analytics

4

CS491Computer Science Team Project I

4

CS492Computer Science Team Project II

4

CSS150Introduction to Computer Security

4

IT204Fundamentals of Networking

4

MATH211Applications of Discrete Mathematics for Computer Systems and IT

4

MATH311Data Driven Statistics for Computer Systems and IT

4

Total Credit Hours:88

Courses- Concentration

BSCSELESelect 44 Credits from the list of courses as shown below

44

Total Credit Hours:44
note that all courses are not offered at all campuses. Consult with your academic advisor.

Courses- Elective Choices

CS227Linux Programming

4

CS349Software Engineering

4

CS361Principles of User Interface Design

4

CS367Streaming Data Analytics

4

CS368Fundamentals of Software Requirements

4

CS374Fundamentals of Software Design

4

CS378NoSQL Databases

4

CS379Machine Learning

4

CS468Software Service Construction

4

CS469Software Quality Assurance

4

CS473Data Mining

4

CS479Data Visualization

4

CSS200Principles of Network Security

4

CSS250Security Risk Management

4

CSS280Ethical Hacking

4

CSS321Software Assurance

4

EM200Introduction to Website Development

4

EM218Web Development II

4

EM228Scripting for the Web

4

EM270Emerging Media and Technology

4

IT304Computer Networks and Communications

4

Total Credit Hours: 183

Locations

  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Virtual Campus