Computer Science, B.S.

Requirements

Department

Bachelor of Science Degree - Computer Science Major Requirements

Undergraduate Program

The bachelor's degree in computer science prepares students for careers in the computing industry or for graduate study. Combined with a minor in another field of study, the bachelor's degree allows students to utilize their computing expertise in a variety of specialized fields. The core and computer science theory courses are excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue an advanced degree in computer science.

For the computer science major, the department offers courses that represent both the core of study considered essential to all aspects of computing and advanced study sequences in particular fields of interest. The core classes introduce all majors to the spectrum of thought represented in computing. The advanced sequences allow the individual student to pursue concentrated work within such areas as computer architecture, artificial intelligence, databases, compilers, operating systems, computer science theory, computer graphics, software engineering, programming languages, networking, distributed systems, and parallel processing. The department also offers topics courses to keep students informed of current advances and methods in computing.

In addition to courses designed for majors, the department offers courses intended to introduce computing to nonmajors. These courses will benefit any major who wishes to include computing in their undergraduate study.

Grade Requirements

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade. All courses required as prerequisites for a course must be completed with a grade of C or better before registration will be permitted.

Administrative Academic Probation

A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in all courses taken in the College of Science and Mathematics. Students who fail to maintain a 2.0 GPA in courses within their major may be placed on administrative academic probation. Failure to eliminate the grade point deficiency could result in disqualification from the College of Science and Mathematics.

Computer Science Major

1. Major requirements (59 units) and Additional requirements (10 units)
CSCI 40, CSCI 41, CSCI 60, CSCI 112, CSCI 113, CSCI 114CSCI 115, CSCI 117, CSCI 119 (35 units)

Select seven of the following, including one of the sequences (21 units)
CSCI 124, CSCI 126, CSCI 130, CSCI 134, CSCI 146, CSCI 148, CSCI 150, CSCI 152E, CSCI 154, CSCI 156, CSCI 164, CSCI 166, CSCI 168E, CSCI 172, CSCI 173, CSCI 174, CSCI 176, CSCI 177, CSCI 186, CSCI 188, CSCI 191T (max total 6 units)

Approved sequences:
CSCI 126 - CSCI 130
CSCI 114 - CSCI 146 or CSCI 114 - CSCI 148
CSCI 150 - CSCI 152
CSCI 156 - ECE 146
CSCI 164 - CSCI 166
CSCI 172 - CSCI 173
CSCI 176 - CSCI 177
CSCI 186 - CSCI 188

And, complete an eighth course, either CSCI 198, CSCI 198S or an additional second course in one of the sequences above (3 units)

Additional requirements (10 units)
MATH 75, MATH 76, PHYS 2A and PHYS 2B or PHYS 4A, PHYS 4AL, PHYS 4B, PHYS 4BL

2. General Education requirements (49 units)
MATH 75 and PHYS 2A or PHYS 4A are used to satisfy the General Education requirements.

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total (120 units)

Faculty

The faculty comes from a variety of areas including computer systems and architecture, theoretical computer science, programming languages, software engineering, computer graphics, distributed systems and parallel processing, neural networks, image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, wireless communication and mobile computing, robot swarm communication, evolutionary computation, domain-specific languages, and real-time and embedded systems. They have in common a desire to provide a program that will give the student a broad range of experience in computer science as well as the depth of education that will be needed in the student's later career, whether professional or academic.

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Roadmap

B.S. in Computer Science

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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Careers

Student using laptop keyboard

For the computer science major, courses are offered that represent both the core of study considered essential to all aspects of computing and advanced study sequences in particular fields of interest. The core classes introduce all majors to the spectrum of thought represented in computing. The advanced sequences allow the individual student to pursue concentrated work within such areas as computer architecture, artificial intelligence, databases, compilers, operating systems, computer science theory, computer graphics, software engineering, programming languages, networking, distributed systems, and parallel processing. The department also offers topics courses to keep students informed of current advances and methods in computing.

In addition to courses designed for majors, the department offers courses intended to introduce computing to nonmajors. These courses will benefit any major who wishes to include computing in their undergraduate study.

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the Computer Science program find job opportunities software industry and other industries that require computing.

What You Can Earn

  • Programmer:  $76,434 (in our region)
  • Software Engineer: $86,942 (in our region)
  • Application System Architect: $142,160 (in our region)

Source: HR reported data from glassdoor.com and salary.com as of January 2022.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Artificial Intelligence Programming
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Bioinformatics Computing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Security
  • Database Systems
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Game Development
  • Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
  • Machine Learning
  • Parallel Processing
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Simulation
  • Software Engineering
  • Structures of Programming Languages
  • Web Programming
  • Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

What You Can Learn

  • Computing knowledge based on the most recent ACM computing curricula recommendations. 
  • Modern topics courses covering current advances and methods in computing.

About the College

The College of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide preprofessional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.

College Contact Info

The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936

Department Contact Information

Department of Computer Science
2576 E. San Ramon MS ST 109
Fresno, CA 93740-8039

Department Office Location:
Science II, Room 255

Phone: (559) 278-4373 (278-HERE)
Fax: (559) 278-4197
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