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    Jul 17, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BS


A Bachelor of Science with a major in computer science provides a high-quality education by balancing the theoretical and experimental aspects of hardware and software issues. Computer science is considered to be at or near the top in terms of BS degrees in demand for job prospects.


The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science is a professional degree designed to prepare the student for a career of further studies in the technology and application of computers.

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET (abet.org), (415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; 410-347-7700).

Program educational objectives

Graduates will:

  1. Pursue graduate studies in computer science or related disciplines, and/or a career in a technology field utilizing skills from the computer science areas studied during the undergraduate program.
  2. Act responsibly and ethically in their professional conduct and successfully engage in life-long learning.
  3. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams and exhibit the ability to communicate effectively.
  4. Complete professional work assignments that exhibit the ability to design, develop and implement software while applying computer science principles and practices to the solution of real problems.

Student outcomes

This program will enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

Hours required and general/college requirements


A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as specified in the University Core Curriculum  in the Academics  section of this catalog and the College of Engineering  requirements.

Minor


Optional.

Electives


Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements . Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information, see an academic advisor in the College of Engineering.

Other requirements


A grade point average of 2.0 is required for all major requirement courses and approved electives.

Policy on Transfer into the Computer Science degree, for students currently enrolled at UNT:

Students enrolled at UNT can transfer into Computer Science if they have completed the CSCI foundation courses with a C or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. The courses are CSCE 1030 , CSCE 1040 , CSCE 2100 , CSCE 2110 , 3 hours from UNT Core Communication Area Group 1 MATH 1710 , and TECM 2700 .

Policy on Academic Performance, Progression, and Dismissal in the College of Engineering

Students in the College of Engineering will conduct themselves in a professional manner in their interaction with their peers, faculty, staff and the community in general. A student may be dismissed from the college for inappropriate conduct (please refer to the Code of Student Conduct).

Each semester, students are required to take engineering foundation courses and/or prerequisites to the engineering foundation courses until all foundation courses are successfully completed. Successful completion is a 2.5 GPA for all engineering foundation courses with a C or better in each course.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses required in a student’s major for degree completion. Courses include, but are not limited to, engineering, computing, mathematics, laboratory sciences, supporting area, technical elective, technical option, energy elective, and specialization courses.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses required in a student’s major for prerequisite completion. Courses include, but are not limited to, engineering, computing, mathematics, laboratory sciences, supporting area, technical elective, technical option, energy elective, and specialization courses.

A student making grades lower than C two times in the same course in any College of Engineering foundation course or in any course required by the major is subject to dismissal from the College of Engineering, pending a review by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering.

A student must maintain good academic standing within the university. Please see “Academic status” and “Regulations governing students under academic suspension” in the Academics  section of this catalog.    

Foundation courses


Successful completion of foundation courses is based on achieving a C or higher in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Students are required to take Engineering Foundation courses and/or prerequisites to the Engineering Foundation courses until all foundation courses are successfully completed. Successful completion is a 2.5 GPA for all Engineering Foundation courses with a C or better in each course.

Successful completion of the foundation courses is required for enrollment in all 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Foundation courses for the degree program include the following.

Major transfer policy


Students enrolled at UNT can transfer into computer science if they have completed the following courses with a C or better and cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. The courses are:

Department policies


Policy on Academic Performance, Progression, and Dismissal in the College of Engineering

Students in the College of Engineering will conduct themselves in a professional manner in their interaction with their peers, faculty, staff and the community in general. A student may be dismissed from the college for inappropriate conduct (please refer to the Code of Student Conduct).

Each semester, students are required to take engineering foundation courses and/or prerequisites to the engineering foundation courses until all foundation courses are successfully completed. Successful completion is a 2.5 GPA for all engineering foundation courses with a C or better in each course.

Successful completion of the foundation courses is required for enrollment in all 3000 and 4000 level courses.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses required in a student’s major for degree completion. Courses include, but are not limited to, engineering, computing, mathematics, laboratory sciences, supporting area, technical elective, technical option, energy elective, and specialization courses.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses required in a student’s major for prerequisite completion. Courses include, but are not limited to, engineering, computing, mathematics, laboratory sciences, supporting area, technical elective, technical option, energy elective, and specialization courses.

A student making grades lower than C two times in the same course in any College of Engineering foundation course or in any course required by the major is subject to dismissal from the College of Engineering, pending a review by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering.

A student must maintain good academic standing within the university. Please see “Academic status” and “Regulations governing students under academic suspension” in the Academics  section of this catalog.

Four-year degree plan (example)


The following four-year plan is one example of a variety of ways in which you can complete your chosen degree in four years, and will serve as a guide for you to design your pathway to degree completion. Variations will depend on whether you need to take prerequisites or have college credit from exams or dual enrollment.

 

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
CSCE 1030 - Computer Science I   4 hours   CSCE 1040 - Computer Science II   3 hours  
MATH 1710 - Calculus I   4 hours   MATH 1720 - Calculus II   3 hours  
Communication core   3 hours TECM 2700 - Technical Writing   3 hours  
Laboratory Science selection* 4 hours Laboratory Science selection* 4 hours
Total 15 hours Total 13 hours

 

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
CSCE 2100 - Foundations of Computing   3 hours   CSCE 2110 - Foundations of Data Structures   3 hours  
EENG 2710 - Digital Logic Design   3 hours   CSCE 2610 - Assembly Language and Computer Organization   3 hours  
MATH 2700 - Linear Algebra and Vector Geometry   3 hours   MATH 1780 - Probability Models   3 hours  
PHYS 1710 - Mechanics   3 hours   PHYS 2220 - Electricity and Magnetism   3 hours  
PHYS 1730 - Laboratory in Mechanics   1 hour   PHYS 2240 - Laboratory in Wave Motion, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics   1 hour  
American History core   3 hours American History core   3 hours
Total 16 hours Total 16 hours

 

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
CSCE 3110 - Data Structures and Algorithms   3 hours   CSCE 3444 - Software Engineering   3 hours  
CSCE 3600 - Principles of Systems Programming   3 hours   CSCE 4110 - Algorithms   3 hours  
Language, Philosophy and Culture core   3 hours Creative Arts core   3 hours
CSCE Core Elective 3 hours CSCE Core Elective 3 hours
TECM Elective-4000 level 3 hours CSCE Breadth Elective 3 hours
Total 15 hours Total 15 hours

 

Year 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
CSCE 4010 - Social Issues in Computing   3 hours   CSCE 4902 - Software Development Capstone II   3 hours  
CSCE 4901 - Software Development Capstone I   3 hours   Government/Political Science core   3 hours
Government/Political Science core    3 hours CSCE Elective-advanced 3 hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences core   3 hours CSCE Elective-advanced 3 hours
CSCE Breadth Elective 3 hours Elective 3 hours
Total 15 hours Total 15 hours

Notes

*See “Laboratory Science” section, “Choose 8 hours from the following courses” for more information.