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2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Computer Science, BS

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College of Science

Department of Computer Science

The department offers a degree program with emphases in Science (SC), Digital Systems (DS), Software Development (SD), Bioinformatics (BI), and Information Technology (IT). The objectives are to train computer scientists who can relate to science, computer design, or information-based business disciplines. Other areas of emphasis will be considered on an individual basis.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements .

In addition to their major requirements, students in the Computer Science major must complete the minimum university requirements stated below:

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (10 of last 40 must be USU credits)


Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




Bachelor of Science Degree

First Semester Schedule (15 credits)

Depending upon emphasis, a new student’s first semester schedule is configured from the following:

Computer Science Required Courses

Computer Science Major

Computer Science deals with information structures and processes as they are represented and implemented in modern high-speed digital computers, and with information processing systems designed to implement useful applications of computing.

The program in computer science provides a solid foundation of knowledge about computers and teaches a mode of thinking that permits continuing growth on the part of graduates. Prospective students should have an aptitude for mathematics and logic and an interest in analysis and deduction.

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields of study in our society. Excellent employment opportunities are available to computer science graduates. All of the major corporations hire computer science graduates. Graduates in Computer Science work for numerous Utah-based corporations, as well as Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, etc.

The Computer Science bachelor’s degree is a four-year degree with areas of emphasis in Science (SC), Digital Systems (DS), Software Development (SD), Bioinformatics (BI), and Information Technology (IT). In addition, by working with a departmental advisor, students may develop a plan of study tailored to their own unique career objectives.

Science Emphasis
The Science Emphasis (SC) is designed for those who plan to pursue scientific or technical careers, research, or graduate education in computer science. Students choosing the science emphasis take courses in programming languages, advanced algorithms, and math courses in calculus, linear analysis, and multi-variable calculus. Additional courses include a variety of upper-division computer science courses, chosen in consultation with an advisor. This emphasis might be termed the “typical” computer science degree.

Digital Systems Emphasis
The Digital Systems Emphasis (DS) is available for those interested in both the hardware and software aspects of computer systems. In addition to computer science and mathematics courses, students in this emphasis take electrical engineering courses in electronics, circuits, digital fundamentals, microcomputer systems, and digital system design. The curriculum for students in this emphasis is similar to that for students in the computer engineering major in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Bioinformatics Emphasis
The Bioinformatics Emphasis (BI) is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the computer science aspects of bioinformatics. Students in this emphasis gain a strong background in core computer science areas, such as programming, theory of computing, and software development. In addition, they follow a course of study in biology, chemistry, and statistics. Through this background and course of study, students are provided with the computational skills and the scientific understanding necessary for work in bioinformatics.

Software Development Emphasis
The Software Development Emphasis (SD) is designed to give students expertise in all major areas of software engineering, including project management, development processes, group work, requirement capture and analysis, software design, programming, testing, standards, and documentation. Students completing this option are prepared to create sophisticated, reliable, and secure software for a broad range of applications. Students in this option take courses in computer science emphasizing software development processes, conceptual modeling, database design, testing, and security, along with broadening courses in operations research, statistics, and management.

Information Technology Emphasis
The Information Technology Emphasis (IT) trains students in all phases of analysis, design, and implementation of information technology. It also gives students expertise in the theory and application of information technology. At the same time, this emphasis provides students with a strong background in business principles, including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resource management. Students in the Information Technology emphasis are prepared for careers that straddle information technology and business, in both the private and public sectors. Students are trained in all phases of the analysis, design, and implementation of information systems. They also gain an understanding of business fundamentals. Thus, students are prepared to apply their computing expertise in a business environment.

Science Emphasis

Students in the SC emphasis must complete the following courses:

Digital Systems Emphasis

 Students in the DS emphasis must complete the following courses:

Software Development Emphasis

 Students in the SD emphasis must complete the following courses:

Bioinformatics Emphasis

 Students in the BI emphasis must complete the following courses:

Information Technology Emphasis

 Students in the IT emphasis must complete the following courses:


Science and Quantitative Requirement

In their curriculum, students in the Science (SC), Digital Systems (DS), Software Development (SD), and Bioinformatics (BI) emphases must have a total of 30 credits of science and quantitative requirements, such that the 30 credits include the following: (1) a two-semester science sequence, which is met with the Two-Semester Science Sequence requirement above, and (2) at least 15 credits of quantitative coursework, which are met with courses designated with a *. (these courses are designated with a sigma in internal departmental documents)

The remaining courses can be met with courses designated with an *, that are not otherwise used to fill CS major requirements; and/or with S-Q-designated courses, and/or with courses listed below.


Courses Required for Advanced Standing

In order to achieve advanced standing (enter the professional program), students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 (or grade of C- or better) among  courses in one of the following core emphasis course sequences, or their equivalent, as determined by the Computer Science Department:


For a more complete statement of requirements, please contact the department directly. Requirements may change from time to time.

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