Is Computer Science a Good Major

7071
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7071 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

Computer scientists are deeply involved in activities that are essential in our modern civilization. These activities include basic research, design, development and testing of software and information systems that serve society and its many needs. Computer technology is found in every aspect of today's world. Common uses include word processors, spreadsheets, computer games and entertainment, communications and information systems, transportation, education and training, medicine, criminology, factory automation, space exploration and assistive devices for the disabled. Computers have led to significant quality of life improvements, and yet their potential is still to be fully realized. Computing professionals design and develop computer systems that are, insofar as possible, free from defects and protected from misuse that would harm the health or welfare of society or the environment.

The educational objectives of the bachelor of science degree program are to prepare students so that within a few years after graduation they will be well-respected computational problem solvers and recognized as algorithmic specialists contributing to the development of new technology and software products; they will be actively engaged in continual professional development; and will be using their technical knowledge, interpersonal and personal skills and professional attitude to advance their careers, the careers of others and the organizations for which they work.

The curriculum for the computer science major at Florida Tech is a unique and well-rounded program that provides a solid technical background for careers in the computing profession or for graduate studies. Computer science majors study the structure of typical computer systems, the techniques and theories supporting software development and specialized areas such as computer graphics, artificial intelligence, networks and information management. After graduation, they are equipped to enter the work force as systems analysts, application and system developers, or software specialists and are provided with the background necessary for graduate study.

Because the subject matter of programming, algorithms and data structures forms a critically important foundation for all advanced computer science courses, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements is a grade of C for each of the following courses: CSE 1001, CSE 1002, CSE 2010 and CSE 2120.

Students must complete the following minimum course requirements:

Freshman Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1001 Fundamentals of Software Development 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1101 Computing Disciplines and Careers 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1400 Applied Discrete Mathematics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1002 Fundamentals of Software Development 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 2120 Computer Organization and Machine Programming
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (Science) Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 2010 Algorithms and Data Structures
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (laboratory science*) Credit Hours: 4
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CSE 2050 Programming in a Second Language
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 2410 Introduction to Software Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2510 Logic
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (laboratory science*) Credit Hours: 4
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • CSE 2400 Applied Statistics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 3030 Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Computing
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 3120 Computer Architecture and Assembly Programming
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 4250 Programming Language Concepts
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Spring (18 credit hours)
  • CSE 4001 Operating Systems Concepts
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 4083 Formal Languages and Automata Theory
    **
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (MTH) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Science) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • CSE 4081 Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms
    **
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 4101 Computer Science Projects 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (CSE) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (MTH or Science) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective (or BUS 3xxx) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • CSE 4102 Computer Science Projects 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (CSE) Credit Hours: 6
  • Technical Elective (or BUS 3xxx) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 127

*Students select one laboratory science sequence (BIO 1010/BIO 1020, CHM 1101/CHM 1102, or PHY 1001/PHY 2091 and PHY 2002/PHY 2092). Students who complete the physics sequence may apply two credits toward the Restricted Elective (Science) requirement.

**One additional 3-credit Restricted Elective (CSE) may be taken in place of either CSE 4081 or CSE 4083.