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Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

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 CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience 1
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
CSE 1001 Fundamentals of Software Development 1 4
CSE 1101 Computing Disciplines and Careers 1 1
CSE 1400 Applied Discrete Mathematics 3

Social Science Elective
3
  15


SPRING CREDITS
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
CSE 1002 Fundamentals of Software Development 2 4
CSE 2120 Computer Organization and Machine Programming 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4
  Restricted Elective (Science) 3
  17

Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems 1
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
CSE 2010 Algorithms and Data Structures 4
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
  Restricted Elective (laboratory science*) 4
   16

 

SPRING CREDITS
CSE 2050 Programming in a Second Language 3
CSE 2410 Introduction to Software Engineering 3
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
HUM 2510
Logic 3
  Restricted Elective (laboratory science*) 4
    16

Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
CSE 2400 Applied Statistics 3
CSE 3030 Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Computing 3
CSE 3120 Computer Architecture and Assembly Programming 3
CSE 4250 Programming Language Concepts 3
  Humanities Core Course**
3
  15

 

SPRING CREDITS
CSE 4001 Operating Systems Concepts 3
CSE 4083 Formal Languages and Automata Theory*** 3
  Free Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Restricted Elective (MTH) 3
  Restricted Elective (Science) 3
   18

Senior Year

FALL  CREDITS
CSE 4081 Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms*** 3
CSE 4101 Computer Science Projects 1 (Q) 3
  Restricted Elective (CSE) 3
  Restricted Elective (MTH or Science)
3
  Technical Elective (or BUS 3xxx)
3
   15

 

SPRING  CREDITS
CSE 4102 Computer Science Projects 2 (Q)  3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Restricted Electives (CSE) 6
  Technical Elective (or BUS 3xxx)
3
   15

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 127

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

**Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern
HUM 2142 World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial 
HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1 
HUM 2213 British and American Literature 2 
HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present 

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.

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