BS in Computer Science with Human-Centered Computing Concentration

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with an HCC Concentration, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Computer Science degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Degree Requirements

Summary of Requirements
Required Outside the College of Engineering57
Required in the College of Engineering54
Technical Electives3
Required Mathematics Courses6
Free Electives8
Total Hours128

Required Outside College of Engineering

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
General Education Core
Select one course from each of the following categories: a15
Exploring World Cultures
Understanding the Creative Arts
Understanding the Past
Understanding the Individual and Society
Understanding US Society
Humanities/Social Sciences/Art Electives
At least three of the selected courses must be from the following: (Please note: In order to enroll in some of these courses, students will have to go to the respective departments to get an override on prerequisites and/or enrollment restrictions.) b12
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Research in Psychology (prerequisite PSCH 100)
Introduction to New Media Arts
3D Space I: Modeling
Embedded Media: Physical Computing
Informational Aesthetics I
Writing for the Electronic Media
Media, Information and Society
Visual Communication
MATH 180Calculus I c4
MATH 181Calculus II c4
MATH 210Calculus III c3
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations3
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) c4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) c4
Science Elective (see below) d2
Total Hours57
a

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

b

These electives must be selected from a list of approved courses provided by the CS department.

c

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

d

All courses on the science elective list below are approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

Required in the College of Engineering 

Required Courses
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
CS 111Program Design I3
CS 141Program Design II3
CS 151Mathematical Foundations of Computing3
CS 211Programming Practicum2
CS 251Data Structures4
CS 261Machine Organization3
CS 301Languages and Automata3
CS 341Programming Language Design and Implementation3
CS 342Software Design3
CS 361Computer Systems3
CS 362Computer Design3
CS 377Communication and Ethical Issues in Computing3
CS 385Operating Systems Concepts and Design3
CS 401Computer Algorithms I3
CS 422User Interface Design and Programming3
CS 499Professional Development Seminar0
Select at least three of the following:9
Computer Vision I
Image Analysis and Computer Vision I
Artificial Intelligence I
Natural Language Processing
Visualization and Visual Analytics
Computer Graphics I
Video Game Design and Development
Total Hours54
a

ENGR 100 carries one equivalent semester hour, but awards no credit toward graduation.

Technical Electives

Courses
Select one of the following:3
Undergraduate Design/Research
Artificial Intelligence I a
Introduction to Machine Learning
Computer Vision I a
Image Analysis and Computer Vision I
Natural Language Processing a
Visualization and Visual Analytics a
Computer Graphics I a
Video Game Design and Development a
Software Engineering I
Engineering Distributed Objects For Cloud Computing
Introduction to Networking
Design and Implementation of Network Protocols
Advanced Computer Architecture
Computer Systems Design
Compiler Design
Object-Oriented Languages and Environments
Programming Language Design
Public Policy, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Computing, Privacy, and Security
Software Development for Mobile Platforms
Database Systems
Networked Operating Systems Programming
Secure Operating System Design and Implementation
Building Secure Computer Systems
Robotics: Algorithms and Control
Human Augmentics
Introduction to Symbolic Computation
Numerical Analysis
Computational Geometry
Linear and Non-Linear Programming
Models in Applied Mathematics
Total Hours3
a

May be used as either a selective course (above) or a technical elective but not both.

Required Mathematics Courses 

Required Courses
IE 342Probability and Statistics for Engineers a3
or STAT 381 Applied Statistical Methods I
MATH 310Applied Linear Algebra3
or MATH 320 Linear Algebra I
Total Hours6
a

Students who take IE 342 will not receive credit for either STAT 381 or STAT 401.

Lab Science Sequence and Science Electives

Every student must take a total of at least 2 additional credit hours in the science area to make up a total of 10 credits. Additional courses may be other courses on this list, courses that have PHYS 141, PHYS 142, or any of these courses as prerequisites, or other courses from a list maintained by the Department of Computer Science of certain additional courses in Engineering and quantitative social sciences.

Required Courses
Select two hours from the following: a2
Biology of Cells and Organisms
Biology of Populations and Communities
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I b
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II b
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II
Global Environmental Change
Earth, Energy, and the Environment
Total Hours2
a

These courses are approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

b

General Education credit is only given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123 or both CHEM 124 and CHEM 125.

Free Electives

Electives
Select 8 hours of Free Electives8
Total Hours8

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
CS 111 Program Design I 3
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation a 1
 Hours16
Second Semester
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
CS 141 Program Design II 3
CS 151 Mathematical Foundations of Computing 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
CS 211 Programming Practicum 2
CS 251 Data Structures 4
General Education Core course 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
CS 261 Machine Organization 3
CS 301 Languages and Automata 3
MATH 220 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
PHYS 142 General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
Humanities/Social Sciences/Art Elective 3
 Hours16
Junior Year
First Semester
CS 361 Computer Systems 3
CS 362 Computer Design 3
CS 342 Software Design 3
IE 342
Probability and Statistics for Engineers
or Applied Statistical Methods I
3
Science Elective 2
Humanities/Social Science/Art Elective b 3-4
 Hours17-18
Second Semester
CS 341 Programming Language Design and Implementation 3
CS 385 Operating Systems Concepts and Design 3
CS 422 User Interface Design and Programming 3
MATH 310
Applied Linear Algebra
or Linear Algebra I
3
Humanities/Social Science/Art Elective b 3-4
 Hours15-16
Senior Year
First Semester
CS 377 Communication and Ethical Issues in Computing 3
CS 401 Computer Algorithms I 3
CS 424 Visualization and Visual Analytics 3
CS 425 Computer Graphics I 3
Free Elective 2
General Education Core course 3
 Hours17
Second Semester
CS 426 Video Game Design and Development 3
CS 499 Professional Development Seminar 0
Technical Elective 3
Humanities/Social Science/Art Elective b 3-4
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours128
a

ENGR 100 carries one equivalent hour but awards no credit towards graduation.

b

One of the following electives: PSCH 100, PSCH 242; ART 150, ART 454, ART 456; DES 452; COMM 430, COMM 316, COMM 460.