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Computer Science (B.S.)

Description of Major 

This major provides a broad-based background sufficient for entry to a career in computing. It provides a systems view of computing, emphasizing the interdependence of design, object orientation, and distributed systems and networks, from basic software through systems design. This major develops core competencies in programming, database structure, computer organization, and operating systems. It allows opportunities to study a range of other aspects of computer and information science, such as information security, data communication/ networks, computer and network systems administration, theoretical computer science, and software engineering. Every student can expect to become proficient at programming in C , C++, and Assembly Language. Additionally, students will be exposed to other languages such as Java, C#, Ada, Lisp, Scheme, Prolog, Perl, and HTML. This major is available on campus or through Distance Learning.

The coursework required for this major includes an embedded collateral minor in mathematics. It is Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology/Computing Accreditation Commission (ABET/CAC) accredited and is intended to be sufficient for entry to a graduate program in computer science.  

Note to prospective transfer students. Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.  

Internet Supported Distance Learning
The programs available through internet-supported distance learning are degree programs that enable students with the equivalent of an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida public institution to earn an FSU bachelor’s degree totally online. In-state or out-of-state students without a Florida A.A. are still eligible for these distance learning programs, but they may be required to take liberal studies coursework in addition to courses required for the major. The programs are designed for full or part time study. Each student receives access to a course Web site and the e-mail addresses of everyone associated with the class. A unique feature of the distance learning programs is the support FSU provides through an assigned Mentor. Mentors serve as learning guides, helping to facilitate each individual student’s success. Students interact with each other, their Mentors, and their instructors via e-mail, Web-based discussion pages, and telephone calls. Students interested in Distance Learning should contact the Office of Distance Learning (ODL). For more information contact (877) 644-4635 or visit the web at

Prerequisite Coursework for a B.S. in Computer Science

The following must be completed with a grade of C minus or higher. These courses may be taken as part of General Education requirements or as general electives:

  • COP XXXX (3) Introductory Programming in C, C++, JAVA or equivalent language (C++ preferred)
  • XXX XXXX (2-4) One science course for science majors (contact department for a list of acceptable courses)
  • MAC X311 (4) Calculus I
  • MAC X312 (4) Calculus II

One of the following series:

  • PHY X048C (4-5) General Physics A with lab and PHY X049C (4-5) General Physics B or with lab, or
  • * BSC X010 (3) and BSC X011(3) and CHM X045C (4)

* Students selecting this option may satisfy the “One science course” requirement by completing BSC X010L and BSC X011L.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of 

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level. Foreign language courses are not available via distance learning.

Admissions/Continuation Requirements to the Major Program of Studies:
Students should complete the prerequisite coursework with the grade of “C minus” or higher in order to be considered for entrance to the major program of study. Students must also have completed a minimum of 52 hours of credit and at least half the required hours in general Education requirements, including the required two English and two mathematics, or an A.A. degree. 

Distance Learning students must complete the required prerequisites prior to admission. Distance Learning students are also encouraged, though not required, to complete the oral competency requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement prior to admission. In accordance with the University residency rule, degree requirements not available online must be completed prior to the final 30 hours of the degree. The Computer Science major is limited access. The minimum GPA for acceptance is 2.65 and students in the program must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

A student who has accumulated 5 or more grades below a C minus (including grades of U) in Mathematics, Statistics, natural science or computer science courses taken for college credit at FSU or elsewhere, whether related or not, will not be permitted to enter into this major or continue as a major in the department.  

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (60 hours)

  • COP 3014 (3) Programming I
  • COP 3353 (1) Introduction to UNIX
  • COP 3330 (3) Object-Oriented Programming
  • CDA 3100 (3) Computer Organization I
  • CDA 3101 (3) Computer Organization II
  • CEN 4020 (3) Software Engineering I
  • CIS 3250 (3) Ethics in Computer Science
  • COP 4020 (3) Programming Languages
  • COP 4610 (3) Operating Systems & Concurrent Programming
  • COP 4530 (3) Data Structures, Algorithms, and Generic Programming
  • COP 4531 (3) Complexity and Analysis of Data Structure and Algorithms
  • COP 4710 (3) Theory and Structure of Databases
  • COT 4420 (3) Theory of Computation


  • 2-3 hours of a computer science elective that covers an upper-division programming language for CS majors not presented in the required course offerings
  • 3 hours computer science or advanced math elective with a prerequisite of MAC 2312 or MAD 3105
  • 9 hours of 4000-level computer science electives (not including CIS 4900)


  • MAD 2104 (3) Discrete Mathematics I
  • MAD 3105 (3) Discrete Mathematics II
  • STA 4442 (3) Introduction to Probability (may substitute STA 4321 or STA 3032)

Minor: The prerequisite courses in mathematics constitute a collateral minor.

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major. COP 3014.

Oral Communication Competency: 
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement is met through a college-level approved course, such as SPC 1017 or SPC 2608 (3).

Minimum Program Requirements ­Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
B.S. Prerequisite Coursework 27*
B.S. Major Coursework 60
Minor Coursework 0-12 or more
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Note: Some prerequisite coursework may also be applied to General Education requirements in math and science.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors.  Map for this major. 


  1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
  2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University. 

Employment Information 
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Programmer (Scientific, Business, Systems), Technical Writer, Systems Analyst, Operations-Research analyst, Software Engineer, Webmaster, Teacher of High School, Technical support Representative, Manager, Data Processing System Manager, Network Administrator, Sales Representative for Computer or Software Manufacturers.

Representative Employers: Computer Firms, High Schools, Colleges and Universities, Financial Firms, Private Industry, Governmental Agencies. 

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