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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science Major, B.S.

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The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences offers coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Computer Science.  The Computer Science major provides students with broad-based preparation in Computer Science with the appropriate supporting Mathematics background. Graduates in Computer Science are positioned for employment in a wide variety of jobs in the computing field.  The CS major also prepares students for continued study of Computer Science at the graduate level.  Students are encouraged to contact the department for further details (303-615-0399). The program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

A grade of “C-” or better is required in all CS courses included in the major, all ancillary courses, all courses in the required mathematics minor, and all science courses for the science requirement. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

120 total credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Additional Semester Hours

A minimum of 12 additional semester hours selected from upper-division CS courses or MTH 4480 .

Mathematics Minor (Required for the Computer Science Major): 18 credits


* MTH 3130 or MTH 3140 may be substituted for MTH 2140.  Only one of MTH 2140, MTH 3130, or MTH 3140 may be counted.

** MTH 3100 may be substituted for MTH 3170 with prior departmental approval. (Substitution of the 3-credit MTH 3100 for the 4-credit MTH 3170 will require one additional credit of math coursework chosen from MTH 2420 or a 3000- or 4000-level math course, excluding MTH 3240. This course is needed to satisfy the 18-credit hour, Mathematics minor requirement).

Science Requirement: 6 credits

A total of at least 6 credits of departmentally approved science courses.

Must include one of the following science sequences. Additional science course(s) may be chosen from the courses listed below, or ENV 1200 .

Additional Course Requirements

Students must complete the required MSU Denver General Studies course requirements.  Some of the science, mathematics, or ancillary courses required for the CS major or Math minor may partially or fully satisfy specific General Studies requirements.

The Multicultural graduation requirement of 3 credit hours must also be satisfied.  Some courses that satisfy the Multicultural requirement also satisfy a General Studies requirement.


As an alternative to the B.S. degree program, the CS Department works with the Center for Individualized Learning to provide students with programs customized to their educational needs.



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