Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Computer Science (BCS)

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.C.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 11.0101 (Track 1 of 6)

College of Engineering


Major Description

The Computer Science program focuses on the design, development, and application of software systems and on the theory of computation. Additional course work in algorithms, discrete structures, object oriented design, data structures, operating systems, digital logic design, computer architecture, and a wide range of advanced electives extend and supplement the core.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the University. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade (C- is insufficient).

Students qualify for direct entry to the Department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.

Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

  • COP XXXX Introductory Programming in C, C++, Java, or equivalent language
  • MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X281
  • MAC X312 Calculus II or MAC X282
  • PHY X048/X048L General Physics I with Lab or PHY X048C
  • PHY X049/X049L General Physics II with Lab or PHY X049C
  • XXX XXXX Six credit hours of science courses for science majors

Total Major Hours: 93 Hours

Major Core Courses - 69 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 24 Hours

  • 15 hours of Department Upper-Level Electives (CSE Elective)
  • 6 hours of Department Upper-Level Electives (CSE Software Elective)
  • 3 hours of Department Upper-Level Elective (CSE Theory Elective)

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Required Prerequisites for Entering Engineering Programs/Majors

Students who have met the College of Engineering’s admission requirements carry a major code of ”Engineering” or “Pre-Information Technology” until they have completed the prerequisite requirements for departmental admission. (Please see below for departmental admissions requirements.) Students who have fully met the admission requirements for their intended major, and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in one of the following bachelor’s degree programs: Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Information Technology. The College of Engineering is not accepting new students for the four year Bachelor of Science program in Information Systems at this time. Departmental admissions requirements vary by program. Students considering transferring to USF should familiarize themselves with the requirements for their intended department as early as possible.

Students admitted to the University of South Florida and the College of Engineering must qualify for the program of their choice by successfully meeting the requirements below. Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in math and science prerequisites is a grade of C or higher (C- is insufficient).

Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental Engineering courses. Once admitted, individual departments may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core engineering courses for the discipline which must be met before further registration in the department is granted.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

  1. Completion of:

    A minimum grade of C in each course listed above (grades of C- are insufficient) and an overall GPA for these courses of 3.5 are required to guarantee admission to the program. The required overall GPA for these courses may be lower than 3.5 when allowed by the program. When the acceptable GPA is less than 3.5, that information will be posted in the University’s course management system and on the department’s website (http://www.cse.usf.edu) one year prior to the fall semester that the revised GPA is applicable. The computed GPA is based on the best attempts in these courses.

  2. COP 2510

  3. Completion of COP 2510 with a minimum grade of B (grade of B- is insufficient) or another introductory programming course covering a modern programming language, with an emphasis on programming concepts and design methodology with a minimum grade of B (grade of B- is insufficient).
  4. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  5. A minimum USF GPA of 2.0
Students meeting the above requirements may be admitted to either of the two major degree tracks; however, continuation in the program will be allowed only for students who complete CDA 3103 and COP 3514 with minimum grades of B, based on best attempts in each course (grades of B- are insufficient). These requirements must be met with a maximum of two attempts allowed for each course.

Major Course Grade Requirement

Continuation in the major requires successful completion of CDA 3103 and COP 3514 with the required GPA as stated in the Computer Science and Engineering prerequisite statement in the College of Engineering’s general section.

Major State Communication and Computation Requirement (formerly Gordon Rule)

Gordon Rule (6A) is fully met through the mathematics courses above, ENC 1101, ENC 1102, ENC 3246 and CIS 4250 or by completing an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement

Foundations of Learning and Knowledge Core Curriculum: The math and science courses required for this major fully meet the math and science requirements of the FKL core curriculum. Students in the College of Engineering may substitute a second "Physical Science" course for the required "Life Science" course.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

The writing intensive and capstone design exit requirements are fully met through ENC 3246 and CIS 4250.

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