Computer Science, BS

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (346004BS)

More on the Computer Science major

The program explores both problem-solving through the creation of software and effective use of modern computer systems. 

Requirements for Admission

All students who meet the minimum requirements for admittance into The University of Akron and intend to major in computer science are accepted into the College of Engineering and Polymer Science and welcome to begin study towards their intended major.  Students must show success in key classes early in the program curriculum to gain full admission to their program of study. 

For Computer Science, the student must have completed 30 credits of work and have the approval of the Dean of the College. In addition, the student must have completed the following classes with a 2.3 grade point average for the listed classes:

CPSC:209Computer Science I4
CPSC:210Computer Science II4
MATH:208Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
MATH:221Analytic Geometry-Calculus I4

Accelerated BS/MS program

The department offers B.S. Computer Science students at The University of Akron a BS/MS program that allows them to earn the Master of Science in Computer Science with one additional year of study. Applications are accepted in the Spring before the senior year. 

The following information has official approval of The Department of Computer Science and The College of Engineering and Polymer Science, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Three year accelerated option: for first time students who have earned credits for at least the first year of courses. Credits can be earned through qualifying scores on appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exams or through College Credit Plus Program (CCP) courses. Credits for qualifying AP scores or CCP courses are determined by the appropriate academic department. Departments may assign varied course credit, depending on the student’s score on an AP exam or grade in a CCP course. Students may also receive credit by examination or via placement tests, where appropriate.



General Education Requirements *24
Preadmission Major Core Requirements16
Mathematics and Statistics8
Natural Science8
Computer Science Core27
Computer Science Technical Electives15
Additional Credits for Graduation **22
Total Hours120

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to multiple requirements. 


Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.

Note: A 2.0 GPA is required in all major coursework.

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Preadmission Major Core Requirements

CPSC:209Computer Science I4
CPSC:210Computer Science II4
MATH:208Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
MATH:221Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 14
Total Hours16

This class also meets the General Education requirement for Mathematics, Statistics and Logic.

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH:222Analytic Geometry-Calculus II4
STAT:461Applied Statistics4

Natural Science

Select eight credits from among the following: 28
BIOL:111Principles of Biology I
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
GEOL:101Introductory Physical Geology
PHYS:261Physics for Life Sciences I
or PHYS:291 Elementary Classical Physics I
Total Hours8

The courses are also used to meet the General Education requirement of seven credits of Natural Science, including one lab.

Computer Science Core

CPSC:307Internet Systems Programming3
CPSC:316Data Structures3
CPSC:421Object-Oriented Programming3
CPSC:426Operating Systems3
or CPEN:325 Operating Systems Concepts
CPSC:475Database Management3
CPSC:480Software Engineering3
CPSC:490Senior Seminar in Computer Science 13
CPEN:320Computer Systems3
Total Hours27

CPSC:490 Senior Seminar in Computer Science also meets the General Education Integrated and Applied Learning (Capstone) requirement.

Computer Science Technical Electives

Select a minimum of nine credits of CPSC upper level electives9
CPSC:3xx 1
CPSC:4xx 2
Select a minimum of six additional credits of approved 300 and/or 400 electives in Computer Science or related to Computer Science from the following pre-approved list:6
CISS:204WAN Technologies 3
GEOG:405Geographic Information Systems
GEOG:407Advanced Geographic Information Systems
MATH:312Linear Algebra
MATH:410Advanced Linear Algebra
MATH:415Combinatorics & Graph Theory
MATH:427Applied Numerical Methods I
MATH:428Applied Numerical Methods II
MATH:430Numerical Solutions for Partial Differential Equations
MATH:436Mathematical Models
STAT:480Statistical Data Management
CPEN:420Computer Systems Design
CPEN:422Embedded Systems Interfacing
CPEN:427Computer Networks
CPSC:3xx 1
CPSC:4xx 2
The following course does not satisfy this requirement:
CPSC:406Introduction to C & UNIX
Total Hours15

Only 3 credits of CPSC:395 Internship in Computer Science may count toward the Computer Science electives.


CPSC:489 Topics in Computer Science may be repeated under different topics.


Students who wish to use CISS:204 WAN Technologies as a Computer Science Technical Elective must first take CISS:201 Networking Basics and CISS:202 Router and Routing Basics as prerequisites.  CISS:201 Networking Basics and CISS:202 Router and Routing Basics do not count towards the Computer Science Technical Elective credit requirement.

General Electives

An additional 22 credits of coursework is required.  Computer Science students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement while also earning a minor or certificate that fits their career goals or personal interests. 

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
MATH:208 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 4
CPSC:209 Computer Science I 4
Writing First Course 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
MATH:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
CPSC:210 Computer Science II 4
Writing Second Course 3
General Elective 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
MATH:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
CPSC:421 Object-Oriented Programming 3
CPSC:475 Database Management 3
Social Science 3 3
Speaking 3
Spring Semester
CPSC:316 Data Structures 3
CPSC:480 Software Engineering 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxComputer Science Technical Elective 3
Natural Science with lab 1 4
General Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
CPSC:307 Internet Systems Programming 3
CPEN:320 Computer Systems 3
STAT:461 Applied Statistics 4
Fine Arts 3 3
Natural Science 1 4
Spring Semester
Operating Systems
or Operating Systems Concepts
CPSC:3xx/4xxUpper Level Computer Science Elective 3
Humanities 3 3
Integrated and Applied Learning (Complex Issues Facing Society) 3
Social Science 3 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
CPSC:435 Algorithms 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxComputer Science Technical Elective 2 3
Fine Arts or Humanities 3 3
General Elective 5
Spring Semester
CPSC:490 Senior Seminar in Computer Science 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxComputer Science Technical Elective 2 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxComputer Science Technical Elective 2 3
General Elective 5
 Total Hours120

Natural Science courses must be chosen to meet Computer Science program requirements; see course listing.


Computer Science Technical Electives must include nine credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in Computer Science (CPSC) and six additional credits from approved 300- and 400-level courses; see course listing.  CPSC:406 Introduction to C & UNIX may not be used to meet this requirement.


Course may be chosen to also meet General Education Domestic Diversity and Global Diversity requirements.  Students not meeting these requirements with their Social Science and Fine Arts and Humanities courses may need additional credits to satisfy the Diversity requirements.