Computer Science, Systems, BSCS

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Systems (346004BS)

More on the Computer Science, Systems major

A variant of the Bachelor of Science, Computer Science program allowing customization of the necessary courses.

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, each with a C or better:

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

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 Requirements34
Natural Science Requirement8
Preadmission Major Core Requirements16
Computer Science - Systems Core30-32
Computer Science - Systems Electives15
Additional Credits for Graduation *17-15
Total Hours120

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 Learning
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours34

General Education

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 34 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to both. 

Natural Science Requirement

Select eight credits from among the following:8
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

Preadmission Major Core Requirements

MATH:208Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
MATH:209Discrete Mathematics for Educators4
CPSC:209Computer Science I4
CPSC:210Computer Science II4
Total Hours16

Computer Science - Systems Core

MATH:222Analytic Geometry-Calculus II4
CPSC:316Data Structures3
CPSC:307Internet Systems Programming3
CPSC:421Object-Oriented Programming3
CPSC:480Software Engineering3
CPSC:490Senior Seminar in Computer Science3
STAT:401Probability and Statistics for Engineers2-4
or STAT:461 Applied Statistics
CPEN:320Computer Systems3
CPEN:325Operating Systems Concepts3
or CPSC:426 Operating Systems
Total Hours30-32

Computer Science - Systems Electives 

Select a minimum of nine credits of 3460 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
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
CPEN:465Programmable Logic
BMEN:420Biomedical Signal & Image Processing
CPSC:3xx 1
CPSC:4xx 2
The following course does not satisfy this requirement:
CPSC:406Introduction to C & UNIX
Total Hours15

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
MATH:208 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 4
CPSC:209 Computer Science I 4
Writing Requirement I 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
MATH:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
CPSC:210 Computer Science II 4
Writing Requirement II 3
General Elective 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
MATH:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
CPSC:421 Object-Oriented Programming 3
General Elective 3
Social Science Requirement 3
Speaking Requirement 3
Spring Semester
CPSC:316 Data Structures 3
CPSC:480 Software Engineering 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxUpper-Level Computer Science Elective 3
Natural Science Requirement 4
General Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
CPSC:307 Internet Systems Programming 3
Probability and Statistics for Engineers
or Applied Statistics
CPEN:320 Computer Systems 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
Natural Science Requirement 4
Spring Semester
Operating Systems
or Operating Systems Concepts
CPSC:3xx/4xxUpper Level Computer Science Elective 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
Complex Issues Requirement 3
Social Science Requirement 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
CPSC:435 Algorithms 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxUpper Level Computer Science Elective 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
Domestic Diversity Requirement 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
CPSC:490 Senior Seminar in Computer Science 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxUpper-Level Computer Science Elective 3
CPSC:3xx/4xxUpper-Level Computer Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
Global Diversity Requirement 3
 Total Hours120-122