Computer Science- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

For information, contact the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering 205 Benton Hall, 513-529-0340, or visit

This program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

If you want to change the world and you like to think analytically and solve problems, enjoy mathematics, and are interested in working with computers and technology, consider a major in computer science. Innovations such as the Internet, smart phone apps, websites like Facebook, and online shopping all owe their foundations to developments in computer science. The computer science major at Miami provides you with a thorough understanding of the key principles and practices of computing as well as the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin them. You will study programming languages, algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems, and applications of computer science such as computer networks, computer security, computer games, and the ethical and social implications of computer technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor job outlook for computer science graduates is excellent. Jobs are expected to grow 24% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than average for all occupations. This employment growth is due to the demand for increasing efficiency in network technology, computing speeds, software performance, and embedded systems. The median annual earnings for computer specialists ranges from $74,000 to $105,000. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, starting offers for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science averaged $61,407.

Upon entering this program, you should have an interest in analytical thinking and problem solving, an aptitude for mathematics, and an interest in working with computers and technology. A high school background in computers is not necessary to major in computer science because the program includes introductory courses needed for the major.

Graduates typically work as software engineers, consultants, programmers, network systems analysts, computer scientists, systems programmers, network administrators, or database administrators. Other graduates continue their education in graduate school or start their own businesses.

Program Educational Objectives

The Miami Plan forms the foundation of liberal education at Miami University. This plan is guided by four principles:

  • critical thinking
  • understanding of contexts
  • engaging with other learners, and
  • reflection and action.

Our program emphasizes critical thinking by promoting the scientific principles, analysis techniques, and design methodologies that form the basis for critical thinking in computer science. We promote understanding of the social context and broader impacts of technology, which is necessary for leadership and for integration of computing into business. By requiring students to engage with other learners, we develop their abilities to communicate clearly, and work in teams responsibly. This pattern of deep reflection, broad understanding, and engagement with others is transformed into action through coursework that emphasizes a mixture of theoretical foundations and hands-on application.

Depth. Computer Science graduates will have a sufficient understanding of the field of computer science including scientific principles, analysis techniques, and design methodologies to:

  • Be successfully employed, pursue a graduate degree, or continue their professional education

Breadth. Computer Science graduates will have a broad liberal education enabling them to:

  • Demonstrate adaptability or leadership by, for example, being promoted, moving up to a better job, or by taking a leadership role in a team.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the context and broader impacts of technology in their organization by, for example, engaging stakeholders outside their immediate team, or by identifying ethical, economic, cultural, legal or environmental issues related to work projects.

Professionalism. Computer Science graduates will be prepared for modern work environments, where they will:

  • Apply their skills in clear communication, responsible teamwork, and time management by, for example, managing a team or project, working on multidisciplinary project teams, or communicating with external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes and ethics by, for example, assisting colleagues in professional development (e.g. mentoring), engaging in continuing education or training, participating in professional societies, engaging in service to the community, or contributing to an employer’s efforts to comply with software licensing, protect privacy, or assure quality and safety.

To help to achieve the educational objectives, all computing and engineering programs offered by the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) have outcomes, are designed to prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives and to connect with the student outcomes defined by the Computing Accreditation Committee of ABET,

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Student Outcomes

CS.1: Explain and apply the key facts, concepts, principles, and theories of computer science;

CS.2: Analyze problems, and select and apply appropriate techniques from computer science and mathematics to solve them;

CS.3: Effectively use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice;

CS.4: Design, implement, and test software systems of varying complexity that meet desired needs;

CS.5: Think critically in evaluating information and solving problems;

CS.6: Work effectively as a member or leader in a team;

CS.7: Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;

CS.8: Communicate technical information effectively, both orally and in writing;

CS.9: Recognize the social, professional, cultural, and ethical issues involved in the use of computer technology and give them due consideration in decision making;

CS.10: Learn independently through the use of research papers, technical documents and tutorials.

Departmental Honors

If you excel in your studies, you may qualify for the University Honors Program or the program for Honors in Computer Science and Software Engineering. As a senior in these programs, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the faculty on research projects of interest.

Credit/No-Credit Policy

All courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, CSE, ECE, EGM, MME, CEC) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a grade.

Graduate Study

The department offers a combined bachelor's/master's degree program that allows students to complete bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science in an accelerated manner. Students are eligible to apply for this program in their junior year. Please contact the CSE department office for more information.

Additional information is available from the CSE department office and website

Program Requirements: Computer Science

(128 semester hours minimum)

Core Requirements
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
ENG 313Technical Writing3
STC 135Principles of Public Speaking3
or STC 231 Small Group Communication
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 231Elements of Discrete Mathematics3
or MTH 331 Proof: Introduction to Higher Mathematics
MTH 251Calculus II4-5
or MTH 249 Calculus II
STA 301Applied Statistics3
or STA 401/STA 501 Probability
Select one of the following science sequences:12-13
Sequence A: Physics
General Physics with Laboratory I
and General Physics with Laboratory II
Select three additional hours of Global Miami Plan Biological Science
Sequence B: Chemistry
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Select three additional hours of Global Miami Plan Biological Science
Sequence C: Biology
Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity
and Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology
Select at least four additional hours of Natural Science including three hours of Global Miami Plan Physical Science
Computer Science Core 1
CEC 101Computing, Engineering & Society1
CSE 102Introduction to Computing and Engineering3
CSE 174Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving3
CSE 201Introduction to Software Engineering3
CSE 262Technology, Ethics, and Global Society3
CSE 271Object-Oriented Programming3
CSE 274Data Abstraction and Data Structures3
CSE 278Computer Architecture3
or ECE 289 Computer Organization
CSE 283Data Communication and Networks3
CSE 381Operating Systems3
CSE 385Database Systems3
CSE 448Senior Design Project 22
CSE 449Senior Design Project 22
CSE 464/CSE 564Algorithms3
CSE 465/CSE 565Comparative Programming Languages3
CSE 486/CSE 586Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
CSE Electives (a total of 15 hours are required)15
Select 9 to 15 hours of computer science electives:
Foundations of Computer Graphics and Games
Client Server Programming
Introduction to Computer Graphics
Advanced Graphics and Game Engine Design
High Performance Computing & Parallel Programming
Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures
Computer and Network Security
Special Topics In CSE
Automata, Formal Languages, and Computability
Compiler Design
Advanced Database Systems
Game Design and Implementation
Select 0 to 6 hours of affiliate electives:
Software Construction
Software Engineering for User Interface and User Experience Design
Computational Modeling and Simulation
Special Topics
Optimization Modeling
Software Architecture and Design
Software Quality Assurance and Testing
Software Requirements
Stochastic Modeling
Digital Systems Design
Embedded Systems Design
Network Performance Analysis
Select 0 to 3 hours of research electives:
Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program (requires petition)
Special Problems (honors Program)
Undergraduate Research
Total Credit Hours95-97

Computer science majors are required to take at least 30 hours of mathematics, statistics, and natural science courses. Mathematics courses must be selected from courses at or beyond MTH 151.


IMS 440/IMS 540 may be substituted for CSE 448/CSE 449, but only with prior approval from the CSE Department. See your CSE academic advisor before enrolling.

Note: Students must earn a minimum of 128 credit hours to graduate. Additional free elective hours may need to be taken.