Computer Science - Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
For information, contact the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering 205 Benton Hall, 513-529-0340, e-mail cseAdvising@MiamiOH.edu, or visit http://cse.MiamiOH.edu.
If you want to change the world and you like to think analytically and solve problems, and have an aptitude for mathematics, then consider a major in computer science. Innovations such as the internet, mobile and web applications, video games, machine learning, and artificial intelligence all owe their foundations to developments in computer science.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science provides students with an understanding of the key principles and practices of computing and includes a focus in a second area through the completion of a minor, a co-major, or a second major outside of Computer Science to create powerful combinations of expertise. In either the BS or BA degree program, you will study programming languages, algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems, and applications of computer science such as networks, security, virtual reality, and the ethical and social implications of computer technology.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor’s job outlook for computer science graduates is excellent, and the number of positions is expected to increase by 25% between 2021 and 2031. 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 software developers were $120,730 in May 2021. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, starting offers for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science average more than $72,000.
Graduates from Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering programs may work as software engineers, consultants, programmers, network systems analysts, computer scientists, systems programmers, network administrators, or database administrators. The minor or second major completed as part of the Bachelor of Arts program can open additional possibilities when you graduate.
Understanding the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree options
When deciding between a BA or a BS degree in Computer Science, begin by thinking about your interests:
- Do you have an interest in another subject area that you would like to pursue alongside majoring in Computer Science? If so, then consider the Bachelor of Arts degree. This degree requires a minor or second major outside of Computer Science and Software Engineering. This allows you to learn about business, the arts, education, science, or some other field of interest to you. It also gives you more flexible science options.
- Would you like to take additional computer science electives, and strengthen your mathematics, statistics, and science knowledge? If so, then the Bachelor of Science degree might be your best bet. It includes 3 additional Computer Science electives (so, 7 electives in all), 3 additional electives in mathematics and/or statistics, and 2 science courses that are designed for science majors.
- What if you are not sure? No problem: the requirements look the same for roughly the first two years. An advisor from our department can help you plan your courses in a way that keeps your options open in case you would like to switch.
Students may not double major in both the BS and BA in Computer Science. The minor or additional major taken to meet BA degree requirements must be outside the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. At least nine credit hours taken to meet the requirements for the minor be unique, additional credit hours beyond the requirements of the BA in Computer Science degree. Students who double major must take a minimum of 15 unique, additional credit hours in their second major beyond the requirements of the first major. There are no other restrictions on the discipline on which the minor may focus.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates from the Computer Science program are expected to attain or achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within a few years of graduation:
- Develop in their chosen profession and/or progress toward an advanced degree
- Provide innovative solutions using technical skills in their discipline
- Communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, and work collaboratively in diverse teams/organizations
- Act responsibly and ethically in their profession and as informed citizens
- Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
- Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
- Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
- Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
- Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
- Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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.
All courses in mathematics, statistics and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC, CSE, CPB, ECE, EGM, MME) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major must be taken for a grade.
DOUBLE MAJORS: Students with two majors in the College of Engineering and Computing must take a minimum of 15 different/additional credit hours in their second major beyond the requirements of their first major.
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 http://cse.MiamiOH.edu.
|STC 135||Principles of Public Speaking||3|
|Mathematics and Statistics|
|MTH 151||Calculus I||4|
|MTH 231||Elements of Discrete Mathematics||3|
|or MTH 331||Proof: Introduction to Higher Mathematics|
|or STA 301||Applied Statistics|
|or ECE 345||Introduction to Probability, Statistics, and Random Processes|
|Minor, second major, or co-major outside of the CSE department||18-30|
|Computer Science Core|
|CSE 174||Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving||3|
|CYB 134||Introduction to Cybersecurity||3|
|CEC 111||Imagination, Ingenuity and Impact I||2|
|CEC 112||Imagination, Ingenuity, and Impact II||2|
|CSE 201||Introduction to Software Engineering||3|
|CSE 271||Object-Oriented Programming||3|
|CSE 274||Data Abstraction and Data Structures||3|
|CSE 278||Systems I: Introduction to Systems Programming||3|
|CSE 374||Algorithms I||3|
|CSE 381||Systems 2: OS, Concurrency, Virtualization, and Security||3|
|CSE 383||Web Application Programming||3|
|CSE 448||Senior Design Project||2|
|CSE 449||Senior Design Project||1-2|
|CSE 465||Comparative Programming Languages||3|
|CSE Electives (4 courses)||12|
|9-12 hours of computer science electives|
|Mobile App Development|
|Foundations of Computer Graphics and Games|
|Game Design and Implementation|
|Software Quality Assurance and Testing|
|High Performance Computing & Parallel Programming|
|Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures|
|Bioinformatics Computing Skills|
|Computer and Network Security|
|Special Topics in CSE|
|Automata, Formal Languages, and Computability|
|Advanced Database Systems|
|Introduction to Artificial Intelligence|
|Image Processing & Computer Vision|
|Advanced Graphics and Game Engine Design|
|Computer Network Design and Administration|
|0-3 hours of affiliate electives|
|Software Engineering for User Interface and User Experience Design|
|Technology, Ethics, and Global Society|
|Software Architecture and Design|
|Introduction to Model-Driven Software Engineering|
|System Administration and Scripting for Cybersecurity|
|Digital Systems Design|
|Embedded Systems Design|
|Network Performance Analysis|
|Emerging Technology Practicum|
|Business Intelligence and Data Visualization|
|Managing Big Data|
|Introduction to Data Mining in Business|
|0-3 hours of research electives|
|Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program|
|Total Credit Hours||80-94|