Jun 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 

Computer Science Major (BS)

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Computer Science Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Please see the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Department of  Computer Science web page at www.cs.unlv.edu  for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bs-computer-science.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Advising Center at www.engineering.unlv.edu/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Program - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology www.abet.org

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze problems and identify the computing and/or mathematical techniques appropriate to their solutions
  2. Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems
  3. Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems
  4. Use current tools or techniques to implement and evaluate programs or computer-based systems
  5. Function effectively on a team to accomplish a common goal
  6.  Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  7. Understand the professional, ethical, legal, and security impacts of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  8. Appreciate an application area of computing and recognize the need to engage in continuing professional development

University Graduation Requirements

Computer Science Degree Requirements - Total 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal 36-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Credits: 4

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 18

 Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts:9 credits
  • Social Science: 9 credits 
    • One course each from three different fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Major Requirements - BS in Computer Science - Subtotal: 80 Credits

Electives - Credits: 4

 Free electives to ensure that minimum total credits are 120.

Total Credits: 120

Optional Concentration Areas

 Students who complete either the BS or the BA program in Computer Science may also pursue one of the following concentration areas by completing the listed courses with grades of B- or better:

Information Assurance Concentration

Information Assurance - Total Credits: 12

and one of the following:

Completion of one of these concentration area will result in the awarding of a certificate to the student by the Department of Computer Science.

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