Jul 22, 2024  
2022-2023 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 a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

University Graduation Requirements

Computer Science Degree Requirements - Total 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal 36-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

(See note 1 below)

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: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements.

Major Requirements - BS in Computer Science - Subtotal: 79 Credits

General Electives - Credits: 0-5

 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.


1. EGG 101  in combination with EGG 202 , preferred for First-Year Seminar.

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