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Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

 Bachelor of Science

The computer scientist is a professional who must be prepared to apply his or her skills, knowledge and creativity in a rapidly changing field. The bachelor of science in computer science at CU Denver prepares students for such creative work. The emphasis is on fundamental concepts and basic principles with a long useful life.

The Computer Science Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Program Educational Objectives (PEO) of the undergraduate computer science program are to produce graduates who:

  • Advance professionally as productive, practicing professionals in computer science and related careers through the continued development of their expertise and skills;
  • Further develop their knowledge, skill set, and career opportunities through graduate education and/or professional studies.
  • Function effectively as a part of a team to succeed in their professional careers.

Skills attained by the graduates of the CS program: Student Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate computer science students at CU Denver can tailor their degree to specific interests and goals. Students are exposed to the breadth of the field, including machine learning and data science, computer graphics and game design, programming, software engineering, systems, scientific computing, secure computing, theory, and cyber physical systems.

In their senior year students will tackle complex problems and design a software engineering project for an industry partner or research area.

Effective fall 2019, to earn a bachelor of science in computer science, students must complete 128 credit hours including:

  • 24 credits in CU Denver core curriculum coursework
  • 22 credit hours of required mathematics and basic science courses
  • 46 credit hours in computer science and computer science systems core courses
  • 21 credit hours in computer science breadth courses
  • 15 credit hours in computer science technical electives 

See the Computer Science BS Degree Map for more information and a sample academic plan of study.

Computer Science Bachelor of Science Handbooks:

Bachelor's degree admissions requirements

The required minimum number of semester hours for the bachelor of science degree is 128. You must satisfactorily complete all the course work in the curriculum shown below, satisfy all the graduation requirements and maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in all courses.

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better.