B.S. Degree Requirements

2014/2015 Course Requirements 

Required courses must be taken in four major areas:

Additional requirements:

*Please refer to the Curricula Guides for Prior academic year degree plans.  Current students can also refer to degree audits found by going to the student portal or consult with the undergraduate advisor.

Note that while a particular course may possibly be used to satisfy any one of a number of these course requirements, a single course can be used to satisfy only one such requirement.

 Computer Science

All students must complete the Computer Science Foundation courses, the courses required for one Computer Science Track, and Computer Science Electives. All CSCI course prerequisites are enforced.

Computer Science Foundation

All of the following courses are required:

Note: CSCI 4593-3, Computer Organization, may be taken in place of CSCI 2400.

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Computer Science Tracks

Computer Science is an exceptionally broad discipline, but it is also a discipline with many opportunities for specialization. Tracks help students focus their coursework and interests on coherent areas of specialization.

The requirements of at least one of the following Computer Science Tracks must be met. Each track requires completion of a Track Foundation, a Track Core and a Track Capstone. Some tracks may have additional requirements.

Computer Science Electives

Additional approved upper-division Computer Science courses to bring the total number of all credit hours taken to satisfy the Computer Science Foundation, Track Foundation, Track Core, Track Capstone and Computer Science Electives to 58 or more. Approved courses include

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Senior Capstone

One of the following options is required:

Senior Project (two semesters, beginning fall, ending spring)

This sequence must be taken contiguously and may not be taken before the senior year. Prerequisites for Senior Project include the successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of Computer Science Foundation, Track Foundation, Track Core and Computer Science Electives.  The Networked Devices and Systems track has it's own NDS Senior Capstone.

Senior Thesis (two semesters)

Senior Thesis may not be taken before the senior year. Prerequisites for Senior Thesis include the successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of Computer Science Foundation, Track Foundation, Track Core and Computer Science Electives. See Senior Thesis for more information.

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Mathematics

Courses in the following 4 categories are required:

Calculus, both of the following courses:

Transfer students may substitute non-engineering Calculus 1 and 2 taken before the student's transfer into the College of Engineering and Applied Science for APPM 1350 and APPM 1360. The number of credit hours that count towards the graduation requirements is limited to 4 for each semester of calculus.

Linear Algebra, one of the following courses:

Course Prerequisites:  Calc I, II:

Course Prerequisites:  Calc I, II and III:

Probability or Statistics, one of the following courses:

Course Prerequisites:  Calc I, II:

  • APPM 4570-3, Statistical Methods.
  • CVEN 3227-3, Probability, Statistics and Decision.
  • Any probability or statistics course with a prerequisite of Calculus 1 and 2, if approved by an undergraduate advisor.

Course Prerequisites:  Calc I, II as well as additional prereqs (click on course for prereqs):

Discrete Mathematics, one of the following courses:

Course Prerequisites:  Calc I, II:

Course Prerequisites:  Calc I, II as well as additional prereqs (click on course for prereqs):

Natural Science

A total of at least 17 credit hours of Natural Science is required which must include:

Humanities and Social Sciences and Writing

 A total of at least 24 credit hours of approved coursework in the Humanities and Social Sciences is required:

  • All courses must meet the following criteria:
  • Courses must include one of the following:
    • WRTG 3030-3, Writing on Science and Society.
    • WRTG 3035-3, Technical Communication and Design.
    • HUEN 1010-3, Introduction to the Humanities.
      ... only if taken during Fall 2011 or later by students matriculating at CU-Boulder in Fall 2011 or later.
    • HUEN 3100-3, Humanities for Engineers 1.
    • PHYS 3050-3, Writing in Physics: Problem-Solving and Rhetoric.
    • other writing courses as approved by the Undergraduate Education Council.
  • At least six of the remaining 21 credit hours must be at the upper-division undergraduate level or above, i.e. numbered 3000 or above. Upper-division writing does not count towards this 6 credits of upper division coursework.

Credit Hours and Free Elective Credit

Satisfying all the other course requirements as described above typically adds up to a minimum of 116 credit hours, the exact number depending on specific courses selected and/or transfer credit. This typically leaves around 12 hours for "free electives". Students may take:

  • Any acceptable courses, bringing the total credit hours up to 128 or more.

All courses are considered "acceptable" except as noted in the following list:

  • Co-op work experience does not count towards these 128 hours, nor does any other work experience.

Minimum Grades

Students need to have the following grade point averages:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.25 (C) or better in all CSCI courses taken at CU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.25 (C) or better in all courses attempted at CU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.25 (C) or better in all CU courses used to satisfy graduation requirements.

Students need to have the following grades in individual courses:

  • A grade of C- or better is required in each Computer Science Foundation course, as well as in each course used to satisfy the Track Foundation and Track Core.
  • A grade of C- or better is needed in all prerequisite courses to take a subsequent course.
  • The minimum passing grade for a course that is considered a prerequisite for another required course is C-. If a grade of D+ or lower is received in a course which is prerequisite to another, the student is required to repeat the course until the minimum acceptable course grade has been earned. If a student takes the advanced course, it does not remove the obligation to repeat the prerequisite course, even if the grade earned in the advanced course is a C- or above.
  • In general, aside from the above restrictions, any passing grade, i.e., a D- or better, is good enough to fulfill a degree requirement.
  • A student is not permitted to enroll in a course offered by the College when that course has not been successfully completed in three prior attempts.
  • The Department allows courses counting as free electives to be taken Pass/Fail. Students must petition the Department to take a course Pass/Fail. The College of Engineering and Applied Science has further restrictions on taking a course Pass/Fail. These restrictions are outlined in the College's Grading Policies.

Residency

  • The last 45 credit hours must be earned on the Boulder campus after admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • In addition, unless otherwise explicitly approved, these courses must be taken on the Boulder campus:
    • all Computer Science Foundation courses
    • all courses used to satisfy the Track Foundation
    • all courses used to satisfy the Track Core
    • the Track Capstone

Courses for which transfer credit has been explicitly approved are not required to meet the residency requirement.

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Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)

Students must take care of any MAPS (Minimum Academic Preparation Standards) deficiencies. Please see Undergraduate Admissions Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) for further information.

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Senior Exit Exam

Students may be required to participate in a "Senior Exit Exam" prior to graduation. The purpose of the exam is to provide a statistical evaluation of the knowledge and skills acquired in the degree program by the group of graduating seniors. Performance on the exam does not enter into a student's record and does not affect a student's graduation as long as the student does make a good faith effort on the exam. The exam is typically taken during the spring semester of the student's Track Capstone, independently of when a student actually plans to graduate.

Departmental Questionnaire

Students may be required to participate in a Departmental Questionnaire prior to graduation. The purpose of this questionnaire is for the department to collect feedback from its graduating students. The questionnaire is typically given at the same time as the Senior Exit Exam.

Applying for Graduation

The College of Engineering and Applied Science requires that students apply for graduation by going to the student portal the semester ahead of the semester you plan to graduate. See the undergraduate advisor to see if you have completed the degree requirements.

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Petitions

Students may at times have legitimate reasons to deviate from these degree requirements. A student may request changes to his or her degree requirements by submitting a completed College of Engineering and Applied Science College Petition to undergraduate advisor. The petition must have appropriate approval for the requested changes to take effect.

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