The following requirements are effective for students starting the degree in Fall 2020 or later.

Students who started the degree before Fall 2020 should see the curriculum guide for their specific requirement term (term they entered the major).

Sample 4-Year Curriculum

CS Requirements | Mathematics Requirements | Natural Science Requirements | Logic & Ethics | Humanities, Social Sciences & Writing Requirements | Additional Policies & Requirements

Computer Science

Students must complete the Foundation, Core, Capstone as well as Computer Science electives to make the 58 required hours. All CSCI course prerequisites are enforced; see the course catalog for details.

All of the following courses are required (grade of C- or better):
  • CSCI 1000-1, Computer Science as a Field of Work and Study
  • CSCI 1300-4, Computer Science 1: Starting Computing (or equivalent)
  • CSCI 2270-4, Computer Science 2: Data Structures
  • CSCI 2400-4, Computer Systems
  • CSCI 3104-4, Algorithms
  • CSCI 3155-4, Principles of Programming Languages
  • CSCI 3308-3, Software Development Methods and Tools

Six of the following courses are required (grade of C- or better):
  • CSCI 3002-4, Fundamentals of Human Computer Interaction
  • CSCI 3202-3, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCI 3287-3, Design & Analysis of Data Systems
  • CSCI 3302-3, Introduction to Robotics
  • CSCI 3403-4, Introduction to CyberSecurity for a Converged World
  • CSCI 3434-3, Theory of Computation
  • CSCI 3656-3, Numerical Computation, or APPM 4650-3 Intermediate Numerical Analysis 1, or MCEN 3030-3 Computational Methods (only one of these will count as Computer Science credit)
  • CSCI 3753-4, Design & Analysis of Operating Systems
  • CSCI 4022-3, Advanced Data Science
  • CSCI 4273-3, Network Systems
  • CSCI 4448-3, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

Additional courses from the Computer Science Core list or the list below to bring the total number of computer science credit hours to 58 or more.
  • CSCI 3010-3, Programming Project Workshop
  • CSCI 3022-3, Introduction to Data Science with Probability and Statistics (can count for probability/statistics requirement OR CS elective credit, but not both)
  • CSCI 3090-3, Introduction to Quantum Computing
  • CSCI 3112-1, Human-Centered Computing Professional Development
  • CSCI 3352-3, Biological Networks
  • CSCI 3702-3, Cognitive Science
  • CSCI 3832-3, Natural Language Processing
  • CSCI 4113-3, Linux System Administration (previously offered as TLEN 5842; only one of these will count)
  • CSCI 4114-3, Practical Algorithmic Complexity
  • CSCI 4122-3, Information Visualization
  • CSCI 4229-3, Computer Graphics
  • CSCI 4239-3, Advanced Computer Graphics
  • CSCI 4253-3, Datacenter Scale Computing
  • CSCI 4302-3, Advanced Robotics
  • CSCI 4314-3, Dynamic Models in Biology
  • CSCI 4413-3, Computer Security & Ethical Hacking
  • CSCI 4446-3, Chaotic Dynamics
  • CSCI 4502-3, Data Mining
  • CSCI 4555-3, Compiler Construction
  • CSCI 4576-4, High-Performance Scientific Computing
  • CSCI 4593-3, Computer Organization
  • CSCI 4622-3, Machine Learning
  • CSCI 4753-3, Computer Performance Modeling
  • CSCI 4802-1, Data Science Team Companion Course (can count up to 3 credits)
  • CSCI 4809-3, Computer Animation
  • CSCI 4830-3, Special Topics in Computer Science (up to 9 credit hours total from 4830/4831 combined can count toward CS electives)
  • CSCI 4831-3, Special Topics in Algorithms (up to 9 credit hours total from 4830/4831 combined can count toward CS electives)
  • CSCI 4849-3, Input, Interaction, and Accessibility
  • CSCI 4889-3, Interactive Machine Learning for Customizable and Expressive Interfaces
  • CSCI 4900-3, Upper Division, Undergraduate Independent Study
  • APPM 4120/MATH 4120-3, Introduction to Operations Research
  • APPM 4370-3, Computational Neuroscience
  • ATLS 4120-3, Mobile Application Development (formerly offered as ATLS 4519 Special Topics: Mobile App Dev; only one of these will count toward the CSEN-BS) 
  • ATLS 4214-3, Big Data Architecture (formerly offered as CSCI 4830 Special Topics: Big Data or ATLS 4519 Special Topics: Big Data; only one of these will count toward the CSEN-BS)
  • ATLS 4320-3, Mobile Application Development: Advanced Topics (formerly offered as ATLS 4519 Special Topics: Adv Mobile App Development; only one of these will count toward the CSEN-BS)
  • ECEN 2350-3, Digital Logic
  • ECEN 4133-3, Fundamentals of Computer Security
  • ECEN 4313-3, Concurrent Programming
  • INFO 3504-3, Problems in Information Science: Digital Identity
  • INFO 4602-3, Mastery in Information Science: Information Visualization
  • INFO 4604-3, Applied Machine Learning
  • INFO 4609-3, Mastery in Information Science: User-Centered Design
  • INFO 4611-3, Mastery in Information Science: Ubiquitous Computer Experience Design
  • MATH 4440-3, Mathematics of Coding and Cryptography
  • MCDB 4520-3, Bioinformatics & Genomics

One of the following options is required (grade of C- or better required for each class):

Software Engineering Project (two semesters: beginning fall, ending spring)

  • CSCI 4308-4, Software Engineering Project 1 and 
  • CSCI 4318-4, Software Engineering Project 2

This sequence must be taken contiguously and may not be taken before the senior year. Prerequisites for Senior Project include the successful completion of the college writing requirement, as well as the Computer Science Foundation (24 credit hours) plus Computer Science Core and Elective courses to reach a minimum of 36 Computer Science credit hours.  

Entrepreneurial Project (two semesters: beginning fall, ending spring)

  • CSCI 4348-4, Startup Essentials: Entrepreneurial Projects 1 and 
  • CSCI 4358-4, Entrepreneurial Projects 2

This sequence must be taken contiguously and may not be taken before the senior year. Prerequisites for Senior Project include the successful completion of the college writing requirement, as well as the Computer Science Foundation (24 credit hours) plus Computer Science Core and Elective courses to reach a minimum of 36 Computer Science credit hours.  

Senior Thesis (two semesters: beginning fall, ending spring)

  • CSCI 4950-4, Senior Thesis
  • CSCI 4950-4, Senior Thesis
  • CSCI 3100-1 Software and Society

Senior Thesis may not be taken before the senior year. Minimum GPA 3.0 required. Prerequisites for Senior Thesis include the successful completion of the college writing requirement, as well as the Computer Science Foundation (24 credit hours) plus Computer Science Core and Elective courses to reach a minimum of 36 Computer Science credit hours. See Senior Thesis for more information.

Mathematics

Courses in the following four categories are required. 

Must take both courses:
  • APPM 1350-4, Calculus 1 for Engineers or MATH 1300-5, Calculus 1
  • APPM 1360-4, Calculus 2 for Engineers or MATH 2300-5, Calculus 2

Take one of the following courses:
  • CSCI 2824-3, Discrete Structures
  • ECEN 2703-3, Discrete Mathematics for Computer Engineers
  • APPM 3170-3, Discrete Applied Mathematics

Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to course prerequisites as listed in the course catalog. Some courses on this approved list may have prerequisites that are not otherwise required for the computer science major.

Take one of the following courses:
  • CSCI 2820-3, Linear Algebra with CS Applications
  • MATH 2130-3, Intro to Linear Algebra.
  • APPM 3310-3, Matrix Methods and Applications.

Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to course prerequisites as listed in the course catalog. Some courses on this approved list may have prerequisites that are not otherwise required for the computer science major.

Take one of the following courses:
  • APPM 3570-3, Applied Probability
  • APPM 4570-3, Statistical Methods
  • CHEN 3010-3, Applied Data Analysis
  • CSCI 3022-3, Introduction to Data Science with Probability and Statistics (can count for probability/statistics requirement OR CS elective, but not both)
  • CVEN 3227-3, Probability, Statistics and Decision
  • ECEN 3810-3, Introduction to Probability Theory.
  • ECON 3818-3, Introduction to Statistics w/ Computer Applications
  • MATH 3510-3, Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 4510-3, Introduction to Probability Theory
  • STAT 3100-3, Applied Probability
  • STAT 4000-3, Statistical Methods and Application I
  • Other probability/statistics courses if approved by an undergraduate advisor.

Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to course prerequisites as listed in the course catalog. Some courses on this approved list may have prerequisites that are not otherwise required for the computer science major.

Natural Science

A total of at least 17 credit hours of Natural Science is required. 

Your 17 hours must include:
  • PHYS1110-4 General Physics 1 (Calculus-based) REQUIRED, grade of C- or better
  • Complete one of the following sequences:
    • PHYS 1120-4, General Physics 2 and PHYS 1140-1, Experimental Physics 1
    • CHEN 1201-4, General Chemistry for Engineers 1 and CHEM 1114-1, Laboratory in General Chemistry 1
    • CHEM 1113-4, General Chemistry 1 and CHEM 1114-1, Laboratory in General Chemistry 1 (Major restrictions may be enforced by Chemistry department.)
    • EBIO 1210-3 General Biology 1 and EBIO 1230-1 General Biology Laboratory 1
    • MCDB 1150-3 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology, and either:
      • MCDB 1161-2 From Dirt to DNA: Phage Genomics Laboratory I, or
      • MCDB 1171-2 Drug Discovery Through Hands-on Screens I
  • Complete 8 or more additional hours of acceptable Natural Science electives to make the required 17 hours. Do not repeat any course(s) completed from the above science sequences. 
    • ASTR 1010-4, Introductory Astronomy 1
    • ASTR 1020-4, Introductory Astronomy 2
    • ASTR 2030-3, Black Holes
    • ASTR 2040-3, The Search for Life in the Universe
    • ATOC 1050-3, Weather and the Atmosphere
    • ATOC 1060-3, Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate
    • ATOC 1070-1, Weather and the Atmosphere Laboratory
    • CHEN 1211-4, General Chemistry for Engineers —OR— CHEM 1113-4, General Chemistry 1
    • CHEM 1221-1, Engineering General Chemistry Lab —OR— CHEM 1114-1, Laboratory in General Chemistry 1
    • CHEM 1133-4, General Chemistry 2
    • CHEM 1134-1, Laboratory in General Chemistry 2
    • COEN 3210-3, Climate Change and Engineering
    • EBIO 1030-3, Biology: A Human Approach 1
    • EBIO 1040-3, Biology: A Human Approach 2
    • EBIO 1210-3, General Biology 1
    • EBIO 1220-3, General Biology 2
    • EBIO 1230-1, General Biology Laboratory 1
    • EBIO 1240-1, General Biology Laboratory 2
    • GEOG 1001-4, Environmental Systems 1—Climate and Vegetation
    • GEOG 1011-4, Environmental Systems: Landscapes and Water
    • GEOL 1010-3, Introduction to Geology
    • GEOL 1020-3, Introduction to Earth History
    • GEOL 1030-1, Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1
    • GEOL 1150-3, Water, Engergy and Environment: An Introduction to Earth Resources
    • MCDB 1150-3, Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • MCDB 1161-2 From Dirt to DNA: Phage Genomics Laboratory I
    • MCDB 1171-2 Drug Discovery Through Hands-on Screens I
    • PHYS 1120-4, General Physics 2
    • PHYS 1140-1, Experimental Physics 1
    • PHYS 2130-3, General Physics 3 -OR- PHYS 2170-3, Foundations of Modern Physics
    • PHYS 2150-1, Experimental Physics 2
    • PSYC 2012-3, Biological Psychology

Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to course prerequisites as listed in the course catalog. Some courses on this approved list may have prerequisites that are not otherwise required for the computer science major.  

A grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses to take the subsequent course.

Students may petition to count courses not on the above list as natural science elective credit.

Logic and Ethics

A total of at least 6 credit hours of Logic and Ethics is required.

Select one of the following options (3 credits):
  • PHIL 1440-3, Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2440-3, Symbolic Logic

Select one of the following options (3 credits):
  • CSCI 2750-3, Computing, Ethics and Society
  • INFO 4601-3, Information Ethics and Policy
  • PHIL 1100-3, Ethics
  • PHIL 1200-3, Philosophy and Society
  • PHIL 2160-3, Ethics and Information Technology
  • EHON 1151-3, Critical Encounters

Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to course prerequisites as listed in the course catalog. Some courses on this approved list may have restrictions or prerequisites that are not otherwise required for the computer science major.

Humanities, Social Science and Writing

A total of at least 18 credit hours of approved coursework in the Humanities and Social Sciences is required.

  • Approved writing (3 credits):
    • HUEN 1010-3, Introduction to the Humanities (first-year freshmen only)
    • HUEN 3100-3, Humanities for Engineers 1
    • PHYS 3050-3, Writing in Physics: Problem-Solving and Rhetoric
    • WRTG 3030-3, Writing on Science and Society
    • WRTG 3035-3, Technical Communication and Design
    • other writing courses as approved by the Undergraduate Education Council
  • At least six of the remaining 15 credit hours must be at the upper-division level, i.e. numbered 3000 or above. Upper-division writing does not count towards this 6 credits of upper division coursework. See the College of Engineering and Applied Science H/SS requirements for a list of approved courses and more details.

Additional Policies & Requirements

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. Students take “free electives” to reach the required minimum 128 total credits. All courses are considered acceptable free electives; however, co-op work experience does not count towards these 128 hours, nor does any other work experience.

Students need to have the following grade point averages:
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.25 or better in all courses taken at CU for Computer Science requirements.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.25 or better in all courses attempted at CU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.25 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 Computer Science Core and the Computer Science Capstone.
  • 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 acceptable to fulfill a degree requirement.
  • A student may not enroll more than three times in a course that applies towards degree requirements; furthermore, after the third attempt, a student may not substitute an equivalent course. See the Academic Policies page from the College of Engineering and Applied Science for more detail.
  • 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 Academic Policies page.

  • The last 45 credit hours toward the degree must be earned on the Boulder campus after admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
    • Study abroad courses through a CU Boulder-approved study abroad program are considered resident courses.
  • In addition, the courses used to fulfill the Senior Capstone requirement in Computer Science must be taken on the Boulder campus.

Students must take care of any MAPS deficiencies. Please see the Undergraduate Admissions MAPS page for further information.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science requires that you apply for graduation by going to Buff Portal the semester ahead of the semester you plan to graduate. check with your undergraduate advisor to see if you have completed the degree requirements.