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.

Sample 4-Year Curriculum

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

Computer Science

All of the following courses are required:
  • 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:
  • CSCI 3002-3, Human-Centered Computing Foundations/User-Centered Design & Development
  • CSCI 3010-3, Programming Project Workshop
  • CSCI 3202-3, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCI 3287-3, Design & Analysis of Data Systems
  • CSCI 3302-3, Introduction to Robotics
  • CSCI 3434-3, Theory of Computation
  • CSCI 3656-3, Numerical Computation or APPM 4650, Intermediate Numerical Analysis 1 (only one of these will count towards the CSEN-BS)
  • CSCI 3702-3, Cognitive Science
  • CSCI 3753-4, Design & Analysis of Operating Systems
  • CSCI 3832-3, Machine Translation
  • CSCI 4229-3, Computer Graphics
  • CSCI 4239-3, Advanced Computer Graphics
  • CSCI 4253-3, Datacenter Scale Computing
  • CSCI 4273-3, Network Systems
  • CSCI 4302-3, Advanced Robotics
  • CSCI 4314-3, Algorithms for Molecular Biology
  • CSCI 4413-3, Computer Security & Ethical Hacking
  • CSCI 4446-3, Chaotic Dynamics
  • CSCI 4448-3, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • CSCI 4502-3, Data Mining
  • CSCI 4555-3, Compiler Construction
  • CSCI 4576-4, High-Performance Scientific Computing 1
  • CSCI 4586-4, High-Performance Scientific Computing 2
  • CSCI 4593-3, Computer Organization
  • CSCI 4753-3, Computer Performance Modeling
  • CSCI 4809-3, Computer Animation
  • ECEN 2350-3, Digital Logic
  • TLEN 5842-3, Linux Systems Administration (formerly CSCI 4113 or TLEN 5833 Topics; only one of these will count toward the CSEN-BS)

Additional courses from the CS Core list or the list below to bring the total number of computer science credit hours to 58 or more.
  • CSCI 3112-1, Human-Centered Computing Professional Development
  • CSCI 3022-3, Data Science Algorithms (can count for probability/statistics requirement OR CS elective credit, but not both)
  • CSCI 4802, Data Science Team Companion Course (up to 3 credits)
  • CSCI 4810-1, Seminar in Computational Biology
  • CSCI 4830-3, Special Topics in Computer Science
  • CSCI 4831-3, Special Topics in Algorithms
  • CSCI 4900-3, Upper Division, Undergraduate Independent Study
  • APPM 4120/MATH 4120-3, Introduction to Operations Research
  • 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 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 4611-3, Mastery in Information Science: Ubiquitous Computer Experience Design
  • MCDB 4520-3, Bioinformatics & Genomics

One of the following options is required:

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. 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 4570-3, Statistical Methods
  • CSCI 3022-3, Data Science Algorithms (can count for probability/statistics requirement OR CS elective, but not both)
  • APPM 3570-3, Applied Probability
  • APPM 4520-3, Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • CVEN 3227-3, Probability, Statistics and Decision
  • MATH 3510-3, Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 4510-3, Introduction to Probability Theory
  • ECEN 3810-3, Introduction to Probability Theory.
  • ECON 3818-3, Introduction to Statistics w/ Computer Applications
  • MCEN 4120-3, Engineering Statistics
  • 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
  • Complete one of the following sequences:
    • PHYS 1120-4, General Physics 2 and PHYS 1140-1, Experimental Physics 1
    • CHEN 1211-4, General Chemistry for Engineers and CHEM 1221-1, Engineering General Chemistry lab
    • CHEM 1113-4, General Chemistry 1 and CHEM 1114-1, Laboratory in General Chemistry 1 (Major restrictions may be enforced by Chemistry department.)
  • Complete at least 8 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 1030-4, Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1
    • ASTR 1040-4, Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 2
    • ATOC 1050-3, Weather and the Atmosphere
    • ATOC 1060-3, Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate
    • 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
    • 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
    • GEOL 1010-3, Introduction to Geology
    • GEOL 1020-3, Introduction to Earth History
    • MCDB 1150-3, Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • PHYS 1120-4, General Physics 2
    • PHYS 1140-1, Experimental Physics 1
    • 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.

Humanities, Social Science and Writing

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

  • Three credits of approved writing:
    • WRTG 3030-3, Writing on Science and Society
    • WRTG 3035-3, Technical Communication and Design
    • 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
    • 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. 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 (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 Computer Science 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 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 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 Computer Science Core
    • the Senior Capstone

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

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 MyCUInfo the semester ahead of the semester you plan to graduate. check with your undergraduate advisor to see if you have completed the degree requirements.