2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 29, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BACS

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Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree is an applied program where students learn how to develop software, build web sites and databases, and integrate systems to solve problems using technology.   The first two years focus on buidling a solid foundation in computer science including courses in general programming, computer organization, operating systems  and data structures.   Students may select electives from areas including cybersecurity, networking, mobile appliction development and machine learning to name a few.  


The Computer Science and Engineering Department (CSE) is nationally recognized for its high quality of education and research. Our energetic, innovative and multidisciplinary faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and innovative research programs at the leading edge of computer science and engineering. We have long standing collaborations with vibrant local, state, and national computer industries including Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Admission Requirements:

All CECS major programs require that students meet the following specifications:

  • Completion of 24 or more semester hours of college-level work
  • 2.25 cumulative GPA at Wright State and in all academic work
  • C or higher in: ENG 1100 (or any Wright State Core first-year writing course)
  • C or higher in:
    • CS 1180
  • CS 1181
  • MTH 2570 or CS 2200

Educational Objectives

  • Program educational objectives describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation.  Three to five years after matriculation, graduates of our Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science program will be:
  • Expert: Graduates of the Computer Science program are employable as computing professionals and will be recognized by their employers as well-prepared for their career in computing.
  • Adaptive: Graduates understand that education is a lifelong process and are well prepared for continuing studies.
  • Engaged: Graduates demonstrate an appreciation for the professional, social, ethical, and leadership roles of computing professionals.
  • Applied: Graduates can apply computing and software development principles to a diverse range of domains, such as analytics, data science, informatics, management, etc.

Student Outcomes

  • Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science will have:
  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  • An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

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Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 40 Hours

Mathematics: 4 Hours

Global Traditions: 6 hours


Arts/Humanities: 3 hours

Social Science: 6 hours

Natural Science: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours

II. Computer Science and Engineering Courses: 58 Hours

A. Required Computer Science Courses: 17 Hours

C. CS/CEG Electives (2000 level or higher): 24 Hours

At least 15 hours must be at the 4000 level

III. Quantitative Reasoning: 4 Hours

IV. General Electives: 18 Hours

Electives may be from any area of study approved by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

This plan outlines a four-year path to graduation. You are expected to satisfy all “success marker” courses, grades, and GPAs as specified. For part-time students and students needing to complete background material, this schedule represents the order in which courses should be taken. This suggested plan to four-year graduation does not replace regular advising appointments. Some course offerings may change.


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