2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BACS

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions

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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.