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The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science is a multidisciplinary program that integrates a curriculum of computer science courses with other areas of study. The program provides a foundation in the computer science discipline and encourages students to integrate different perspectives in order to formulate new ideas and solutions for today’s computing challenges.

The degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours.  Students are required to attain a second major or a minor in another content area.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline
  3. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline
  4. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions
  5. Respond to complex problems, issues and ideas by proposing new ideas or solutions that understand and integrate the perspectives of multiple disciplines and stakeholders