Curriculum - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


Individual courses are the building blocks of each degree program. Course requirements are structured to ensure that student study encompasses a broad range of topics and approaches, with an appropriate balance maintained among the three curricular components that comprise a liberal arts education: General Education, The Major, and Electives. The three components are described below:

General Education

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must complete the following 11 courses to fulfill the General Education requirements. To see the full list of general education courses required, please visit the catalog or the General Education Requirement, course catalog.

Major Courses Required

Course Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits
UNIV 1001
Online Education Strategies

This course will serve as preparation for students to make a successful journey into the online learning environment with University of the People. It will introduce students to the University of the People’s resources available to them, to the academic methods, and to the policies and expectations for student performance. Further, it will provide an overview of strategies for student success including time and stress management, effective study skills, and personal ownership of the learning process.

None 3
MATH 1201
College Algebra (proctored course)

This course provides a solid grounding in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry in preparation for further mathematical studies. The course includes an extensive study of linear, quadratic, and rational functions. It also contains an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions and circles. Finally, the topic of systems of linear equations is covered.

None 3
MATH 1280
Introduction to Statistics (proctored course)

This course presents students with basic concepts in statistics and probability and encourages statistical thinking. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete and continuous random variables, the sampling distribution and the Central Limit Theorem. The R statistical programming environment is used for computation, graphical presentation, and simulations.

None 3
ENGL 1102
English Composition 2 (proctored course)

This course is designed to foster skills in critical reading and thinking, and in the production and evaluation of purposeful academic writing. Students are introduced to literary genres, rhetorical patterns in writing, and the use and citation of research sources. They gain practice in clear, effective writing, with an emphasis on the academic research paper and its components. By the end of the course students will produce a paper of collegiate quality.

None 3
CS 1101
Programming Fundamentals

This course covers the basics of computer programming and provides a foundation for further learning in this area. No previous computer programming knowledge is required to finish this course. The course uses the Python programming language which is very simple and straightforward. The course also covers abstract concepts which can be applied to almost any programming language, and students are encouraged to pay attention to these, since the way of thinking like a programmer is the most valuable lesson they will learn.

None 3
CS 1102
Programming 1

This introductory course teaches the fundamental concepts of programming languages by use of the popular Java language. The topics cover fundamental principles of programming, including data types, program control and decisions, loops, string manipulations, procedures, arrays, software testing, and debugging.

CS 1101 3
CS 1103
Programming 2

This course builds on the Introduction to Programming 1 course and teaches a more highly developed Java programming language with features beyond the basic concepts covered in the first programming course. A large part of the course will be devoted to more advanced building blocks such as recursion, linked data structures, and Java’s Collection Framework. In addition to this, students learn about designing and coding complex, robust, and efficient programs, and are introduced to a professional programming tool: the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment.

CS 1102 3
CS 1104
Computer Systems

This course is an introduction to computer systems. In this course we will begin by exploring the internal design and functionality of the most basic computer components. From there, we will use an online hardware simulator to actually “build” a computer and develop an assembler from the ground using concepts we will learn in the class. In the process, we will cover the ideas and techniques used in the design of modern computer hardware and is cuss major trade – offs involved in system design as well as future trends in computer architecture and how those trends might affect tomorrow’s computers.

CS 1103 3
CS 2203
Databases 1

This course introduces the fundamental concepts necessary for designing, using and implementing database systems. We stress the fundamentals of database modeling and design, relational theory, and the Structured Query Language.

CS 1102 3
CS 2204
Communications and Networking

This course will introduce the basic concepts of communication networks, including the OSI model and different types of communication protocols, including the Internet Protocol TCP/IP protocol). The course will also cover the key concepts and structures of the Internet. Throughout the course, we will mainly be focusing on the two most prevalent reference models of network definition, OSI and TCP/IP.

CS 1104 3
CS 2205
Web Programming 1 (proctored course)

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts and issues surrounding software development for programs that operate on the web and the internet such as static and dynamic content, dynamically served content, web development processes, and security.

CS 1103 3
CS 2301
Operating Systems 1 (proctored course)

This course provides an applied introduction to commercial operating systems. It is intended or intermediate students who have basic programming skills. Key concepts of computer systems and operating systems are introduced, as well as the communications and linkages associated with computer systems. Operating systems that are introduced include Microsoft Windows and UNIX/Linux.

CS 1103 3
CS 2401
Software Engineering 1

This course focuses on the engineering process requirements, including identification of stakeholders, requirements elicitation techniques such as interviews and prototyping, analysis fundamentals, requirements specification, and validation. Course topics will include the use of models (State-oriented, Function-oriented, and Object-oriented), documentation or Software Requirements (Informal, semi-formal, and formal representations), structural, informational, and behavioral requirements; non-functional requirements, and the use of requirements repositories to manage and track requirements through the life cycle.

CS 1103 3
CS 3303
Data Structures (proctored course)

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of data structures and the algorithms that proceed from them. Although this course has a greater focus on theory than application, the assignments, examples, and cases introduced throughout the course help to bridge the gap between theoretical concepts and real world problem solving. We will be using a software tool that will enhance our understanding of the operation and function of the data structures and algorithms explored throughout the course by visually animating examples of data structures and algorithms so that we can understand their operation. Key topics within this course will include recursion, fundamental data structures (including stacks, queues, linked lists, hash tables, tress, and graphs), and the basics of algorithmic analysis.

CS 1103 3
CS 3305
Web Programming 2 (proctored course)

This course builds on the concepts and issues discussed in Web Programming 1 surrounding software development for programs that operate on the web and the Internet. Existing and emerging web development topics to be covered include web applications, web services, enterprise web development, markup languages, and server-side programming.

CS 2205 3
CS 3306
Databases 2 (proctored course)

This course will cover server database management, configuration and administration, security mechanisms, backup and recovery, transact SQL Programming, and an introduction to database web-application development.

CS 2203 3
CS 3307
Operating Systems 2 (proctored course)

This course builds on principles learned in Operating Systems 1 to approach complex computer operating system topics such as networks, parallel computing, remote procedure call, concurrency, transactions, shared memory, message passing, scale, naming, and security.

CS 2301 3
CS 4402
Comparative Programming Languages

This course focuses on the organization of programming languages, emphasizing language design concepts and semantics. This course will explore the study of language features and major programming paradigms, with a special emphasis on functional programming.

CS 1103 3
CS 4407
Data Mining and Machine Learning (proctored course)

This course presents an introduction to current concepts in machine learning, knowledge discovery, and data mining. Approaches to the analysis of learning algorithm performance will also be discussed and applied.

CS 3303 3
MATH 1302
Discrete Mathematics

This course is primarily intended for students majoring in Computer Science. The emphasis will be on the development of technical discrete mathematics skills, rather than rigorous proof. Topics will include number systems, sets, logic, induction, elementary counting techniques, relations, functions, matrices, and Boolean algebra.

None 3
MATH 1211

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the core concepts of differential calculus, covering a wide range of topics. Content includes both applications and theory of differential calculus leading to an introduction of The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Learners will continue to refine independent study skills, problem solving, logically correct and mathematically precise writing and thinking, and their ability to use geometric, symbolic and analytic formats in presenting solutions to both abstract and real world applications.

MATH 1201 3

General Education Requirements

Course Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits

Philosophy, History, Law/politics, Classics, Literature, Linguistics/languages (not including ESL), Religion, Anthropology

None 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Psychology, Sociology, Communication studies, Education (depending on the course), Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Demography, Behavioral Neuroscience/ cognitive science

None 6
Natural Science and Technology

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Computer science, Earth Science, Engineering, Anatomy/physiology, Anthropology (physical or biological), Geography (Physical or Biological)

None 3
Civilization Studies, Culture and Belief

World Civilization, History of Civilization, Regional Civilization (US, Asian, African, European civilization courses), Culture, Beliefs

None 3
Values and Ethical Reasoning

Ethics (General or philosophical) not including professional ethical courses like Law, Medical, Engineering ethics

None 3
Different Disciplinary Elective

Any course outside the student’s field of study

None 3

Any college level course

None 33


Regarding the General Education Requirements, each of the sections can be fulfilled by any course that is closely related to the discipline. While the 33 credits required for the Elective section can be fulfilled by summing courses from any discipline.



Other Electives

Students pursuing a bachelor of Science degree may choose additional elective
courses beyond those specified in the General Education requirements, and/or select introductory
courses in other majors and/or take additional courses in a student’s major that may not be required
for the degree.