Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

You are the future of computer technology

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Computer scientists do not just design software for computers. They work with the software and software systems that allow day-to-day use of any computing system. Concepts and theory are the focus of this major.

With a Bachelor of Science in computer science, you will be able to design software to address real-word problems. You can focus this degree into a way to analyze data, develop software applications, or work on large and complex systems.

Program Guide

We will revise our programs to keep them as current as possible. Your advisor will go over your options if there is a change. 

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How to Apply

All students who are interested in an engineering and computer science degree should apply through the Wright State University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants should indicate their desired major on their application.

If you meet university admission requirements you are admitted to the college. Direct Admit status is only available to Direct From High School students who apply for fall admission; and have a 3.25 GPA or better and have no less than a 25 Comp ACT or 1160 SAT score. Direct Admit students are advised in the department of their major within the college.

High School classes that will help with your undergraduate degree include:

  • Mathematics: College Algebra/Trigonometry, Probability/Statistics, Geometric proofs
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other subjects utilizing the scientific method
  • English: Formal argumentation, critical thinking, clear communication of intent
  • Computer Programming

You can also check out College Credit Plus options.

Focus Areas

You are not required to do all the elective courses in your focus area. Courses marked with an astarisk are essential.


Natural Science

  • BIO 1120 Cells and Genes*
  • BIO 1150Organisms and Ecosystems*
  • CHM 1210 and 1210L General Chemistry I and Lab

Computer Science Electives

  • CS 3810 Intro to Bioinformatics*
  • CS 4850 Principles of Artificial Intelligence*
  • CS 4810 Algorithms for Bioinformatics*

General Electives

  • CHM 112 and 1120L General Chemistry II and Lab
  • BIO2110 Molecular Biology and Genetics*
  • BIO 2310 Evolution and Ecology*

Recommended General Electives

  • CHM2110 and CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry and Lab
  • BIO 2120 Cell Biology

Computational Science

  • CS/CEG Electives
  • CS 3250 Computational Data Analysis*
  • CS 3260 Numerical Methods*
  • CS 4830 Systems Simulations

General Electives

  • MTH 2350 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

Earth-Environmental Science

Natural Science

  • EES 2510 Earth Systems
  • EES 2550 Earth History

Mathematics and Science Courses – Choose an area

Exploration Seismology

  • EES 4220 and 4220L Intro to Geophysics and Lab*

Environmental Sciences

  • EES 4540 Subsurface Fluid Flow*

Geospatial Analyses

  • EES 4300 Environmental Applications of GIS*

General Electives – Continue with chosen area

Exploration Seismology

  • EES 4380 Seismic Interpretations and Lab
  • EES 4370 Seismic Processing and Lab

Environmental Sciences

  • EES 4550 Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry
  • EES 3600 Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste
  • EES 3180 Water and the Environment

Geospatial Analyses

  • EES 4290 Remote Sensing of Earth
  • EES 4340 Mapping Methods
  • GEO 4440 Advanced GIS Apps


If you choose to complete the Business Minor please apply and satisfy the requirements

Additional Core Courses

  • EC 2040 Principles of Microeconomics*

General Electives

  • ACC 2010 Accounting Principles*
  • MGT 3100 Leadership, Management and Organizational Behavior*
  • MKT 2500 Principles of Marketing*

Pick One

  • FIN 2050 Personal Financial Decision
  • FIN 2210 Financial Management

To complete a Business Minor pick one

  • ACC 2020 Accounting Principles II
  • EC 2050 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FIN 2210 Financial Management (if not picked above)
  • MS 2040 Intro to Bus Statistics
  • MS 2050 Quantitative Business Modeling
  • Or 1 3000 level course

Fast Track Program

Already have a Bachelor of Science degree, Increase your earning potential

You can streamline the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree requirements and get a second degree. It is possible to walk out with your second degree and practical experience in as few as five semesters. The department will also assist with paid internship opportunities if you have a 3.0 GPA or higher

Program pre-requisites
  • Complete or have completed Calculus I and II
  • Complete or have completed three science courses for Engineers or Science majors
  • Complete or have completed Introduction to Compute Science I (CS1180), a comparable course, or equal assessed experience.
Program Guide

*We also have a Fast Track program for our Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science.

Cost of School

There are many ways to offset the cost of your degree. With our program, you will be eligible for paid internships starting your sophomore year. There are also scholarships and other financial aid options. For more information check out the university's financial aid section.

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Objectives and Outcomes

Summer 2016 - Spring 2017
Annual Student Enrollment Graduation Data
300 53
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 Bachelors of Science 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 apply education as a lifelong process and are well prepared for continuing studies, including graduate studies.
  • Engaged: Graduates demonstrate appreciation for the professional, social, ethical and leadership roles of computing professionals.
  • Focused: Graduates have a set of software theory and development skills that emphasizes software construction, team-based project management, and experience with contemporary software development tools/paradigms.
Student Outcomes:

Students who complete the BS 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