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Computer science degree requirements

The Computer Science program focuses on the design of computers, computational processes for problem solving, and information transfer and transformation with an emphasis in improving software and system quality, security, performance and usability. The program supports the evolution of the computing and informatics disciplines, and the integration of computer and information sciences with engineering, science and other disciplines.

Critical requirements

Arizona State University has adopted an 8 semester tracking model, which monitors completion of “critical” lower division and “necessary” upper division courses specific to each degree. This set of courses was designed to serve as predictors of academic success in the degree program. The lower division “critical” courses are shaded grey on the flowcharts and indicated on the major map. Upper division “necessary” courses are indicated with stars on the major maps. All courses listed on both the major map and the flowchart are required.

University policy allows students to retake a course one time. Students who are not successful in passing a course after a second attempt will be asked to identify a new major. SCAI Advising will only entertain third time repeat petitions for students with extenuating circumstances. Please see your academic advisor if you have questions related to 8 semester tracking or course third time repeats.

**Students are subject to any individual course prerequisite changes despite their catalog year.

A message from our program chair

Based on feedback from our alumni and industrial advisory board members as well as feedback provided by some of you either directly to the Program Chair or through end-of-semester course evaluations, we are make following changes to ensure that you have better support for junior and senior year classes. This is in line with our constant endeavor to improve your educational experience at ASU and to make sure you get the best education in our Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering programs.

 Computer science curriculum updates

  1. Fall 2021 CSE 485: Capstone I prerequisite update: Starting fall 2021 Prereqs w/min C: Comp Sci BS; CSE 301; CSE 330; CSE 340; CSE 355; CSE 360; ENG 101, 105 or 107; senior or postbacc OR Informatics BS; CPI 350; CSE 463; ENG 101, 105 or 107; Credit allowed for CPI 485 or CSE 423 or CSE 485. Students graduating spring 2022 will not be held to the new prerequisite of CSE 301 and may request an override through https://fultonapps.asu.edu/override/

Humanities and social behavioral university general studies requirements

HU/SB Guidelines (15 semester hours or five 3-semester hour classes)

One Class Upper Division (HU or SB) – 3 semester hours ~ MUST BE TAKEN AT A 4-YEAR INSTITUTION

  • Two Classes HU (Humanities) – 6 semester hours minimum
  • Two Classes SB (Social Behavioral) – 6 semester hours minimum

Within these five classes, select courses that include three awareness areas: cultural, global, and historical. No one class contains more than two awareness areas and this requirement must be met with two classes minimum. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

Example:

At least one Upper Division (HU or SB) – 3 semester hours

  •  REL 321 (Religion in America) – Humanities (HU) plus cultural diversity and historical awareness
  •  Two Classes HU (Humanities) – 6 semester hours minimum
  1. CON 101 (Construction and Culture: A Built Environment) – Humanities (HU) plus global and historical
  2. PHI 101 (Introduction to Philosophy) – Humanities (HU)
  • Two Classes SB (Social Behavioral) – 6 semester hours minimum
  1. ECN 211 – Macroeconomics – Social Behavioral (SB)
  2. PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology) – Social Behavioral (SB)

Math requirements

Computer Science (CS) is a math intensive major. It requires the following courses:

MAT 265, MAT 266, MAT 243, MAT 343, IEE 380 as well as MAT 267 OR CSE 294/259 Logic for Computer Science

CS students are recommended to take the CSE 294 or CSE 259 Logic for Computer Science course in place of MAT 267 to better assist with their upper level programming courses.

Lab science requirements

Computer Science (CS) majors have a specific set of Lab Science course requirements for degree compliance. Follow the guidelines below for your respective degree program.

2022 and later requirements:

12 semester hours are required for the degree

Must take 8 hours (SQ) from the same subject area or discipline
and 4 hours (SQ) from a different subject area

2021 and earlier requirements:

12 semester hours are required for the degree

Eight (8) semester hours must be from the same subject area (or discipline). Four (4) semester hours can be from any of the remaining Lab Science Course Options.
Lab Science Sequence Courses – (8 hours)
Must take two classes from 1 subject area.
1. Biology (BIO181 and BIO182)
2. Chemistry (CHM113 and CHM116)
3. Geology (GLG101 and GLG103; GLG102 and GLG104)*
4. Physics (PHY 121 and PHY122; PHY131 and PHY132)*
Lab Science Course Option– (4 hours)
Remaining 4 hours (select one that was not part of Lab Science Sequence)
BIO 181, GLG 101 and GLG103 OR GLG 102 and GLG104 OR GLG 110 and GLG 111 OR CHM 113, CHM 114* OR PHY 121 and PHY122

*Please note that GLG 110 and 111 and CHM 114 can only be used for individual lab science requirement and cannot be used as part of the GLG of CHM sequence)

**Both PHY and GLG separate their lectures and labs individual classes but both parts, the 3 credit lecture and 1 credit lab are required to make a 4 credit lab science class.

Technical electives

Computer Science students are required to complete 6 hours of upper division technical electives with a grade of “C” or better. Students can choose from the list of courses below. Please note that some courses may require additional prerequisites and approvals to register. Students can contact their advisor for details on how to request overrides for non-SCAI classes.

  • Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) – Any CSE 400 Level Courses,  CSE 320, 325, 335, 365 (Fall 2017 and earlier students ONLY)
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS) – 415
  • Computing & Informatics (CPI) – 311, 350, 360, 411, 460, 462
  • Arts, Media, and Engineering (AME) – 430, 435
  • Biochemistry (BCH) – 361, 461, 462
  • Biomedical Engineering (BME) – 350, 413, 416, 494
  • Biology (BIO) – 340, 343, 345
  • Chemical Engineering (CHE) – 342, 432, 442, 461, 462, 469, 475
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) – 412, 432, 440, 441, 452, 462, 466, 467, 474, 475, 481, 483, 486
  • Data Science (DAT) – 300, 301, 401, 402 (Either DAT 402 or CSE 475 can count towards major requirements but not both}
  • Electrical Engineering (EEE) – 302, 304, 333, 335, 350, 360, 404, 405, 407, 425, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 439, 443, 445, 448, 455, 459, 460, 463, 470, 471, 473, 480, 481
  • Fulton School of Engineering (FSE) – 301, 404 (Limit of three hours for FSE 301 or CSE 484 Internship-Students cannot double count both courses for their degree)
  • Industrial Engineering (IEE) – 376, 381, 385, 412, 426, 431, 456, 458, 461, 470, 474, 475
  • Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) – 335, 415
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) – 341, 351, 404, 417, 436, 447, 455
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MEE) – 434, 446
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (AEE) -415, 426, 462, 463, 465, 468, 471
  • Mathematics (MAT) – All Math 300 and 400 level classes except for MAT 300, 340, 342, 343, 485
  • Physics (PHY) – 302, 361, 462, 494: Computational Methods in Physics
  • Software Engineering (SER) – 421, 422, 423
  • Statistics & Probability (STP) – 421, 425, 427, 429
  • Other majors Honors thesis considered on a case by case basis- see advisor for details