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B.S. Program

There has never been a more exciting time to study computer science and we have four degree programs and a minor to help students explore all this dynamic and challenging discipline has to offer.  Undergraduate students can choose from a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in any of the following: Computer Science; Computer Engineering & Computer Science, Computer Science (Games); or Computer Science and Business Administration.

If you already have a major we invite you to take a look at our Computer Science minor, which will provide fundamental programming skills and technical knowledge that is increasingly in demand - regardless of your primary field of interest.

BS in Computer Science (CSCI)

The Computer Science major at USC provides a well-rounded Computer Science education. It leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in the Viterbi School of Engineering.
 
Degree Requirements: USC Catalogue
 
The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Criteria (CAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
 
Program Educational Objectives
 

Graduates of the undergraduate program in Computer Science are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years of graduation:

  1. Apply the computational and analytical approaches of computer science to their chosen professions.
  2. Successfully engage in life-long learning to continue to be contributing members of their communities in fields within and outside the traditional scope of computer science.
  3. Exhibit high professional ethical standards to become productive leaders in society.
     

 Student Outcomes

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
(e) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
(g) An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
(h) Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
(j) An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of compute r-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
(k) An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
  

BS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS)

The Computer Engineering and Computer Science major at USC provides an equal balance of hardware and software courses. It leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in the Viterbi School of Engineering.
 
Degree Requirements: USC Catalogue
 
The Computer Engineering/Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Criteria (CAC) and the Engineering Accreditation Criteria (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
 
Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the undergraduate program in Computer Engineering and Computer Science are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years of graduation:

  1. Apply analytical and critical thinking principles of both computer engineering and computer science to their chosen professions.
  2. Successfully engage in life-long learning to continue to be contributing members of their communities in fields within and outside the traditional scope of computer engineering.
  3. Exhibit high professional and ethical standards to become productive leaders in society.
     

Student Outcomes

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) An ability to communicate effectively
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
 

BS in Computer Science (Games) 

The goal of the BS in Computer Science (Games) program is to graduate students with a solid grounding in computer science and a cross-disciplinary background in game development.
 
Degree Requirements:  USC Catalogue
 
There is currently no ABET accreditation criteria for Computer Science/Games programs.
 
 

BS in Computer Science and Business Administration (CSBA) 

The combined Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science / Business Administration offers qualified students the opportunity to gain an educational foundation in both areas. Students must meet the admission requirements for both the Computer Science department and the Marshall School of Business. The degree is administered by the Computer Science department. 
 
Degree Requirements:  USC Catalogue
 
There is currently no ABET accreditation criteria for Computer Science/Business programs.
  
 

Minor in Computer Science

For more information click here.
 

Undergraduate Transition Plan

There have been significant changes to the curriculum of all four degree programs effective Fall 2014. However, please note that these are the requirements for new students, beginning at USC in Fall 2014 or later.

If you are a CSCI, CECS, CSGM, CSBA student who started at USC before 2014, you are still allowed to follow the requirements outlined in your original catalogue year as reflected on your STARS report.

For a summary of the changes and your options for each degree program please see the Undergraduate Transition Plan [PDF].
 

Program Completion Data

USC Viterbi School of Engineering ABET Accredited Bachelor of Science in: Total Number of Students Graduating from this Program in Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013 Program Enrollment in Spring 2014
Computer Engineering and Computer Science 20 168
Computer Science 30 220