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.
- Graduates apply the computational and analytical approaches of computer science to their chosen professions.
- Graduates 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.
- Graduates exhibit high professional ethical standards to become productive leaders in society.
(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)
- Graduates will apply analytical and critical thinking principles of both computer engineering and computer science to their chosen professions.
- Graduates will 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.
- Graduates will exhibit high professional and ethical standards to become productive leaders in society.
(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)
BS in Computer Science and Business Administration (CSBA)
ABET does not currently provide an accreditation option for the Computer Science/Business program.
Minor in Computer Science
For more information visit the minor program requirements.