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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.S.

Major Requirements

The B.S. in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science must satisfy the following requirements.

A grade of “C” or better is necessary for any course to be applied to the computer science major. Transfer students majoring in computer science must complete at least 18 credits in CMSC, CMPE, or ENEE courses at UMBC. Students majoring in computer science must have a grade of “B” or better in both CMSC 201  and CMSC 202  as well as completing all the prerequisites for CMSC 341  before registering for CMSC 341 .

Required Science Courses

Computer science majors must take 12 credits in science courses. Two courses must be from one of the following sequences:

Approved Science Courses:

One additional course must be another of the eight courses listed above, or a course from the list of approved science courses below. If additional credits are needed to reach 12 credits in this section, these credits can be earned either by taking additional courses from the science list below, or by taking a course from the list of approved additional math courses below.


Other science courses approved by the Computer Science Undergraduate Program director. In principle, approval will only be given to science courses designed for natural/physical science majors or engineering majors. In particular, statistics, computer science or

any of the following courses do not count toward the science requirement for computer science majors:


A current list of additional approved science and mathematics courses is available from the department.

Three Technical Electives

Chosen from previous courses listed or any other three-credit CMSC 400-level course, except CMSC 404  or CMSC 495 -CMSC 499  

Students may choose electives in this category from computer engineering courses with special permission from the CSEE department. Up to two of these courses also may be chosen from the following list of mathematics courses.


Courses cross-listed between CMSC and another designation can count toward the computer science B.S. requirement even if the other designation appears on the student’s transcript.

General Elective Credit

In addition to the requirements outlined above, students majoring in computer science are encouraged to consider taking the following courses for general elective credit: