Computer Science spans the range from theory through programming to cutting-edge development of computing solutions. Computer Science offers a foundation that permits graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas. The work of computer scientists falls into three categories:

  • designing and building software
  • developing effective ways to solve computing problems, such as storing information in databases, sending data over networks, or providing new approaches to security problems
  • devising new and better ways of using computers and addressing particular challenges in areas such as robotics, computer vision, or digital forensics

Like most Computer Science programs, the YSU Computer Science major requires significant mathematical background.

The Computer Science program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science. The flexibility of the program allows the student many choices including a second minor. 

This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester.

Learning Outcomes

Computer science students in the BS degree program will:

  •  be able to analyze, design, implement and test computer programs by using the appropriate data structures and algorithms.
  •  obtain full-time employment as programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists and in other closely related fields or/and acceptance to graduate programs.
  • communicate effectively with written reports and presentations.

In addition to completing all general University requirements, students wishing to receive the Bachelor of Science in computer science must complete the following:

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies9
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement Included in Math minor
University general education requirements in essential skills and knowledge domains.28
Arts and Humanities
Introduction to Professional Ethics
Natural Sciences
Social Science
Social and Personal Awareness
General Education Elective
Major Requirements
CSIS 2610Programming and Problem-Solving4
CSIS 3700Data Structures and Objects4
CSIS 3701Advanced Object-oriented Programming3
CSIS 3740Computer Organization4
CSCI 3710Introduction to Discrete Structures3
CSCI 5806Operating Systems3
CSCI 5801Software Engineering3
or CSCI 5814 Computer Architecture
CSCI 5870Data Structures and Algorithms3
CSCI 4890Computer Projects (at least 2 s.h.)2
ENGL 3743Professional and Technical Writing3
Select at least 12 additional semester hours from the approved list available in the department office. 12
Mathematics Minor
MATH 1571Calculus 14
MATH 1572Calculus 24
MATH 3720Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory3
STAT 3743Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 3760 Numerical Analysis 1
Additional MATH course To meet 18 hour minor4
Free Electives Any courses to meet 120 total hours21
Total Semester Hours120
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
CSIS 2610 Programming and Problem-Solving 4
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
GER Natural Science + Lab 4
 Semester Hours15
CSIS 3700 Data Structures and Objects 4
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 (minor) 4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 2
CSIS 3701 Advanced Object-oriented Programming 3
CSIS 3740 Computer Organization 4
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics (AH) 3
GER Social Science 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
CSCI 3710 Introduction to Discrete Structures 3
MATH 3720 Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory 3
ENGL 3743 Professional and Technical Writing 3
GER Social Science 3
GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
CSCI 5801 Software Engineering 3
CSCI/CSIS Upper Division Elective 3
STAT 3743
Probability and Statistics
or Numerical Analysis 1
GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
CSCI/CSIS Upper Division Elective 3
CSCI/CSIS Upper Division Elective 3
Math Minor Upper Division Elective 3
GER Natural Science 3
GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
CSCI 5870 Data Structures and Algorithms 3
CSCI 4890 Computer Projects 2
Math Minor Upper Division Elective 3
GER NS, AH, SS, or SPA 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective Any course to meet a total of 120 hours 1
 Semester Hours15
CSCI 5806 Operating Systems 3
CSCI/CSIS Upper Division Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120

Request a Graduation Evaluation after completing 80-85 s.h. from the STEM Advising Center, 2325 Moser Hall, (330) 941-2512.