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 a 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 15 hours per semester.

The benefits of Computer Science bachelor's degree include:

  • The median annual salary of $100,690 for software developers*
  • 17% projected job growth for software developers through 2024*

The advantages of pursuing a Computer Science bachelor's degree at YSU include:

  • Multiple terms throughout the year help you to start anytime to complete your degree.
  • Full-time faculty  accessibility at any time
  • Full-time faculty coverage of core courses
  • One of the lowest tuition rates in the nation
  • Gain insight into the practical issues of building systems by participating in intensive project-oriented courses.
  • Enables students to complement their formal foundation in CS with the flexibility to pursue additional studies in other disciplines.

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.

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

COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement4
MATH 1571Calculus 14
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
Arts and Humanities (1 course)3
Natural Sciences (2 courses; one course must include a lab)6-7
Social Science (2 courses)6
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
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
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 CSCI or CSIS courses. This must include at least 9 s.h. from the following courses:12
CSIS 3722: Development of Databases
CSIS 3723: Networking Concepts and Administration
CSIS 3755: Information Assurance
CSCI 3770: Survey of Programming Languages
CSCI 5840: Theory of Finite Automata
Mathematics Minor
MATH 1572Calculus 24
MATH 3720Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory3
STAT 3743Probability and Statistics4
Additional MATH course To meet 18 hour minor3-4
Free Electives Any courses to meet 120 total hours20
Total Semester Hours120-124
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
CSIS 2610 Programming and Problem-Solving 4
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
GER Social Science 3
 Semester Hours15-16
Spring
CSIS 3700 Data Structures and Objects 4
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 (minor) 4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
GER Natural Science + Lab 4
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CSIS 3701 Advanced Object-oriented Programming 3
CSIS 3740 Computer Organization 4
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics (AH) 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
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 Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CSCI 5801 Software Engineering 3
CSCI/CSIS Upper Division Elective 3
STAT 3743 Probability and Statistics 4
GER Social Science 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
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
Fall
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
 Semester Hours14
Spring
CSCI 5806 Operating Systems 3
CSCI/CSIS Upper Division Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective Any course to meet a total of 120 hours 1
 Semester Hours13
 Total Semester Hours119-120

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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.