Get in demand with an online bachelor's degree in computer science.

With a Bachelor of Science in computer science from University of Maryland University College, you'll be able to plan, design, and optimize computer software and hardware systems for commercial and government environments.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Computer Science Bachelor's Degree

In the online bachelor's program in computer science, you'll learn programming, algorithm optimization and enhancement, and the theory, science, and math behind modern computing. Specifically, you will learn about Java, C++, OpenGL, Octave, and MATLAB. Your courses will include data structures and analysis, computer systems and architecture, image and signal processing, and more.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Identify and respond to emerging technology, models, methodologies, systems, and trends in human/computer interaction, including social networking, gaming, modeling, and simulation
  • Apply logic and mathematical principles to the design, development, and verification of secure, high-performance, and reliable computing systems
  • Analyze, design, develop, and document secure technical solutions for computing systems and networking infrastructure
  • Plan, design, and optimize computing architecture, software applications, data, and systems
  • Adhere to local, national, and international technical standards, ethics, and intellectual property regulations when developing computer applications and systems
  • Analyze, compare, and contrast algorithms, programming languages, compilers, and operating systems to select or develop solutions to problems

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design, implement, test, debug, and document Java programs using development tools
  • Design and implement a "virtual" stringed musical instrument that includes data fields for notes and boolean fields to determine whether the instrument is tuned or currently playing
  • Build realistic graphical 3D worlds, animate characters, and add special effects to games using OpenGL and a programming environment
  • Create a Java programming project that uses a concurrent, secure, multi-threaded application

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • CMIS 141
  • CMIS 242
  • CMIS 310
  • SDEV 300
  • CMSC 350
  • CMSC 330
  • CMSC 335
  • CMSC 430
  • CMSC 451
  • CMSC 412
  • CMSC 405
  • CMSC 495

Electives

The bachelor's degree in computer science requires 41 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Related requirements for the major: 

  • CMSC 150
  • MATH 141


General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits) 

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course 
  • WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course  

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course  

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses 

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course 
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s) 
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course 

Math Course 

  • MATH 140
    (related requirement for the major)  

Computing Courses 

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301 
  • CMIS 102
    (related requirement; prerequisite to later course) 

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help provide you with a foundation for a career in software architecture or engineering, application software design, or systems analysis, programming, or engineering in corporate organizations and government agencies.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have previous professional programming experience or experience programming as a hobby.

Facts & Figures

Student Clubs and Organizations

Computing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Type: Honor society
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. Formed in 1967, the purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to promote the computing and information sciences and to encourage the enhancement of knowledge in the field. Upsilon Pi Epsilon is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the computing and information disciplines.