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Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science

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Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science (120 Hours)

Students may certify in the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree program in either the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Pullman), or in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Tri-Cities). Certification requirements are the same on all campuses, but the application process may vary.

Students should consult with an advisor at their campus of residence regarding readiness for certification, timing of application, and application. Students should also consult with an advisor regarding allowed course substitutions vis-à-vis the schedule of studies listed below.

Students may apply for certification into the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree program after completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher: CPT S 121, 122, and 223, or CPT S 131, 132, and 233; MATH 201, 202, 216. The MATH 171, 172 sequence may be substituted for the MATH 201, 202 sequence. Certification in more than one of the following majors is not allowed: BA Computer Science, BS Computer Science, BS Software Engineering. (See academic coordinator for details.)

Certification Guarantee: Students who have completed the courses noted above with an average GPA of at least 3.2, who have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 in the completed courses required in the major, and who have not repeated any required courses, are guaranteed certification.

No courses listed in this schedule of study may be taken on a pass/fail basis. With the exception of CPT S 488, 489, and ENGR 489 all listed E E and CPT S courses, required electives, and prerequisites to these courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. In addition to the outlined requirements, all students are expected to meet the university certification requirements—see Academic Regulation 53 in the catalog. Consult with advisor at campus of residence for alternative course sequences.
First Year
First TermHours
Arts [ARTS]3
CPT S 121 or 13114
MATH 20123
PHIL 201 [QUAN]3
Second TermHours
CPT S 122 or 13214
MATH 20223
MATH 2163
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second Year
First TermHours
CPT S 223 or 23313
CPT S 2603
Diversity [DIVR]3
Minor Elective33
STAT 2124
Second TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab44
CPT S 3553
MATH Elective23
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab44
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
CPT S 322 [M]3
Minor Electives (choose two)36
Science Elective (with lab)44
Second TermHours
300-400-level Minor Elective33
Advanced CPT S Electives (choose two)56
CPT S 3023
Science Elective43
Fourth Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Minor Elective33
Advanced CPT S Electives (choose two)56
CPT S 421 63
Humanities [HUM]3
Second TermHours
300-400-level Minor Elective33
Advanced CPT S Electives (choose two)56
CPT S 423 [CAPS]63
Complete CPT S Exit Interview and Survey

1Students may choose between a c/C++ (CPTS 121, 122, 223) path or a Java programming (CPTS 131,132, 233) path. Students should stick to one path option. The Java track is not available in Tri Cities.
2Either math sequence below will satisfy the math requirement for this degree. Sequence B will allow a broader selection of advanced computer science electives. The course work in mathematics must total at least fifteen semester hours (including MATH 216). Sequence A: MATH 201, 202, STAT 212, and a MATH elective chosen from the following list: MATH 364, 416, or STAT 412. Sequence B: MATH 171, 172, 220, and STAT 212 or STAT 360.
3Elective credits may include a minor program. Completion of a minor is strongly encouraged. If a minor in a science or engineering discipline is contemplated, Math Sequence B should be taken (see note 2).
4Science electives: A minimum of 15 credits required. Must include a year-long sequence (two semesters including a laboratory in each semester) of [BSCI], [PSCI], or [SCI] and two additional science courses, one of which must have a laboratory component. Electives include BIOLOGY 106, 107; CHEM 101, 102 or 105, 106; PHYSICS 101, 102 or 201, 202.
5Advanced CPT S Electives: 18 credits required. At least 12 credit must be in CPT S courses and include a minimum of 6 credits of 400- or 500-level courses. The remaining 6 credits may be at the 300-, 400-, or 500-level in CPT S (preferred), MATH, STAT, E E, PHYSICS or another department with the approval of the EECS advisor. Students certified at Tri-Cities must include two courses from CPT 427, 440, 442, 460, 471, and 481. A maximum of 3 credits each from CPT S 490 and 499, or 3 credits each from CPT S 488 and 499 may be selected as CPT S electives. Consult with advisor at campus of residence for course choices.
6Consult with an advisor at campus of residence for allowed substitutions.

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