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Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (Vancouver Only)

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Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (Vancouver Only) (120 Hours)

Each May the computer science faculty will examine the available capacity in the program and determine the number of new students to be certified for the fall semester. Similarly, the faculty will determine in September the number of additional students to be certified for the spring semester. Students must be certified computer science majors, or minors, to enroll in 300 or 400 level computer science courses. Certification is required by WSU prior to the granting of a baccalaureate degree.

Minimum qualifications for certification in computer science are:
  1. Completion of MATH 171, 172, CS 121, 122, 166, 224, 260, 261, and PHYSICS 201, or their equivalents, with a grade of C or better.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
  3. Students must be in good academic standing when they apply for certification with a 2.0 GPA or better in their prior semester’s coursework.

Students applying for certification for the fall semester must submit all necessary transcripts, along with their application for certification, by July 1st. Students applying for certification in the spring semester must submit their application (and necessary transcripts) by November 1st. Applicants will be notified of the decision by July 15th for fall semester applicants, or by November 15th for spring applicants.

If the number of applications for certification exceeds the program’s capacity, the following criteria will be used to select the applicants to be certified:
  1. GPA earned in the courses required for certification
  2. Overall GPA

Students who meet the minimum qualifications for certification, but are denied certification, may appeal the decision. The appeal should describe any special circumstances to be considered. A faculty committee will consider the appeal - the circumstances described, trends in the student’s grades and course load - and make a final decision regarding certification. The appeal must be submitted within 2 weeks of the notification described above. Appeals will be considered and final decisions made by August 1st and January 1st for the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Previously-certified students who become academically deficient under WSU’s academic regulations are subject to decertification.

No courses listed in this schedule of studies may be taken on a pass/fail basis. All listed computer science courses, and their prerequisites, must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Certification Guarantee: Students who have completed the certification 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.
First Year
First TermHours
CS 1214
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermHours
CS 1224
CS 1663
MATH 1724
Second Year
First TermHours
CS 2233
CS 2603
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
MATH 2732
Second TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab4
CS 2243
CS 2613
MATH 2202
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
CS 3173
CS 320 [M]3
CS Option Course13
STAT 3603
Second TermHours
CS 3513
CS 3553
CS 3604
CS Option Course13
Diversity [DIVR]3
Fourth Year
First TermHours
Arts [ARTS]3
CS 420 [CAPS] [M] 3
CS 4503
CS Option Courses16
Second TermHours
CS 402 [M]3
CS 4213
CS 4273
CS 4603
CS Option Courses13

1CS Option Courses: 15 credit hours of option area courses are required for completion of the degree program. The option courses must be chosen from 300-400-level CS courses and may also include up to 6 hours from the following list: MATH 315, 320, 325, 364, 420, 448, 453, 466, ECE 324, 366, and 424. Other computer science-related courses may be substituted, as approved by the department.

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