Computer Science, BS

Offered in: Chicago

The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology offers three majors in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Data Analytics. Courses are also provided for computer literacy. All courses presented for the major and minor must be approved in accordance with approved curriculum check sheets and must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. A minimum of 15 credit hours of CST coursework must be completed at Roosevelt University.

Because of the rapidly changing nature of this field of study, computing courses taken more than eight years ago cannot be counted towards degree requirements unless the student has been continuously registered since the time the course was taken (excluding summers). A double major among any of the CST majors is not offered because of the aligned nature of these degree programs. For additional information, please view the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology website.

The Computer Science program follows the traditional computer science curriculum with its emphasis on mathematics and computing systems theory. It prepares students to pursue careers in highly technical areas such as systems programming and software engineering, or to go on to pursue graduate degrees in computer science.

At least 30 credit hours of credit must be taken at Roosevelt University, with at least 15 of these in the computer science major; at most 60 credit hours may be taken at the 100 level. At least 69 credit hours must be in non-computing courses. Students planning to pursue an MS in computer science should take MATH 231 CALCULUS I, MATH 245 DISCRETE STRUCTURES, andMATH 246 LINEAR ALGEBRA, as well as CST 280 INTRODUCTION TO ALGORITHMS in their curriculum.

Requirements

The final 30 credit hours of the degree must be taken at Roosevelt University. At least 15 credit hours of credit in the computer science major must also be taken at Roosevelt. At most 60 credit hours may be taken at the 100 level. At least 63 credit hours must be in non-computing courses. A minor in mathematics is required.

Further requirements for the BS Degree:

  • at least 60 credit hours in the computer sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and/or psychology;
  • a supporting sequence of 15 credit  hours in one second science discipline (biology, chemistry, computer science, data analytics, mathematics, physical science, physics, or psychology), excluding MATH 115 QUANTITATIVE & SPATIAL REASONING or lower; CST 115 DIGITAL MEDIACRAFT, A&S or lower; PHSC 102 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY II or lower
Core
CST 150COMPUTER SCIENCE I4
CST 250COMPUTER SCIENCE II4
CST 280INTRODUCTION TO ALGORITHMS3
CST 311ANALYSIS OF REAL WORLD NETWORKS3
CST 317OPERATING SYSTEMS3
CST 333DATABASE SYSTEMS3
CST 370SOFTWARE ENGINEERING I3
CST 372PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES3
Select one of the following:3
THEORY OF COMPUTATION
EFFICIENT COMPUTING
ALGORITHM DESIGN
Electives
Three 300+ level CST courses9
Project-Based Course
Select one of the following:3
DATA MINING
DISTRIBUTED APPLICATIONS
SENIOR PROJECT
BIG DATA
O.O.P AND WEB SERVICES
NETWORK APPLICATIONS PROGRAM
WEB-BASE DATABASE APPLICATIONS
3XX
Other Prorgramming Course
Required Math Courses
MATH 217ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3
MATH 245DISCRETE STRUCTURES3
MATH 246LINEAR ALGEBRA3
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12070
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)