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Computer Science B.S. (Purdue degree)

Offered by: Department of Computer & Information Science A computer science degree is not about mastering the latest software or the trendiest technology. It’s about graduating with knowledge and skills that you can build on for the rest of your life.

Why choose this program?

The use of computer systems is pervasive in society, creating an on-going demand for people who can provide the technical knowledge to support an array of systems and applications. Computer scientist and computer and information systems manager positions are expected to exponentially grow through 2018. Sophisticated and complex technology is being implemented across all organizations, and maintaining the computer network is essential to almost every organization.

The Department believes that students should know what knowledge, skills, and abilities they should be expected to demonstrate upon completing the Bachelor of Science program. To this end, the student learning outcomes to be obtained are available here.

From day one in computer science, you’ll receive the personal attention and support you need to be successful. Full-time faculty, not graduate students, will teach all your required courses, and even your introductory classes will usually have fewer than 50 students. Your advanced classes will have just 10-15 students, and you’ll work closely with your professors. The department maintains a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.

All students, including undergraduates, are exposed to research opportunities. Students at all levels often work one-on-one with talented senior faculty to conduct research and expand knowledge in the discipline.

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What will you learn?

A computer science degree is not about mastering the latest software or the trendiest technology. It’s about graduating with knowledge and skills that you can build on for the rest of your life.

The science of computing is investigated from complex mathematical algorithms, through mnemonic code, translated to binary base and realized in real-world applications. In the Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI, applications of computer science range from biological and life sciences to software development—involving every aspect of life from homeland security to archiving cultural heritage. Here, you’ll develop and use innovative problem solving techniques to tackle the toughest technology challenges.

Our graduates enter the workplace armed with the technical proficiency, project management skills, communication expertise and high-level skills needed to develop working solutions for computing challenges into the future.

What will you do?

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. In fact, by 2018 almost 75% of new science and engineering jobs will be in computer science.

With a degree in computer science from IUPUI, you’ll be prepared for these jobs and for lifetime of interesting and important work. From medicine and industry to the arts, you’ll know how to collaborate with the best minds and how to turn theory into reality. And because you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the fundamentals that underlie all computer technology, you will also be ready to adapt to changes in the marketplace. 

Learn more facts and stats about our computer science graduates.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree program in computer science requires a minimum of 124 credit hours. Students completing the undergraduate degree in computer and information science will have acquired a fundamental understanding of computing, information processing, and information communication.

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

Capstone Experience

The senior capstone provides students with an excellent opportunity to complete their academics through large team projects, research or internships. These hands-on experiences cultivate technical expertise, utilization of analytical thinking, quantitative reasoning, project management skills, and communication skills.


What's the difference between a B.A. and a B.S.?

Degree Requirements

  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science generally requires more science hours while the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computer Science offers a broader-based education with more required humanities and liberal arts courses.
  • Details of all degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.
  • The curriculum for the the BS differs from the BA program in a number of substantial ways:
  B.A. B.S.

Math 15300 (Algebra And Trig I), Math 15400 (Algebra And Trig II),Stat 30100 (Intro. Statistics)

Math 16500 (Calculus I),  Math 16600 (Calculus II),  Math 17100 (Multidimensional), Math 35100 or 51100 (Linear Algebra), Stat 35100 (Statistics) or Stat 41600 (Probability) or Stat 51100 (Statistical Methods)
Science 4 science courses from approved list, including one laboratory course 4 science courses from approved list, including Phys 15200 (Mechanics) and at least one laboratory course
Foreign Language 10 cr. hr. or equivalent required None required 
Core Computer Science Courses 5 required 9 required
Applied Computer Science Courses Allows 8 or more Up to 3
Elective Courses from Other Schools 8-11cr. hr. free electives; up to 5 can be chosen from 300-400 level theoretical or applied courses; or courses leading to  a chosen minor in business, economics, or other liberal arts/social science disciplines   Up to 6 cr. hr. plus up to 13 cr. hr. free electives; no applied courses 
See IUPUI bulletin

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