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Computer Science

Computer Science (BS)

Offered by the Department of Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 55 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Core (32 credit hours)

Related (11 credit hours)

Concentration (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours in a concentration, selected from the following or with approval of their academic advisor and the department students may design an individual sequence of courses. Examples of individually-designed concentrations include but are not limited to game programming, computer forensics, international services, neural sciences, physics, mathematics, economics, government computing, environmental studies, computer graphics design, bioinformatics, multimedia computing, or technical writing.

Computer Science

  • 12 additional credit hours in CSC-xxx courses at the 300-level or above, or MATH-508, with approval of the academic advisor. No more than 3 credit hours of internship, independent study, or independent reading may be used to fulfill this requirement.



Combined Computer Science (BS) and Computer Science (MS)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. For more information, see Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees of this catalog.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs: