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CMSC - Computer Science Major (BS)

Program Title

Computer Science, BS

Program Type


Degree Designation


Program Description

Effective: Fall 2019, Fall 2022, Fall 2023

Computer science is centered around the practice of problem solving using technology. Rooted in the natural sciences and mathematics, it relates to many aspects of the social sciences (e.g., social network analysis, human-computer interaction, etc.), the arts (e.g., interaction design) and the humanities (e.g., media studies).

Drew’s computer science program is designed to stimulate critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity, together with effective communication skills that prepare students for academic and professional achievement. Computer science students at Drew learn by doing. In many courses, students and instructors explore core computing topics through projects, often for real customers. To date, these projects have resulted in many completed software applications installed and in use at our partner sites. Other opportunities for real-world learning include a variety of internships and collaborative research projects with our faculty and other students.


Requirements for the Major (52 credits)

I. Foundation (4 credits)

Complete the following course:

  • course - Introduction to Computer Science in Python

II. Core (32 credits)

Complete all of the following:

  • course - Object Oriented Programming in Java

  • course - Data Structures

  • course - Computer Systems & Architecture

  • course - Software Engineering

  • course - Algorithm Analysis and Computability

  • course - Computer Science Capstone

  • course - Introduction to Statistics

  • course - Discrete Mathematics

III. Electives: Four Courses from the Following List (16 credits)

Regularly offered CSCI courses are listed below as are some DATA courses; other courses from MATH, STAT, and DATA, as well as internship credit, may also count, depending on relevance, with departmental approval.

Select 16 credits from the following:

  • course - Introduction to Computer Science in JavaScript

  • course - Web Application Development

  • course - Principles of Cybersecurity

  • course - Intermediate Topics in Computer Science

  • course - Independent Study in Computer Science

  • course - Quantum Computing

  • course - Databases & Information Management

  • course - Functional Programming

  • course - Mobile Application Development

  • course - Computer Networks & Security

  • course - Secure Code Analysis

  • course - Cryptography

  • course - Operating Systems

  • course - Advanced Topics in Computer Science

  • course - System Vulnerability and Security

  • course - Data Visualization OR course - Data Visualization

  • course - Modeling and Simulation OR course - Modeling and Simulation

  • course - SQL and Relational Databases

  • course - Statistical Computing in R