Bachelor of Arts (BA) Major in Computer Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Major in Computer Science

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Revised: February 22, 2017

A major in computer science is available through the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program offered by the College of Liberal Arts.

The Department also offers a professional BSCS degree through the School of Engineering. The BSCS program is accredited by ABET/CAC. See the undergraduate programs page for a discussion of the differences.

The BA major in computer science has the following requirements.

Computer Science

Note: Students planning graduate study in computer science should include CSCI 311 among their electives.


  • MATH 261, Unified Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
  • MATH 262, Unified Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
  • MATH 301, Discrete Mathematics
  • Math 375, Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • And one of the following:
    • MATH 263, Unified Calculus and Analytical Geometry III
    • MATH 302, Applied Modern Algebra (Discrete Mathematics II)
    • MATH 319, Introduction to Linear Algebra

Natural Science

  • 9-11 credit hours
  • any biology; chemistry (not Chem 101); geology; LIBA 150, 151; astronomy or physical science or physics; at least two courses must include a lab; two courses must be from the same subject of science with the third from a different department; each course must be a minimum of three credit hours.
  • Two courses from one field (6 to 8 credit hours)
  • One course from a different field (3 to 4 credit hours)
  • Two of these courses must have a laboratory


  • 12 credit hours
  • WRIT 100 or 101; Writ 102 or Liba 102
  • Two ENG 22x literature courses chosen from 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, or 22x

Modern or Ancient Language

  • 6 hours at the 200 level or higher in a single language


  • 6 credit hours
  • HIS 101-102 strongly recommended.
  • Other choices might be European History or HIS 105-106 United States History.

Social Sciences

  • 6 credit hours
  • Courses from Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology


  • 3 credit hours
  • Courses from: African-American studies; classical civilization; environmental studies (Envs 101); gender studies (G St 201, 301, 333, 350); philosophy; religion; Southern studies (S St 101, 102). In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classical civilization, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will satisfy this requirement.

Fine or Performing Arts

  • 3 credit hours
  • Courses from Art History, Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts
  • Studio and workshop courses cannot be used
  • Acceptable courses: any art history; MUS 101, 102, 103, 104, 105; Dance 200; Theater 201, 202, Liba 130

Minor Field

  • 18 or more credit hours of courses depending upon area chosen (see the Liberal Arts section of the catalog for descriptions of minors)


  • Minimum of 120 credit hours
  • One-third of total hours must be at the 300 level or above
  • Minimum 2.00 Grade Points for all ABCDF grades credit hours.
  • Acceptable standard of English for all work at the Junior/Senior level.
  • 18 hours in residence

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