Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Computer Science, B.S.

(120 units)

This degree is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of professional careers in the computer field. The curriculum is designed to provide a balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of computer science. Extensive laboratory time is required for these courses, and design and analysis experiences are emphasized.

Program Educational Objectives

After graduation and engaging in the field of Computer Science for a few years, our graduates will have:

  • Made significant contributions to California’s high technology workforce.
  • Helped further the state’s economic growth by developing innovative ideas, and translating them into commercial products that benefit society.
  • Functioned effectively as a team member and/or leader in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments.
  • Recognized the societal and global context of their work and understood professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Continued the pursuit of lifelong learning through such activities as graduate school, distance education, professional training and membership in professional societies and been able to adapt to new engineering tools.

Student Outcomes

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions. 
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline. 
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts. 
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles. 
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline. 
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions. 

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a ‘pre-major’ status (i.e., Pre-Computer Science). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student’s ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Computer Science must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Computer Science major, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses with a minimum grade of “C” prior to earning 60 units:

Core Lower-Division Major Requirements:

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written and Oral Communication

Degree Progress

First-Time Engineering freshmen pre-major and transfer students must complete the Engineering Degree Progress Requirements within their first academic year.  At the end of the second full semester, typically Spring, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor from the Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) to determine if the student’s performance in the courses merits an additional Semester to complete.  Such students must submit a Degree Progress Extension Petition with the College of Engineering Dean’s Office.

First-Time Freshmen:

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved within one calendar year.

Transfer Students:

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved within one calendar year.

All Engineering Majors

All Engineering majors are expected to make satisfactory degree progress by completing attempted units, limiting repeats/withdrawals, satisfying critical benchmark courses in a timely manner, and maintaining minimum 2.0 Overall and Major GPAs.  Degree Progress is monitored for all undergraduate students each semester. Petitions to attempt a course for the third time are only considered in extenuating circumstances. Students who are not making satisfactory degree progress as described above will have a hold on their registration and are required to meet with their advisor to develop an academic plan.  Failure to satisfy the academic progress requirements will result in the student being disqualified from the major.


A minimum of 120 units is required for the Bachelor’s Degree. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all of the courses required for the major.

Lower Division:

Approved Science Electives (minimum of 8 units)

Take a minimum of 8 units of approved science-electives to include a two-semester science sequence chosen from the following groups of courses:

Remaining units to be chosen from the following:

Upper Division:

Take 18 units of electives:

Take 12 units from one of the following focus areas:

Software Development:


Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Take the below course: