Bachelor of Computer Science

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The Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (abbreviated BCompSc or BCS or BS CS or B.Sc. CS) is a type of bachelor's degree awarded after collegiate study in computer science. In general, computer science degree programs emphasize the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing.[1]

The same core curriculum may, depending on the school, result in other degrees, including:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering (B.Tech)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng or BE) in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computing in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Computer Science) - BSE (CS)
  • Bachelor of Computer Security in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc or BS) in Computer Science (BSc CS or BSCS or BSc (Comp))

Some post-secondary institutions also offer an Honors Bachelor of Computer Science.

Professional qualifications after finishing the degree[edit]

The required skills and qualifications for working as a Computer or Software Engineer comprise a large number of theoretical aspects within the areas of Computer Science and Electronics. The following list shows a classification according to the professional profiles that are currently demanded:[4]

  • Knowledge of, at least, one programming language (currently in use) or a specific technology in depth.
  • Being able to read English, since most of the documents relating to the areas of work as a computer engineer are written in this language.
  • Handling of version control systems. Although this is not mandatory, most companies employing computer engineers make use of version control systems.
  • Knowledge related to Information Theory and Telecommunications, enabling optimised and legally-compliant designs and facilitating self-control and audits if required.
  • Computability Theory to calculate the viability of the problem to be solved.
  • Efficiency awareness for industrial mechanization of information (scalability, reliability, etc ...).
  • Automata Theory and Algorithm Design Theory to design suitable automation solutions in information processing.
  • Software Engineering understanding to evaluate the best techniques of design, development and maintenance of software, subject to calculations of quality constraints, time, cost, etc..
  • Artificial Intelligence or Knowledge Engineering such as pattern recognition or neural networks to calculate and design knowledge production systems as an industrial competitive advantage in information management.
  • Electronics to calculate and design communication and control interfaces between computers and various mechanical and electrical devices, such as data acquisition systems.
  • Industrial and business organization understanding needed for planning, management and control of computer projects and, management of ICT departments.
  • Hardware knowledge to analyze and design solutions in the field of microprocessor architecture.

Typical requirements[edit]

Because computer science is a wide field, courses required to earn a bachelor of computer science degree vary. A typical list of course requirements includes topics such as:[2]

Some schools may place more emphasis on mathematics and require additional courses such as:[3]

Beyond the basic set of computer science courses, students can typically choose additional courses from a variety of different fields, such as:[4]

Some schools allow students to specialize in a certain area of computer science.[5][6][7]

Related degrees[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bachelor of Computer Science (BCOMPSC) Degree". University of Wollongong in Dubai.
  2. ^ [1] Course description of the Bachelor of Computer Science at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  3. ^ [2] Archived 2010-11-16 at the Wayback Machine Bachelor of Computer Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
  4. ^ [3] Classes available through Purdue University's Computer Science Department
  5. ^ "Computer Science concentrations offered by Stevens Institute". Stevens Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  6. ^ "Saint Leo University program description offering Information assurance specialization". Saint Leo University. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  7. ^ "B.S. Computer Science - Cybersecurity Concentration". Fairleigh Dickinson University.