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) is a type of bachelor's degree, usually awarded after three or four years of collegiate study in computer science, but possibly awarded in fewer years depending on factors such as an institution's course requirements and academic calendar. In some cases it can be awarded in five years. In general, computer science degree programs emphasize the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing.

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))
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)

In many post-secondary institutions, an Honors Bachelor of Computer Science degree has been introduced as an upgrade to the regular bachelor's program and usually requires at least one additional year of study.

Typical requirements[edit]

Since computer science is such a wide field, required computer science degree courses vary. A typical list of standard courses that most computer science degrees require includes topics such as:[1][2]

Beyond the basic set of computer science courses, students can typically choose additional courses from a variety of different fields, such as:[3][4]

Some schools also offer concentrations in a certain area of computer science, such as: Stevens Institute,[5] Saint Leo University[6] and Fairleigh Dickinson University.[7]

Related degrees[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Course description of the Bachelor of Computer Science at [[Monash University]], Melbourne, Australia
  2. ^ [2] Bachelor of Computer Science at Purdue University, [[West Lafayette]], Indiana, U.S.
  3. ^ [3] Classes available through Purdue University's Computer Science Department
  4. ^ "Online Schools Offering Computer Science Degrees". Guide To Online Schools. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Computer Science concentrations offered by Stevens Institute
  6. ^ Saint Leo University program description offering Information assurance specialization
  7. ^ Cybersecurity concentration offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University