B.A./B.S. in Computer Science

The major in Computer Science enables a student to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of computing within the context of a liberal arts and sciences education.

In addition to computer programming, majors in computer science study computer languages, logic, data structures and applications of computing. The art and science of problem solving are emphasized.

Students who desire a more scientific emphasis will complete the Arts and Sciences College requirements for a BS degree; the computer science requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degrees are the same.

All programs are to be planned in careful consultation with a departmental adviser and be approved by that adviser.

Requirements for a major in computer science are:

Core (23 credit hours):

  • CS 065 (Introduction to Computer Science I)
  • CS 066 (Introduction to Computer Science II)
  • CS 130 (Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming)
  • CS 135 (Programming Languages)
  • CS 137 (Data Structures) or CS 139 (Theory of Computation)
  • CS 191 (The Capstone course)
  • MATH 050 (Calculus I)
  • MATH 054 (Discrete Mathematics)

Upper Division Component (18 credit hours) from the following:

Computer Science Upper Division Component (12 credit hours) from the following:

  • Other computer science courses numbered 100 or above (excluding CS 140, the tutoring course and the capstone course)
  • Information Systems courses: IS 145, 150 or 160.

Additional Upper Division Component (6 credit hours) from the following:

  • Other computer science courses numbered 100 or above (excluding CS 140, the tutoring course and the capstone course)
  • Information Systems courses: IS 145, 150 or 160.
  • Upper-division courses in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science or quantitative methods (MATH 101 and CS 114 may not both be counted for the major; neither MATH 140, CS 140, the tutoring course, nor the Math/CS capstone courses may not be counted)

Catalog Requirements for Computer Science

Capstone Guidelines

Tentative Course Schedule

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April 15, 2014
On Wednesday, April 16, Drake University will host a special program for language immersion students from Merrill Middle School to celebrate Pan American Day. The students will participate in Drake Spanish courses in the morning and have the opportunity to celebrate Pan American dance and music at a performance by Drake students in Olmsted Center in the afternoon.
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