B.S. Degree in Computer Science with a Concentration in Computer Engineering

The Computer Science major studies the art and the science of computing. The art of computer science includes web design, graphics, multimedia, software engineering, and many other creative courses. The science of computing includes the theory of computing, database, artificial intelligence, robotics,digital logic design, algorithms, operating systems, architecture, and of course programming. The Computer Science Department is committed to preparing students for either a career in a computing field or for graduate study.

Xavier also has a Dual-Degree Engineering Program that has a Computer Engineering concentration. This 3+2 program requires students to complete the core Computer Science and Engineering courses then transfer to an engineering school to complete their engineering degree requirements. Upon completion of the degree requirements, students will earn a B.S. in Computer Science from Xavier and a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from their engineering school.


Differences between Computer Science, Engineering and Information Systems

Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of the methods and techniques to make computers faster, easier to use, and more capable of solving today's problems and anticipating solutions to tomorrow's challenges.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering includes designing and assembling hardware and software components into cost-effective systems.

Computer Info Systems

Computer Information Systems is the integration of business intelligence and computational principles to find feasible solutions to business-related problems.



To earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, a student must earn a total of
128 semester hours; earn a "C" or better in all Computer Science Department courses accepted for credit; earn a "C" or better in all Mathematics and Physics Department courses accepted for credit; and earn a "C" or better in Philosophy Logic (PHIL 2040).


Honors in Computer Science

To earn the graduation distinction "Honors in Computer Science", majors will have to meet the following criteria:
(1) Have a 3.5 grade point average in all computer science and mathematics courses accepted for credit.
(2) Have a cumulative 3.3 grade point average overall.

Students must meet the academic requirements throughout their tenure in the Computer Science Department.
In addition to all University policies, the Computer Science major can earn no more than 25% of their computer science (CPSC) courses from another institution. No more than 10% of their earned 3000-level or above CPSC courses can be transferred from another institution.


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2012-14 pdf

2014-16 pdf


FREE Elective & EXPANSIVE course list (MS Excel): .xlsx


Computer Engineering Curriculum

Computer Engineering Curriculum 2014-16
Freshman Year
First Semester   Second Semester
Hours Course   Course Hours
3 CPSC 1710 - Computer Science I   CPSC 1720 - Computer Science II 3
1 ENGR 1000 - Intro to Engr   ENGR 1100 - Engineering Design 2
3 ENGL 1000/1010 - English Composition   ENGL 1020 - English Composition 3
1 FRSM 1000 - First Year Experience   FRSM 1100 - First Year Experience 1
4 MATH 1070 - Intro Calculus   MATH 2070 - Calculus II 4
4 PHYS 1121 - General Physics I   PHYS 2111- General Physics II 4
1 PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Activity Based)      
17   17
     
Sophomore Year
3 CPSC 2730 - Data Structures   CPSC 2120 - Computer Org/Architecture 3
3 AFRICAN AMERICAN & DIASPORA STUDIES   CPSC 2740 - Software Development 3
4 MATH 2080 - Calculus III   COMMUNICATION STUDIES 3
4 PHYS 2121 - General Physics III   EXPANSIVE 3
3 THEOLOGY I   MATH 2030 - Elementary Linear Algebra 3
      THEOLOGY II 3
17   18
     
Junior Year
3 CPSC 3140 - Operating Systems   CPSC 3060 - Algorithms 3
3 ENGL 2010 - World Literature   SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
3 WORLD LANGUAGE I   FINE ARTS 3
3 HISTORY   WORLD LANGUAGE II 3
3 MATH 2550 - Discrete Struct for Comp Sci   MATH 2530 - Differential Equations 3
3 PHILOSOPHY   PHIL 2040 - Philosophy Logic 3
      CPSC 3999 - Jnr Level Qualifying Exam 0
18   18
     
Engineering School
12 ENGR ELECTIVES   CAPSTONE COURSE 0
      SENIOR COMPREHENSIVES 0
      ENGR ELECTIVES 11
12   11

SUMMARY: B.S. in Computer Science with Dual Degree in Computer Engineering

Fundamental Core - 18 Hours
English Composition (6, ENGL 1000/1010 and ENGL 1020), Language (6 of same),
Mathematics (4*, MATH 1070), and Natural Science with Lab (4*,PHYS 1121)

Essential Core - 36 Hours
African American Studies (3), Communication Studies (3), Fine Arts (3),
First Year Experience (2, FRSM 1000 and FRSM 1100), History (3),
Natural Science (3, PHYS 2111), Philosophy (6, including PHIL 2040),
Physical Education (1, Activity-based), Social Science (3), Theology (6),
World Literature (3, ENGL 2010)

Expansive Core Including ENGR 1000-1100 - 6 Hours

Required Computer Science (CPSC) Courses - 21 Hours
1710 (3), 1720 (3), 2120 (3), 2730 (3), 2740 (3), 3060 (3), 3140 (3), 3999

Required Engineering (ENGR) Courses
ENGR 1000 (1), ENGR 1100 (2), and an additional twenty-three (23) hours
which must include an Engineering School Capstone course and completion of a
Senior Comprehensive examination

Required Mathematics (MATH) Courses
1070 (4*), 2030 (3), 2070 (4), 2080 (4), 2530 (3)

Required Physics (PHYS) Courses
1121 (4*), 2111 (4), 2121 (4)

TOTAL HOURS 128

*Some of these course hours are credited to the Fundamental Core, some to the Essential Core, and others to the Minor.

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