Get in demand with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

With a Bachelor of Science in computer science from University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll be able to plan, design, and optimize computer software and hardware systems for commercial and government environments. This versatile major provides you with a foundation in programming languages, software development, complex algorithms, and graphics and visualization.

This program is also available as a minor.

Students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching by 12 credits.

About the Computer Science Bachelor's Degree

In the bachelor's program in computer science, you'll learn programming, algorithm optimization and enhancement, and the theory, science, and math behind modern computing. Specifically, you will learn about Java, C++, OpenGL, Octave, and MATLAB. Your courses will cover data structures and analysis, computer systems and architecture, image and signal processing, and more.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Identify and respond to emerging technology, models, methodologies, systems, and trends in human/computer interaction, including social networking, gaming, modeling, and simulation
  • Apply logic and mathematical principles to the design, development, and verification of secure, high-performance, and reliable computing systems
  • Analyze, design, develop, and document secure technical solutions for computing systems and networking infrastructure
  • Plan, design, and optimize computing architecture, software applications, data, and systems
  • Adhere to local, national, and international technical standards, ethics, and intellectual property regulations when developing computer applications and systems
  • Analyze, compare, and contrast algorithms, programming languages, compilers, and operating systems to select or develop solutions to problems

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design, implement, test, debug, and document Java programs using development tools
  • Design and implement a "virtual" stringed musical instrument that includes data fields for notes and boolean fields to determine whether the instrument is tuned or currently playing
  • Build realistic graphical 3D worlds, animate characters, and add special effects to games using OpenGL and a programming environment
  • Create a Java programming project that uses a concurrent, secure, multi-threaded application

Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 36 credits of coursework in the major.

  • CMIS 141
  • CMIS 242
  • CMIS 310
  • SDEV 300
  • CMSC 350
  • CMSC 330
  • CMSC 335
  • CMSC 430
  • CMSC 451
  • CMSC 412
  • CMSC 405
  • CMSC 495

Related Required Courses

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • MATH 140
  • MATH 141
  • CMSC 150
  • CMIS 102

Electives

This program requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework. We recommend EDTP 500 and EDTP 535 if you are qualified to take those courses and are planning to enter the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Note the prerequisites for these courses and contact an advisor before registering.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help provide you with a foundation for a career in software architecture or engineering, application software design, or systems analysis, programming, or engineering in corporate organizations and government agencies.