Online Bachelor's in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Computer science and software engineering professionals can be found across industries as firms increasingly rely on new technology. In addition to exploring important undergraduate foundation studies, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree program is designed to provide the opportunity to study computer programming languages, computer network systems and software engineering skills. The systems security and project management components of this degree are designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop industry-relevant skill sets.
- Offers a general track as well as concentrations in cybersecurity engineering, data science, and software engineering
- Has CTU Fast Track™ exams available - a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
- Is ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth year in a row*
At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedules are designed to help you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 best online programs.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
- February 16, 2021
- March 30, 2021
- May 11, 2021
- Colorado Springs
- Denver South
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The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is a 183-credit-hour program offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program consists of 51 credit hours of general education, 88 credit hours devoted to the computer science core, and 44 credit hours a student can apply to a concentration or computer science electives.
This degree program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career centered on building computer software solutions through programming with algorithmic techniques. Students will explore a broad range of theoretical and practical knowledge, methods, processes, and skills to effectively design and develop computer software according to domain-specific requirements. The curriculum offers broad and detailed knowledge on how a computer’s software works, and how to design and develop different levels and types of computer software.
This program differs from the curriculum of the computer engineering program, which is focused on how to design and develop computer hardware. It is also different from the curriculum of the Information Technology program, which is focused on how to apply both computer hardware and software to design, develop, and support high-level, end-user-oriented business systems, services, or applications.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
Courses: General EducationCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours COMS105 Interpersonal Communication 4.5 or COMS203 Speech Communications 4.5 ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5 HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 MATH111 College Algebra for Technical Programs 4.5 PHIL101 Introduction to Ethics 4.5 PSYC102 Introductory Psychology 4.5 SCI101 Introduction to the Sciences 4.5 SCI103 Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5 SCI201 Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5 SOCL202 Social Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Class 4.5 UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 51
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CE242 Computer Architecture 4 CS101 Problem Solving in Computer Science 4 CS118 Principles of Programming Languages 4 CS119 Introduction of Programming 4 CS219 Python Programming 4 CS221 SQL Programming 4 CS226 Java Programming 4 CS228 C++ Programming 4 CS233 Fundamentals of Data Structures 4 CS253 Introduction to Database Systems 4 CS267 Computer Algorithms 4 CS311 Mobile Programming 4 CS337 Introduction to Parallel Computing 4 CS341 Principles of Operating Systems 4 CS349 Software Engineering 4 CS356 Foundations of Big Data Analytics 4 CS491 Computer Science Team Project I 4 CS492 Computer Science Team Project II 4 CSS150 Introduction to Computer Security 4 IT204 Fundamentals of Networking 4 MATH211 Applications of Discrete Mathematics for Computer Systems and IT 4 MATH311 Data Driven Statistics for Computer Systems and IT 4 Total Credit Hours: 88
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours Select 44 Credits from the list of courses as shown below 44 Total Credit Hours: 44
Courses- Elective ChoicesCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS227 Linux Programming 4 CS349 Software Engineering 4 CS361 Principles of User Interface Design 4 CS367 Streaming Data Analytics 4 CS368 Fundamentals of Software Requirements 4 CS374 Fundamentals of Software Design 4 CS378 NoSQL Databases 4 CS379 Machine Learning 4 CS468 Software Service Construction 4 CS469 Software Quality Assurance 4 CS473 Data Mining 4 CS479 Data Visualization 4 CSS200 Principles of Network Security 4 CSS250 Security Risk Management 4 CSS280 Ethical Hacking 4 CSS321 Software Assurance 4 EM200 Introduction to Website Development 4 EM218 Web Development II 4 EM228 Scripting for the Web 4 EM270 Emerging Media and Technology 4 IT304 Computer Networks and Communications 4
Total Credit Hours: 183
Accreditations and Alignments
Outcomes for this program align with the educational standards of ABET.
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Ways to Save
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of CTU Fast Track™ courses successfully passed
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*
Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.
*The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track exams successfully passed. CTU Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.
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