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B.S. Computer Science


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) at Norfolk State University is demanding but for good reasons. NSU CS programs are blended with a mix of theoretical and practical concepts. Most courses include a laboratory component that stresses hands-on aspects of the subject. All CS majors are expected to take a substantial amount of courses in mathematics because of the strong correlation between the logical thinking expected in mathematics and its tie with CS. 



A graduate of the Undergraduate Computer Science Program at Norfolk State University will be able:
1. To work successfully, both independently and in team environments.
2. To communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
3. To pursue advanced study or engage in professional practice within the computing profession.
4. To engage in the practice of life-long learning to enhance their capabilities.
5. To practice ethical behavior in their professional endeavors.
6. To address contemporary issues by using evolving technologies, analytical thinking, and design methodologies.
Upon graduation, computer science students will demonstrate an:
1. Ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
2. Ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
3. Ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
4. Ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
5. Understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
6. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
7. Ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
9. Ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices
10. Ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
11. Ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity
All students must complete the University's General Education Requirements to qualify for the Bachelor's of Science Degree. Additionally:
• Computer Science majors must complete at least 120 credits to complete the B.S. degree.
• Computer Science majors must meet prerequisites or their equivalents prior to enrolling in more advanced Computer Science courses.
• Computer science majors must earn at least a grade of "C" in all English, Science, Mathematics and Computer Science courses. In addition, majors with a specialty in Computer Engineering must receive a "C" grade or better in all Engineering courses and majors with a specialty in Information Science must receive a "C" grade or better in all courses taken in the School of Business.

The B.S. degree in Computer Science at Norfolk State University is accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (