2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BS

About the Program

Apply Now The program teaches students to expand the frontiers of computer science by applying computational principles to technical and societal problems. This includes developing new software, managing information databases and creating graphical solutions to help engineers and scientists visualize the physical and biological world.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core (including MA 16300 and CS 12300) courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30-31 Credits Minimum)

Other Required Courses (36 Credits)

Electives (28-30 Credits)

If a student chooses to take a Math, CS, or Stat course, beyond those required, as an elective then the student must choose from  the following list: MA 26400 , MA 20600 , or other MA, STAT, or CS courses at the 30000-level or above

Science with Lab (3-4 Credits)

Natural Science Elective (3-4 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core (including MA 16300 and CS 12300) courses (unless otherwise noted); 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 4 (15-16 Credits)

Semester 5 (12-13 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (12-15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Students who take ENGL 10800 instead of ENGL 10400 must complete General Education requirement with a Gen Ed approved writing intensive English course.

Note 2: If a MA, STAT or CS course is taken as an elective, it must be MA 26400 or CS 20600 or a MA, STAT, or CS course at the 30000-level or above.

Note 3: Senior Design Project, CS 42000 (or equivalent course), may be taken in either Semester 7 or Semester 8.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply.