2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Computer Science Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

45 credits (54 total credits including MTH requirements)

CS 120Software Design I4
CS 220Software Design II4
CS 225Discrete Computational Structures 13
CS 270Introduction to Assembler Programming, C Programming and Computer Organization3
CS 340Software Design III: Abstract Data Types4
CS 341Software Design IV: Software Engineering3
CS 370Computer Architecture3
CS 421Programming Language Concepts3
CS 441Operating System Concepts3
CS 442Structures of Compilers3
Electives12
Total Credits45
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may substitute MTH 225 for CS 225.

  • The 45 credits must include no less than 25 credits of 300/400 level courses. PHY 335, MTH 317 and/or MTH 371 may be used as part of the 45 credit major.
  • In addition to the 45 credits, MTH 207 and MTH 208 must be taken.
  • Every student must complete the computer science major field test. This test is used for program assessment not individual assessment.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

College of Science and Health (SAH) Bachelor of Science core requirements

B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 304, BIO 210, CHM 104, ESC 221, ESC 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.

Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.

For the Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.

  1. Complete a second major; or

  2. Complete a minor outside the major; or

  3. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits

    1. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.

    2. The remaining six credits should come from

      1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or

      2. 300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.

    3. Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.

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The list of exempted SAH programs is below.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
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Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Two sample plans are provided below. The first is for students taking MTH 151 Precalculus in the first semester; the second is for students taking MTH 207 Calculus I in the first semester. Also, discuss the merits of adding a minor with your advisor, as you would likely be advised to spread courses for your minor throughout the plan.

Sample Plan 1 - students taking MTH 151 in first semester

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MTH 151 (Gen Ed Math)4CS 2204
CS 120 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)4CS 2253
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Self & Society3MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
 16 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CS 2703CS 3413
CS 3404HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
MTH 2084Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Gen Ed Arts2-3
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 18 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CS 3703CS 441 or 4213
CS Elective3CS 300/400 Elective3
2nd Lab Science (SAH Core)4Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3
 University Elective3
 13 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CS 421 or 4413CS 4423
CS Elective3CS 300/400 Elective3
SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3
SAH Core or Minor13SAH Core or Minor13
University 300/400-level Elective3University Elective3
 Complete CS major field test2 
 15 15
Total Credits: 121
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See SAH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.

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Every student must complete the computer science major field test during their senior year. This test is used for program assessment, not individual assessment.

Sample Plan 2 - students taking MTH 207 first semester

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CS 120 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)4CS 2204
MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5CS 2253
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3MTH 208 (Gen Ed Math)4
Gen Ed Self & Society3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
 15 14
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CS 2703CS 3413
CS 3404HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4Gen Ed Arts2-3
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 University Elective1
 16 15
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CS 3703CS 441 or 4213
CS Elective3CS 300/400 Elective3
2nd Lab Science (SAH Core)4Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3
University Elective3University Elective (Gen Ed if needed)3
 16 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CS 421 or 4413CS 4423
CS Elective3CS 300/400 Elective3
SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3SAH Core (300/400 not CS) or Minor3
SAH Core or Minor13SAH Core or Minor13
University 300/400-level Elective3University Elective3
 Complete CS major field test2 
 15 15
Total Credits: 121
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See SAH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.

2

Every student must complete the computer science major field test during their senior year. This test is used for program assessment, not individual assessment.

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