WSU Tri-Cities

Computer Science

Undergraduate Programs

Computer Science, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for multi-disciplinary students who wish to learn the basics of computer science and apply it to a different field. This degree requires a minor in another area, such as art, biochemistry, music, psychology, architecture or many more. Please work with your Undergraduate Academic Advisor to discuss your minor options.

Students may apply for certification into the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree program after completion of Cpt S 121, 122, 223; Math 201, 202, 216; Phil 201. Math 171, 172 may be substituted for Math 201, 202.

All listed E E and Cpt S courses, required electives, and prerequisites to these courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Download a PDF that outlines the typical four-year B.A. course structure

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Bachelor of Arts, CptS Educational Objectives

  1. Prepare graduates for computer science or software engineering careers in interdisciplinary fields by offering a curriculum based on the principles of mathematics, computer science, and professional ethics as well as the foundations of a minor subject area.
    Our graduates will have professional careers related to computer science or software engineering.
  2. Prepare graduates to use computer systems and state-of-the-art tools and techniques to solve problems relevant to societal and economic needs.
    Our graduates can adapt to changes in technology as well as to the needs of society.
  3. Prepare graduates to work and live in a global, diversified society, instilling the value of life-long learning.
    Our graduates will continue to seek knowledge to thrive in an increasingly globalized society.
  4. Prepare graduates to meet the needs of industry for computer scientists or to pursue graduate studies.
    Our graduates will have options to pursue careers in industry or academia.
  5. Prepare graduates to communicate clearly in oral and written forms.
    Our graduates communicate effectively.
  6. Prepare graduates to work in teams.
    Our graduates can be team members or team leaders.


Computer Science, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires substantial basic and advanced computer science coursework and is the traditional computer science degree.

Download a PDF that outlines the typical four-year B.S. course structure

Catalog description

Bachelor of Science, CptS Educational Objectives

  1. Prepare graduates for computer science or software engineering careers by offering a curriculum based on the principles of mathematics, computer science, and professional ethics.
    Our graduates will have professional careers related to computer science or software engineering.
  2. Prepare graduates to use computer systems and state-of-the-art tools and techniques to solve problems relevant to societal and economic needs.
    Our graduates can adapt to changes in technology as well as to the needs of society.
  3. Prepare graduates to work and live in a global, diversified society, instilling the value of life-long learning.
    Our graduates will continue to seek knowledge to thrive in an increasingly globalized society.
  4. Prepare graduates to meet the needs of industry for computer scientists or to pursue graduate studies.
    Our graduates will have options to pursue careers in industry or academia.
  5. Prepare graduates to communicate clearly in oral and written forms.
    Our graduates communicate effectively.
  6. Prepare graduates to work in teams.
    Our graduates can be team members or team leaders.

Transfer Students

The Coordinated Bachelor’s Degree Program (also known as Bridges) allows BSCS students to take their first two years at CBC. In the joint CBC/WSU program, there are a total of 100 quarter hours (CBC) and 66 semester hours (WSU) of credit. Please work with the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at WSU Tri-Cities, Renee Smith (rrsmith@tricity.wsu.edu) to coordinate your studies.

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