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B.S. in Computer Science
Curriculum Requirements (binding on students admitted Fall, 2011)
Revised July, 2011

The B.S. curriculum in Computer Science requires a minimum of 360 units and can be divided into the following sections:

Computer Science
  • 15-128 Freshman Immigration Course
  • 15-122 Principles of Imperative Computation (students with no prior programming experience take 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming before 15-122)
  • 15-150 Principles of Functional Programming
  • 15-210 Parallel and Sequential Data Structures and Algorithms
  • 15-213 Introduction to Computer Systems
  • 15-251 Great Theoretical Ideas in Computer Science
  • 15-451 Algorithm Design and Analysis
  • one Communications course:
    • 15-221 Technical Communication for Computer Scientists

  • one Algorithms & Complexity elective:
    • 15-354 Computational Discrete Mathematics
    • 15-355 Modern Computer Algebra
    • 15-453 Formal Languages, Automata, and Computability
    • 21-301 Combinatorics
    • 21-484 Graph Theory
    • others as designated

  • one Applications elective:
    • 02-450 Automation of Biological Research
    • 05-391 Designing Human-Centered Software
    • 05-431 Software Structures for User Interfaces
    • 10-601 Machine Learning
    • 11-411 Natural Language Processing
    • 15-313 Foundations of Software Engineering
    • 15-322/15-323 Intro to Computer Music
    • 15-381 Artificial Intelligence: Representation and Problem Solving
    • 15-384 Robotic Manipulation
    • 15-385 Computer Vision
    • 15-415 Database Applications
    • 15-462 Computer Graphics
    • others as designated

  • one Logics & Languages elective:
    • 15-312 Foundations of Programming Languages
    • 15-317 Constructive Logic
    • 15-414 Bug Catching: Automated Program Verification and Testing
    • 21-300 Basic Logic
    • 80-311 Computability and Incompleteness
    • others as designated

  • one Software Systems elective:
    • 15-410 Operating System Design and Implementation
    • 15-411 Compiler Design
    • 15-418 Parallel Computer Architecture and Programming
    • 15-440 Distributed Systems
    • 15-441 Computer Networks
    • others as designated

  • two Computer Science electives (can be from any SCS department; usually 200-level or above): CSD [15-xxx], Lane Center [02-], HCII [05-], ISR [08-,17-], MLD [10-], LTI [11-], RI [16-])

Mathematics/Probability
  • 21-120 Differential & Integral Calculus
  • 21-122 Integration, Differential Equations, and Approximation
  • 21-127 Concepts of Mathematics
  • one of the following Linear Algebra courses:
  • one of the following Probability courses:
    • 15-359 Probability and Computing
    • 21-325 Probability
    • 36-217 Probability Theory and Random Processes
    • 36-225 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I

Engineering and Natural Sciences

Four engineering or science courses are required, of which at least one must have a laboratory component and at least two must be from the same department. At present, courses meeting the lab requirement are:

  • 02-261 Quantitative Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • 09-101 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry (this 3 unit lab together with 09-105, Introduction to Modern Chemistry, satisfies the lab requirement)
  • 15-321 Research Methods for Experimental Computer Science
  • 27-100 Engineering the Materials of the Future
  • 33-104 Experimental Physics
  • 85-310 Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology

The following courses cannot be used to satisfy the Engineering and Natural Sciences requirement:

  • 09-103 Atoms, Molecules, and Chemical Change
  • 09-104 Fundamental Aspects of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 18-202 Mathematical Foundations of Electrical Engineering
  • 19-101 Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
  • 19-211 Ethics and Policy Issues in Computing
  • 19-402 Telecommunications, Technology Policy & Management
  • 19-403 Policies of Wireless Systems and the Internet
  • 33-100 Basic Experimental Physics
  • 33-115 Physics for Future Presidents
  • 33-124 Introduction to Astronomy
  • 39-100 What is Engineering?
  • 39-200 Business for Engineers

Humanities and Arts

All candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 63 units offered by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and/or the College of Fine Arts. The humanities and arts (or general education) courses for SCS students are to meet the distribution requirements found on the SCS Humanities and Arts page.

Required Minor

A sequence of courses prescribed by the requirements of the particular department. Completion of a second major (or double degree) also satisfies this requirement. If permitted by the minor or second major department, courses taken in satisfaction for the minor or second major may also count toward any category other than required courses in Computer Science. More information can be found on the minor requirement page.

Computing @ Carnegie Mellon

The following course is required of all students to familiarize them with the campus computing environment:

  • 99-10x Computing @ Carnegie Mellon

Free Electives

A free elective is any Carnegie Mellon course. However, a maximum of nine units of Physical Education and/or Military Science (ROTC) and/or Student-Led (StuCo) courses may be used toward fulfilling graduation requirements.

 


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