Department of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
 
Courses
" The Computer Science Curriculum is divided into three categories: CS Core courses, Upper Division Required courses and Restricted Electives."
COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Current CS Catalog Course List

COMPUTER SCIENCE CORE (54 HOURS)
The CS Core curriculum has two elements: Basic Core of 21 hours and Support Courses of 33 hours. There is also special CS degree requirement described below.

BASIC CORE (TOTAL 21 HOURS)
CDA 3103 Computer Logic and Organization
COP 3223 Intro to Programming with C
COP 3330 Intro to OO Programming with Java
COP 3502 Computer Science I
COP 3503 Computer Science II
COP 3402 Systems Software
COT 3100 Intro to Discrete Structures
COT 3960 CS Foundation Exam (0 credit hours)

SUPPORT COURSES (TOTAL 33 HOURS)
MAC 2311 Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry I
MAC 2312 Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry II
STA 2023 Statistical Methods I
PHY 2048C Physics for Engr. & Sci. I
PHY 2049C Physics for Engr. & Sci. II
Two (2) Science Courses1
ENC 3241 Technical Report Writing
CIS 3360 Security in Computing
1 These must be courses required by the respective science majors, such as BSC 2010, BSC 2011, CHM 2045 or CHM 2046. (8 cr)

UPPER DIVISION REQUIRED COURSES (21 HOURS)
COP 4331 Procs. for OO Development
EEL 4768 Intro to Computer Architecture
COP 4020 Programming Languages
COP 4600 Introduction to Operating Systems
COT 4210 Discrete Computational Structures
COP 4934 Senior Design I
COP 4935 Senior Design II
Students must earn a 2.5 GPA in above courses.

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES (15 HOURS)
Nine (9) additional hours of 4000- and 5000-level computer science courses. A partial list of such elective courses includes: CAP 4020, CAP 4453, CAP 4630, CGS 5131, COP 4520, COP 4516, COP 4710, COT 4110, COT 4500, CIS 4313, and CIS 4363. No more than three (3) hours of independent study in computer science may be used. (3 See SCAN Minor.)
Six (6) hours of math or statistics, exclusive of independent study. Course work must be selected from STA, MAP, MAA, MAD, MAS prefixes at the 4000 or 5000 level and MAC 2313, MAP 2302, MAS 3105 and MAS 3106.

SPECIAL DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
CS Foundation Exam: Prior to taking COP 4331 and COP 4600 (and beyond), students MUST pass the Foundation Exam, which covers problem solving techniques, algorithms, abstractions, proofs, programming skills, etc. Typically, students are expected to take the Foundation Exam in the same semester they complete COP 3502 and COT 3100.

Grade Requirements: All department-required courses (listed in sections 1, 2 and 3 above) must be passed with a "C" grade or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the courses listed in section 2 above.

Departmental Residency Requirement: At least 24 hours of computer science coursework must be completed in the CS department at UCF (18 hours of these in regularly scheduled 4000- and 5000-level courses and six (6) of these in 3000- to 5000-level).

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Courses with a common course number taken at any Florida State University System (SUS) institution or Florida community college are automatically transferable. Students with a Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution or an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida SUS institution or Florida community college automatically satisfy the GEP. Substitutions for GEP must be approved through Academic Services, Millican Hall (MH) 210.

Substitutions for department requirements are on a course-by-course basis and MUST be approved by the CS Undergraduate Coordinator. Instructions for this process are in the EECS Undergraduate Advising Suite: Harris Corporation Engineering Center (HEC 345). The decision is typically based on the degree of similarity of the two courses both in content and in the level of presentation. Regardless of transfer credit, the University and School residency requirements must be satisfied.

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