Jul 20, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Computer Science (BS)

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The undergraduate program in computer science is an interdisciplinary program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The program is designed to provide both an academic and professional orientation.

General admission requirements for the undergraduate program are the same as those of the university and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and include 3 to 5 units of mathematics and one unit of science (biology, chemistry or physics). The minimum requirement for the degree is 128 units.

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for each of the core courses CSCI 102L , CSCI 103 , CSCI 170 , CSCI 104  and CSCI 201 

Courses with a grade of C- or below must be repeated; courses may only be retaken once.

Departmental approval is required in order to retake a course.

Students who do not satisfy the degree requirement after repeating a class will be disqualified from the program.

A cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) is required for all courses taken at USC as well as all upper division courses applied toward the major, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken. Candidates must complete general education requirements; see the General Education  Program.

Composition/Writing Requirements (7 Units)

General Education (24 Units)

Pre-Major Requirements (30 Units)

Major Requirements (62 Units)

Electrical Engineering (4 units)

Technical Electives (12 units)

(at least three courses for a minimum of 12 units)


Students may also choose one adviser-approved course from the 300- and 400-level ITP offerings. Other courses may be applicable; please see an adviser for approval.

Free Electives (5 Units)

Total Units: 128

* WRIT 340 Advanced Writing  (Communication for Engineers) is strongly recommended for CSCI majors.

**Courses selected to meet the general education life science and physical science requirements must be approved by the CSCI department to ensure that students achieve the required level of basic science content in their programs.

***Satisfies General Education requirement.

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