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2010-2011 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Computer Science, B.S. Major in

Program Objectives
Graduates of  the B.S. in computer science program will:

  1. advance in graduate studies or be successful practitioners in applied or theoretical fields;
  2. apply communication and organizational skills in the context of ethical issues affecting the discipline or society;
  3. think critically and creatively to solve local or global problems and become lifelong learners and contributors to society;
  4. apply knowledge and skills to solve problems effectively and efficiently and to contribute to the technical advancement of computer science.

Program Requirements

Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements as well as the general B.S. degree requirements.

1. The Successful Completion of at Least 124 Semester Hours

The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 55 semester hours must be completed in the liberal arts excluding courses in computer science.

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. English Composition

WSC 1 and 2, or placement examination (see University Degree Requirements).  If this requirement is fulfilled by passing the placement examination, the 6 s.h. in the humanities or social sciences should be taken with adviser’s approval.

5. Humanities Distribution

3 semester hours in appreciation and analysis (literature) and SPCM 7 , Public Speaking (which satisfies 3 semester hours in creative participation).

6. Social Sciences Distribution

3 hours in history and philosophy and 3 semester hours in behavioral social sciences.

7. Cross-Cultural Distribution

3 semester hours

8. Humanities and/or Social Science

Additional 9 semester hours, not limited to distribution courses.

9. Minimum Requirements in the Major

Includes computer science requirements, mathematics requirements, and natural sciences requirements.

Computer Science Requirements

49 semester hours in computer science (37 of those are in required courses and12 in computer science electives).  The required computer science courses are  CSC 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, 110, 110A, 112, 120 or 161, 163, 123, 185, and 190.  The 12 semester hours in computer science electives must be in courses numbered higher than 100. Freshmen are encouraged to take the first-year seminars, CSC 14F and 14S, when offered.

Mathematics Requirements

MATH 71 and 72, and at least one 3-semester-hour course in mathematics beyond MATH 72, excluding MATH 103, 117, 118, 137 and 155.

Natural Science Requirements

Minimum 12 semester hours in natural sciences, to include one two-semester sequence of science with laboratories (PHYS 11A and 11B and 12A and 12B, or CHEM 3A and 3B and 4A and 4B, or BIO 11 and 12). To fulfill the 12 semester hour science requirement, the student may need to take one or two more science courses depending on science sequence selected (PHYS, CHEM or BIO). All science courses must be for science majors.

10. A Grade of C- or Better

A grade of C- or better in all courses required for the major.

11. An Overall Average of C or Better

An overall average of C or better in required in CSC 14, 15, 16, and 24 for continuation in the major.  In addition, a student may not take any of these four courses more than twice.

12. Mathematics and Natural Sciences: Semester Hours - Minimum 24

At least 24 s.h. in mathematics and natural sciences. All science courses must be for science majors.


* If this requirement is fulfilled by passing the placement examination, 6 semester hours in the humanities or social sciences should be taken with adviser’s approval.