Jun 06, 2023  
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog

Computer Science, Computer Science Track, B.A.

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The Computer Science track in the CS major (B.A. Degree option) is designed for general study of the principles and practice of computing and is appropriate if you want to keep your career options open, if you want to combine your study of computer science with a second major in another field, or if you are starting out your study of computer science later in your college career. This track includes coursework in theory of computation, computer systems hardware and software, programming, algorithms, networks, and software engineering. The Computer Science track includes required courses in mathematics.

Program Requirements

Required Courses: 40-41 Credits

*MATH 340  may be used to fulfill the CIS 300  requirement for double majors in Mathematics and Computer Science only.

All of the Following:

Capstone Experience: 3 Credits

Each student completing a B.S. or B.A. in Computer Science is required to engage in a capstone experience of three or more credits: either CIS 480  or CIS 490 . To complete this requirement, a student prepares a formal proposal for approval by the Computer Science faculty, performs the proposed work, and presents written and oral reports to the Computer Science Department. Most students choose to complete their capstone experience through a credit internship (CIS 490 ).

One of the following

Cognate Requirements in Mathematics: 11-15 Credits

**MATH 461  may be used to meet the MATH 125  requirement.


  • No courses other than CIS 201 , CIS 480 , or CIS 490  can be taken for S/U credit and applied toward the requirements for the major in Computer Science.
  • A student must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in the Computer Science major requirements to register for CIS 480 - Senior Project  or @CIS 490 - Computer Science Internship .
  • Computer Science majors/minors with catalog years before Fall 2022 who complete CIS 203  before Spring 2023 will continue with degree requirements without CIS 205  . CIS 203  will be the prerequisite for advanced Computer Science courses (CIS 3xx and CIS 4xx) for such students.
  • Beginning with the Fall 2022 catalog, Computer Science majors/minors must follow the revised program requirements and take CIS 205  after CIS 203  . CIS 205  will be the prerequisite for advanced Computer Science courses (CIS 3xx and CIS 4xx) for such students.

Total Credit Hours Required: 43-44 Plus 11-15 Credits of Cognates

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