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B.S. in Computer Science

Computer Science is primarily concerned with the study of algo­rithms and the data structures on which they operate. Topics of interest include problem analysis; algorithm design, implementation, and test­ing; the definition of programming languages and the construction of environments for creating software; the study of computing hardware; the human/computer interface; and the development of formal tech­niques for characterizing algorithm efficiency.

The computer science curriculum at Louisiana Tech is designed to provide students with a general education in mathematics, science, and the humanities; an in-depth study of computing, including the practical and theoretical aspects of both hardware and software; and an opportunity for graduate study or a challenging position in industry. Because of the rapid pace of change in the field, the program places primary emphasis on fundamental computing concepts including multi-disciplinary applications.

The B.S. in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  Requirements for a Minor
All students majoring in computer science must have a minor or concentration that must be approved by their advisor. Current concentrations in computer science include:
  • Cyber Security
  • Graphics and Game Design
  • Cloud Computing and Big Data
  • Computer Engineering

Please see the B.S. Curriculum for required courses. If you joined the program during the 2015 to 2016 academic year, please see this curriculum. If you joined before Fall of 2015, please see the previous curriculum.

  Students in other departments who wish to minor in Computer Science are required to take 21 semester credit hours of Computer Science courses consisting of Computer Science 130, 131, 132, 220, 325, and six additional hours (at the 300-level or above).
Mission Statement

To prepare our graduates to respond to the needs and challenges of our ever-changing world and instill within them the knowledge, skills, ethics, creativity and critical thinking abilities necessary for professional competence and life-long learning in computing.

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Computer Science Program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:

  • Established themselves as practicing Computer Science professionals or engaged in advanced study in a related or complementary area.
  • Engaged in professional development in order to remain current in the field for enhanced understanding of current issues in Computer Science.

Enrollment / Graduation Data

  2012-13 AY 2013-14 AY 2014-15 AY 2015-16 AY 2016-17 AY
Enrollment 170 165 198 275 349
Graduates 17  25 19 15   
Student Outcomes

The program expects students to attain, by the time of graduation:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program's student outcomes and to the discipline;
(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs;
(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
(e) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities;
(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
(g) An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society;
(h) Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice;
(j) An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices; and
(k) An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
*AY - Based on Fall 2015 Intake
Computer Science Graduation Requirements

All requirements listed in the General Information section of the University Catalog apply.  In addition, a student majoring in a program in the College of Engineering and Science must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in courses bearing the specific rubric of the major program (e.g., computer science, civil engineering, etc.) when computed on all attempts for which a final grade was received (excluding 'W plus' grades).  In order to graduate from a baccalaureate program in the College of Engineering and Science, a student must complete 27 of the last 36 hours in the curriculum while enrolled in the College.

The Computer Science Program requires a "C" or better in any course in the College of Engineering and Science prior to taking courses for which these are prerequisites.