Computer Science, B.S.

The Department of Computer Science at Saint Louis University offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The B.S. is designed for students who want a greater technical depth of study. It can be paired with other science, mathematics and engineering programs.

SLU's accelerated master's program allows undergraduate computer science majors to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. Students combine a B.A. or B.S. in computer science with a master's degree in computer science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, or bioinformatics and computational biology.

Computer science is an exciting, rapidly developing field with vast influence on modern society. Computer science encompasses a broad range of theories and applications. Due to the emphasis on problem-solving skills, computer science is an excellent major for students going into many fields, including technology, business, medicine and law.

Program Highlights

  • A choice of engaging introductory courses allows students to better connect the application of computer science to their interests.
  • Courses are taught in computer labs to allow for hands-on learning; small class sizes allow for rich student-faculty interactions.
  • A curriculum that allows students to see the impact and application of computing throughout society.

Curriculum Overview

Students completing the Bachelor of Science curriculum in computer science obtain a technically rigorous and comprehensive degree modeled upon recommendations of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. The Bachelor of Science degree also requires 11 credits of science/engineering, including one sequence of two lab courses.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

SLU's location in the Midtown area of St. Louis, Missouri provides students access to a robust technology community with operations for many Fortune 500 companies and vibrant start-up culture. This environment provides outstanding opportunities for summer internships, part-time work during the academic year and jobs after graduation.

Our campus is within walking distance of the Cortex Innovation Community, a 200-acre (and growing) innovation hub and technology district. Cortex is home to SLU's Research Innovation Group, which works on technology transfer and commercial partnerships. Cortex is also home to the weekly Venture Cafe (every Thursday from 3-8 p.m.), which is a great place for students to connect with members of the tech community in a friendly and informal setting. Also in downtown St. Louis is the T-REX Technology Entrepreneur Center, a coworking space and technology incubator.

Our faculty have integrated students into their research programs in a variety of ways.  Some of our undergraduate students have participated in research experience for undergraduates (REUs), capstone projects and independent research that has resulted in scholarly publications with their faculty mentors. Many students have had opportunities to travel to conferences and present their work.

Careers

Careers related to computer science are routinely found on various "best jobs" lists because of their outstanding combination of excellent pay, satisfying work-life balance and personal reward in seeing the great impact of computing throughout society. As a sample of such listings: 

  • U.S. News 100 Best Jobs list for 2022 named information security analyst. The top 100 also included software developer (#5), data scientist (#6), IT manager (#13), computer systems analyst (#27), web developer (#32), database administrator (#38), computer network architect (#48), and computer systems administrator (#52).
  • Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America list for 2022 named enterprise architect as #1. and , and many other technology positions appear within the top 25:  full stack engineer (#2), data scientist (#3), devops engineer (#4), machine learning engineer (#6), data engineer (#8), software engineer (#8), java developer (#9), back end engineer (#11), cloud engineer (#12) information security engineer (#15), back end engineer (#16), automation engineer (#21), and UX designer (#24).

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.

Freshman

All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 

Transfer

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

  1. Graduates will be able to analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Graduates will be able to design, implement, evaluate and test a software system that meets a given set of computing requirements.
  3. Graduates will be able to apply computer science theory, knowledge of computer systems and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively to both professional and general audiences in both oral and written forms.
  5. Graduates will be able to recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  6. Graduates will be able to function effectively as a member of a team in developing computing technology and solving technical problems.

Computer science students must complete a minimum total of 76 credits for the major.

University Undergraduate Core32-35
Major Requirements
Select a CSCI 10xx: Introduction to Computer Science3
CSCI 1300Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming4
CSCI 2100Data Structures4
CSCI 2300Object-Oriented Software Design3
CSCI 2500Computer Organization and Systems3
CSCI 2510Principles of Computing Systems3
CSCI 3100Algorithms3
CSCI 3200Programming Languages3
CSCI 3300Software Engineering3
CSCI 4961Capstone Project I2
CSCI 4962Capstone Project II2
Select a Systems Elective Course3
Two additional 3000 or 4000 level CSCI elective courses6
Required Mathematics Courses
MATH 1510Calculus I4
MATH 1520Calculus II4
MATH 1660Discrete Mathematics3
STAT 3850Foundation of Statistics3
Additional MATH or STAT courses at the 2000 level or above6
Required Computer Ethics
PHIL 3410Computer Ethics3
Required Science/Engineering Courses
Select 8 credit sequence in a single lab science.8
An additional 3 credits of any science/engineering course3
General Electives24-27
Total Credits120

 Introduction to Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science: Principles
Introduction to Computer Science: Bioinformatics
Introduction to Computer Science: Cybersecurity
Introduction to Computer Science: Game Design
Introduction to Computer Science: Mobile Computing
Introduction to Computer Science: Multimedia
Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming
Introduction to Computer Science: Taming Big Data
Introduction to Computer Science: World Wide Web
Introduction to Computer Science: Special Topics
With permission, a computing-intensive course from another discipline may be substituted. Examples of such courses include:
Biomedical Engineering Computing
Civil Engineering Computing
Foundation of Statistics

Systems Electives Courses

Advanced Operating Systems
Computer Security
Computer Networks
Concurrent and Parallel Programming
Distributed Computing

Continuation Standards

After declaring a computer science major, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 in computer science courses by the conclusion of their second year as a major and maintain such a GPA at the conclusion of each semester thereafter. Furthermore, students should require at most two attempts to successfully complete any computer science courses required for the major (where an unsuccessful attempt is considered a "D" or "F" for courses numbered 2100 and lower, and an "F" in higher-level courses).

Students are also expected to make adequate progress in the major, typically by enrolling in at least one computer science course per semester until completing their coursework (with exceptions made for premed scholars during their first year, and all students if studying abroad or facing other such extenuating circumstances).

Program Notes

At most three credit hours of internship with industry courses can be applied to the degree.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding pre-college level courses numbered below 1000).
  • Complete the University Undergraduate Core curriculum requirements.
  • Complete major requirements: minimum 30 credits required.
  • Complete remaining credits with a second major, minor, certificate and/or electives to reach the minimum of 120 credits required for graduation.
  • Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, a 2.00 grade point average in the major(s) and a 2.00 grade point average in the minor/certificate, or related elective credits.
  • Complete department-/program-specific academic and performance requirements.
  • Complete at least 50% of the coursework for the major and 75% for the minor/certificate through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete 30 of the final 36 credits through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete an online degree application by the required University deadline.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
CSCI 10xxIntroduction to Computer Science 3
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
University Core and/or General Electives 9
 Credits16
Spring
CSCI 1300 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming 4
MATH 1520 Calculus II 4
University Core and/or General Electives 6
 Credits14
Year Two
Fall
CSCI 2100 Data Structures 4
CSCI 2500 Computer Organization and Systems 3
MATH 1660 Discrete Mathematics 3
Science I with lab 4
PHIL 3410 Computer Ethics 3
 Credits17
Spring
CSCI 2300 Object-Oriented Software Design 3
CSCI 2510 Principles of Computing Systems 3
MATH 3850 Foundation of Statistics 3
Science II with lab 4
University Core and/or General Electives 2
 Credits15
Year Three
Fall
CSCI 3100 Algorithms 3
Systems Elective Course 3
Additional Mathematics/Statistics (2000+) 3
Science or Engineering 3-4
University Core and/or General Electives 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
CSCI 3200 Programming Languages 3
CSCI 3300 Software Engineering 3
Additional Mathematics/Statistics (2000+) 3
University Core and/or General Electives 6
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
CSCI 4961 Capstone Project I 2
CSCI 3000+Elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 9
 Credits14
Spring
CSCI 4962 Capstone Project II 2
CSCI 3000+Elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 9
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-121

 Must be in same discipline as Science I to form sequence.

Program Notes

Introduction to Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science: Principles
Introduction to Computer Science: Bioinformatics
Introduction to Computer Science: Cybersecurity
Introduction to Computer Science: Game Design
Introduction to Computer Science: Mobile Computing
Introduction to Computer Science: Multimedia
Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming
Introduction to Computer Science: Taming Big Data
Introduction to Computer Science: World Wide Web
Introduction to Computer Science: Special Topics
With permission, a computing-intensive course from another discipline may be substituted. Examples of such courses include:
Biomedical Engineering Computing
Civil Engineering Computing
Foundation of Statistics

Systems Elective Courses

Advanced Operating Systems
Computer Security
Computer Networks
Concurrent and Parallel Programming
Distributed Computing

Students can complete a B.S. in computer science at SLU’s campus in Madrid; they may also transfer freely between the Madrid and St. Louis campuses.

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2+SLU programs are formal  transfer agreements for students seeking an associate degree at a partner institution.