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Computer Science

The discipline of computer science pertains to the study and design of computer systems, hardware and software, computing techniques and underlying theory. Our program provides a student with a broad technical background in computer science. It is a flexible program providing breadth and permitting a student to develop strengths in selected areas within computer science, as well as in related areas such as electrical engineering, mathematics or business depending on a student’s interests. Technical electives available in the Computer Science major span courses in a broad spectrum of areas such as: Networks, Computer Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Database Systems.

Mission Statement: The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is committed to outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, distinguished research programs, and strong service to our students, professional and technical societies, and the community.

Program Educational Objectives: The educational objectives of the undergraduate Computer Science Program are:

  1. Graduates will have successful careers built on their understanding of formal and applied methods of solving problems using computer theory, hardware and software.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate problem-solving and design skills, including the ability to formulate problems and their solutions, think creatively, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively.
  3. Graduates will exercise professional responsibility and be able to adapt to an ever-changing professional environment.

Accreditation: The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Computer Science Minor. The computer science minor is directed toward those students wishing to develop some strength and background in computer science. This minor also is available to those who have already graduated. The 18-credit minor requires CompSci 201 and CompSci 315. The remaining 12 credits are to be selected from the undergraduate computer science courses or courses approved by the department, and must include at least 6 credits at the 300 level or above. No more than 6 credits may overlap with a student's undergraduate major. The student must obtain a minimum GPA, as specified by the department, in the courses used to complete the minor.

Computer Science Major. The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a major in Computer Science is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, and foreign language may need additional credits.


Computer Science Major: 53 credits

CompSci 150

Survey of Computer Science (recommended)


EAS 200

Professional Seminar


CompSci 201

Introductory Computer Programming


CompSci 251 Intermediate Computer Programming 3

CompSci 315

Introduction to Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming


CompSci 317

Discrete Information Structures


CompSci 337 Systems Programming 3
CompSci 351 Programming Data Structures 3
CompSci 361 Introduction to Software Engineering 3
CompSci 395 Social, Professional, and Ethical Issues 3

CompSci 417

Introduction to the Theory of Computation


CompSci 431

Programming Language Concepts


CompSci 458

Computer Architecture


CompSci 520 Computer Networks 3

CompSci 535

Data Structures and Algorithms


CompSci 537 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
CompSci 557 Introduction to Database Systems 3
CompSci 595 Capstone Project 3

ElecEng 354

Digital Logic


*Mathematics Requirement: 8 credits

One of the following Calculus sequences must be completed:
Math 231-232 or
Math 221- 222 (Honors)

Natural Science Requirement: 12 credits (including at least 1 laboratory credit)

Bio Sci 150-152 Foundations of Biology I & II 8

Bio Sci 202-203

Anatomy and Physiology I & II


Chem 102-104 General Chemistry I & II 10
Physics 120-122 General Physics I & II 8
Physics 209-210 Physics I & II 8
Remaining credits to be chosen from the natural science electives from GER list.

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits





Social Science 3

Commun 105 (Business and Professional Communication)


One of the arts, humanities, or social science courses selected must also meet the UWM cultural diversity requirement.

*English Composition Requirement: 0-6 credits

The English Composition requirement is satisfied by earning a satisfactory score on the English placement test, or earning a grade of C or higher in English 102.

Foreign Language Requirement: 0-8 credits (for students starting fall 1999 or later)

The foreign language requirement can be completed with one of these options:

Two years of a single foreign language in high school

Two semesters of a single foreign language in college

Demonstrate ability by examination

*Placement Examinations. Once admitted to UWM, most computer science students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics and English. Students with previous college level credits in these areas may not be required to take placement exams. The placement exams are administered by the UWM Testing Center, Mellencamp Hall, room B28, (414) 229-4689. The results of these tests help students determine the appropriate course in which to register. Background prerequisite courses may be required in addition to the courses listed above. Possible Math placements for engineering students are Math 090, 095, 105, 116, 117, 231, or 221. Possible English placements are English 090, 095, 101, or 102.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES – Select 12 credits from the following three lists:

All non-required CompSci courses numbered 400-699 are either Computer Science or Applied Technology Electives. The Applied Technology Electives are in the range 480-489, 580-589, or 680-689. Alll other non-required CompSci courses in the 400-699 range are Computer Science Electives.

Computer Science Electives (Select 6 to 12 credits)

CompSci 422

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence


CompSci 423

Introduction to Natural Language Processing


CompSci 425 Introduction to Data Mining 3

CompSci 438

Software Engineering Laboratory


CompSci 444 Introduction to Text Retrieval and Its Application in Biomedicine 3

CompSci 459

Fundamentals of Computer Graphics


CompSci 469

Introduction to Computer Security


CompSci 511

Symbolic Logic


CompSci 530 Computer Networks Laboratory 3

CompSci 536

Software Engineering


CompSci 552

Object Oriented Programming


CompSci 599 Senior Thesis 3

CompSci 654

Introduction to Compilers


CompSci 657

Topics in Computer Science


CompSci 699

Independent Study


ElecEng 367

Introduction to Microprocessors


ElecEng 451*

Introduction to VLSI Design


ElecEng 457

Digital Logic Laboratory


Applied Computer Science Electives (Select 0 to 3 credits from this list)

CompSci 481

Server-side Internet Programming


CompSci 482 Rich Internet Applications 3
CompSci 581 Web Languages and Standards 3

CompSci 581

Topics in Applied Computing


Supplemental Electives (Select 0 to 3 credits from this list)

Bus Adm 490

Entrepreneur Internship


EAS 001

Engineering Co-op Work Period


EAS 497

Study Abroad


English 206

Technical Writing


Applied Mathematics Electives ( 6 credits from the following list)

Math 233 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4

ElecEng 234

Analytical Methods in Engineering


Math 337

Introduction to Number Theory


Math 431 Modern Algebra with Applications 3
Math 451 Axiomatic Geometry 3

MthStat 361

Introduction to Mathematical
Statistics I


Ind Eng 467

Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students


Math 234

(Alternative to ElecEng 234)


Math 467

(Equivalent to Ind Eng 467)


Free Electives: Variable credits
University-level courses of your choice as needed to reach a minimum of 120 total credits.

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