Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Computer Science (BS) and Software Engineering (BS)
The Computer Science Department offers the BS degree in Computer Science and the BS degree in Software Engineering. Both are based on a solid foundation of mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. These programs of study are designed to offer students opportunities to prepare for an industrial, business, or governmental career in a rapidly changing profession and to prepare for graduate study in a field in which further education is strongly recommended. The two programs have the same basis in core computer science, including the analysis of algorithms and data structures, modern programming methodologies, and the study of operating systems. The Computer Science program continues with courses in advanced data structures, programming languages, telecommunications networks, and automata theory, while the Software Engineering program include courses in requirements engineering, software validation and testing, and software architecture, culminating in a challenging project course in which students must demonstrate use of software engineering techniques. Both programs offer a rich choice of elective studies, including courses in artificial intelligence, computer graphics, databases, and compiler design.
The school offers a "fast track" BS / MS option; see Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degree Program.
Professors: Farokh B. Bastani, R. Chandrasekaran, Ovidiu Daescu, Yvo G. Desmedt, Ding-Zhu Du, András Faragó, Gopal Gupta, Zygmunt Haas, Dung T. Huynh, Jason Jue, Latifur Khan, Dan I. Moldovan, Simeon C. Ntafos, Ivor P. Page, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Ravi Prakash, Balaji Raghavachari, Hsing-Mean (Edwin) Sha, Ivan Hal Sudborough, Bhavani Thuraisingham, Subbarayan Venkatesan, W. Eric Wong, Weili Wu, I-Ling Yen, Kang Zhang, Si Qing Zheng
Professor Emeritus: Klaus Truemper
Associate Professors: Sergey Bereg, Lawrence Chung, Jorge A. Cobb, Kendra M. L. Cooper, Xiaohu Guo, Kevin Hamlen, Sanda M. Harabagiu, Murat Kantarcioglu, Yang Liu, Neeraj Mittal, Yu-Chung (Vincent) Ng, Kamil Sarac, Haim Schweitzer, Yuke Wang, Rym Zalila-Wenkstern
Assistant Professors: Alvaro Cárdenas, Mark Gabel, Vibhav Gogate, Zhiqiang Lin, Cong Liu, Ryan McMahan
Senior Lecturers: Ebru Cankaya, Michael Christiansen, John Cole, Chris I. Davis, Timothy (Tim) Farage, Shyam Karrah, Pushpa Kumar, Linda Morales, Nhut Nguyen, Greg Ozbirn, Mark Paulk, Miguel Razo-Razo, Charles Shields Jr., Jason W. Smith, Janell Straach, Laurie Thompson, Jeyakesavan (Jey) Veerasamy, Don G. Vogel
Mission of the Department of Computer Science
The mission of the Department of Computer Science is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for productive careers in industry, academia, and government by providing an outstanding environment for teaching, learning, and research in the theory and applications of computing. The Department places high priority on establishing and maintaining innovative research programs to enhance its education quality and make it an important regional, national and international resource center for discovering, integrating and applying new knowledge and technologies.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BS)
Goals for the Computer Science Program
The undergraduate Computer Science program is committed to provide students with a high-quality education and prepare them for long and successful careers in industry and government.
Our graduates, while eminently ready for immediate employment, will also be fully ready for focused training as required for specific positions in Computer Science and closely related areas. Graduates interested in highly technical careers, research, and/or academia will be fully prepared to further their education in graduate school.
Program Educational Objectives for Computer Science
Within a few years after graduation, graduates of the Computer Science program should:
The BS program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Degree Requirements (124 semester credit hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours)
II. Major Requirements: 68 semester credit hours
Major Preparatory Courses (20 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Major Core Courses (39 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Major Guided Electives (9 semester credit hours)
CS guided electives are 4000 level CS courses approved by the student's CS advisor. The following courses may be used as guided electives without the explicit approval of an advisor:
III. Elective Requirements: 14 semester credit hours
Free Electives (14 semester credit hours)
Both lower- and upper-division courses may count as free electives but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
In response to the need for post-baccalaureate education in the exciting field of computer science, a Fast Track program is available to well-qualified UT Dallas undergraduate students. At the end of five years of successful study, it is possible to earn both the BS and the MSCS degrees in Computer Science (or MS in Computer Science with Major in Software Engineering). Qualified seniors may take up to 15 graduate semester credit hours that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also to satisfy requirements for the master's degree. Interested students should see the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education (ADU) for specific requirements.
The Department of Computer Science offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in both the BS in Computer Science and BS in Software Engineering degree programs. These programs offer special sections of designated classes and other activities designed to enhance the educational experience of exceptional students. Admission to the Honors programs requires a 3.500 or better GPA in at least 30 semester credit hours of coursework. Graduation with Honors requires a 3.500 or better GPA and completion of at least 6 honors classes, including a Senior Thesis or Senior Design Project class. For more details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Advising (ECS South 2.502; 972-883-2004).
Departmental Honors with Distinction may be awarded to students whose Senior Thesis or Senior Design Project is judged by a faculty committee to be of exemplary quality. Only students graduating with Departmental Honors are eligible. Thesis/projects must be submitted by the deadline that applies to MS Theses and PhD Dissertations in the graduating semester to allow for proper evaluation. Students interested in Honors with Distinction are encouraged to start working on their thesis/project a year prior to graduation.
A minor in Computer Science requires 21 semester credit hours earned through the following courses:
A minor in Information Assurance requires 30 semester credit hours earned through the following courses:
A Certificate in Information Assurance can be obtained by completing the following (as well as any required prerequisites):
The certificate is intended for those individuals who are working in the industry and who already have background similar to a BS degree. CS and SE majors that complete the required classes, as well as students that complete the Minor in Information Assurance will be awarded certificates in Information Assurance.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- Hours fulfill the communication elective of the Core Curriculum.
- Six semester credit hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and two semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
- Nine semester credit hours of Science are counted under Science Core. Three semester credit hours are counted under Major Preparatory Courses. Students should consult an advisor for specific classes that satisfy this requirement.
- Transfer students with sufficient background may petition to substitute upper-division semester credit hours in the major for this class.
- Hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum.