Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)


Program Objectives:

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science curriculum is designed to provide in-depth professional training in a range of current computer science subjects, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, structured programming, object-oriented analysis and program design, computer organization principles and operating systems, database principles and applications, and principles of computer networks. It is designed to equip the student with both a theoretical background and hands-on experience.

The curriculum provides training in software engineering and prepares the students for employment in computer software related areas, such as computer software design and development, and computer software applications in computer networks and Internet systems. After completing the undergraduate degree, a student is also prepared to enter an advanced degree program in a computer science related field if he/she desires.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students graduating with a BSCS degree are expected to demonstrate the following program learning outcomes -

  • Written & Oral Communication - Communicate proficiently on topics that are related to computer science and computer systems with a range of audiences.
  • Quantitative Reasoning & Problem Solving - Utilize general knowledge in areas such as data management, algorithms, networking, or quantitative analysis to solve computing problems.
  • Information Literacy - Search, locate, and utilize information pertaining to current computing practices, technology used in the industry, and software tools to fulfill specified requirements.
  • Inquiry, Analysis &  Critical Thinking - Demonstrate rational thinking over the selection and application of suitable computing solutions appropriate to the discipline.
  • Specialized Knowledge &  Foundations/Integrative Learning - Apply computer science principles and skills acquired in the degree program to work on programming assignments and projects.

Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 126 units are required for graduation. They include the following:

  1. 40 units of general education courses including 12 units in English and communications, 6 units in humanities, 16 units in mathematics and natural sciences, and 6 units in social sciences,
  2. 71 units of major courses, and
  3. 15 units of electives.

BSCS Curriculum

1. General Education (minimum 40 units)

The purpose of general education is to give breadth to the student’s education. With a general background in English and communications, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and the social sciences, the student will be prepared for his/her roles both in society and at work. Students who have not completed the general education requirements upon entering a degree program at NPU are required to observe the following curriculum to meet the general education requirements.

(a) English and Communications (12 units)
ENGL101, ENGL115, AND ENGL425 are required courses. Other listed courses are suggested subjects.

ENGL101 Expository Writing (3)
ENGL102 Critical Thinking (3)
ENGL115 Public Speaking (3)
ENGL220 Small Group Communication (3)
ENGL420 Intercultural Communication (3)
ENGL425 Modern American Literature (3)

(b) Humanities (6 units)
The students can select any 6 units from the following suggested subjects.

HU210 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
HU230 Music Appreciation (3)
HU240 Music Appreciation (3)
HU280 Principles of Ethics (3)

(c) Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
MATH201,MATH202, MATH203, MATH208 PHYS201, and PHYS201L are required courses. Other listed courses are suggested subjects.

MATH201 Calculus – I (3)
MATH202 Calculus – II (3)
MATH203 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH208 Statistics (3)
PHYS101 Introduction to Physical Sciences (3)
PHYS201 Physics – I (3)
PHYS201L Physics Lab – I (3)
PHYS202 Physics – II (3)
PHYS202L Physics Lab – II (3)

(d) Social Sciences (6 units)
SOC450 is a required course. Other listed courses are suggested subjects.

SOC201 California History (3)
SOC215 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC215 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC235 Multiculturalism in the United States (3)
SOC245 Health Psychology (3)
SOC250 Public Administration (3)
SOC260 Civilization and Urbanization (3)
SOC275 The American Experience (3)
SOC400 Early American History (3)
SOC450 Emotional Intelligence (3)

2. Major Requirements (minimum 71 units)

([Computer & database technologies, programming languages, data science, structured programming, algorithms, artificial intelligence, network engineering, professional/career development, and capstone project courses to prepare for professional career)

CS200 Discrete Logic (3)
CS204 Program Design and Analysis in C Language (3)
CS204L C Programming Lab (1)
CS230 Unix/Linux and Shell Scripting (3)
CS230L Unix/Linux and Shell Scripting Lab (1)
CE305 Computer Organization (3)
CS350 Data Structures (3)
CS350L Data Structures Lab (1)
CS360 Object-oriented Programming in C++ (3)
CS360L Object-oriented Programming in C++ Lab (1)
CS380 Operating Systems (3)
CS385 Python Programming (3)
CS385L Python Programming Lab (1)
BUS400 Professional and Technical Writing (3)
CE450 Fundamentals of Embedded Engineering (3)
CE450L Embedded Engineering Lab (1)
P450 Career Development (1)
CS453 Compiler Design (3)
CS455 Algorithms & Structured Programming (3)
CS457 Data Modeling and Implementation Techniques (3)
CS457L Database Technologies Lab (1)
CS470 Network Engineering and Management (3)
CS470L Network Engineering Lab (1)
CS477 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing (3)
CS480 Java and Internet Applications (3)
CS480L Java Programming Lab (1)
CS481 Introduction to Data Science (3)
CS483 Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (3)
CS483L Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence Lab (1)
CS494 Senior Capstone Project – I (3)

3. Electives (minimum 15 units)

The student may select courses in any discipline to fulfill this requirement to promote breadth as well as depth in their study program. Course prerequisite requirements must be met. When applicable, the student may take curricular practicum courses and engage in practical training to work on company projects that are directly related to the student’s course of study.