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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, B.A.

The Concentration in Human-Computer Interaction emphasizes the design, development, and implementation of interactive systems from a human-centric perspective.  This concentration prepares students for a wide variety of jobs or graduate studies.

The B.A. in Computer Science program requires a compact set of a computer science core, as well as a second concentration in a non-computer science discipline, satisfied by a second major, a minor, or a set of coordinated courses developed through consultation with an advisor.  Graduates from the B.A. program are thus expected to have knowledge and skill in computer science plus a complementary discipline to which computing applies.  The emphasis in this program is less theoretical/mathematical, and more on the applied side of computing.

Admission Requirements

Freshman admission is competitive for computer science programs and, if admissible, freshmen must present a minimum SAT-Math score of 530 or ACT-Math subscore of 22.  Transfer students must present an overall GPA of at least 2.5 with no grade less than C in computer science courses.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .  Students majoring in Computer Science should plan on taking the following courses that meet both general education and major requirements:

Major Requirements (39 credit hours)

Critical Thinking Course (3 credit hours)

Advanced Statistics Course (3 credit hours)

Elective Outside Concentration Courses (15 credit hours)

Students should select 15 elective credit hours in consultation with their advisor.  These courses should be related to one another to form an “outside concentration.”  These courses cannot be IT-related and cannot satisfy any other degree requirement.  They must show some depth in a subject area; a minimum of 6 credit hours should be at the 3000-level or above.  An officially declared minor or second major will also satisfy this requirement. 

Additional Degree Requirements

Concentration Courses (39 credit hours)

Concentration Writing Courses (6 credit hours)

Select 6 credit hours of writing intensive (W) courses .

Concentration Technical Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

Select three elective courses from 3000- or 4000-level courses offered by the College of Computing and Informatics, excluding the courses listed above.

Unrestricted Elective Courses (2 credit hours)

As needed.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Cooperative Education Program

By participating in the Cooperative Education program, students in a Computer Science degree program may pursue their education along with alternating semesters of full-time work experiences so that they may be better prepared to enter their chosen professional career. Interested students should contact the University Career Center for more information.

Experiential Learning and Service Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in professional work experiences in support of their academic and career development through the cooperative education, 49ership, internship, and service programs offered to them. The College of Computing and Informatics works with the University Career Center to expand experiential learning offerings to enable more students to graduate with career-related experience.  For more information about experiential learning opportunities, please see the University Career Center section within the Office of Undergraduate Education  in this Catalog.

Grade Requirements

The GPA requirement for all Computer Science undergraduate degree programs is 2.0 or above in each of the following three categories:  (1) all courses applied to the degree, (2) all courses in the major, and (3) all upper-division courses in the major. 

Honors Program

For details about the College of Computing and Informatics Honors Program, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at  Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.