Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Thread: Theory & Intelligence

The Threads™ represent partial paths through the curriculum. Thus, a student weaves a degree from these Threads. Students are not forced to make Thread decisions very early in their academic careers; however, they may if they want. We define the Threads so they are flexible enough to allow for a variety of technical and creative experiences. Threads are coherent enough that students develop computing skills even if their focus shifts as they go along.

The Theory thread is where computing meets itself. Theory teaches students the theoretical and mathematical foundations underlying a wide range of computational disciplines. Early preparation includes discrete mathematics, algorithms, and complexity. Knowledge goals are for students to mature in development and analysis of abstract models for applications ranging from theoretical computer science to computational physics, biology, mathematics, economics, and optimization.

The Intelligence thread is where computing models intelligence. This thread is concerned with computational models of intelligence from top to bottom. To this end, we emphasize designing and implementing artifacts that exhibit various levels of intelligence as well as understanding and modeling natural cognitive agents such as humans, ants, or bees. Students acquire the technical knowledge and skills necessary for expressing, specifying, understanding, creating, and exploiting computational models that represent cognitive processes. It prepares students for fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, machine learning, perception, and cognitive science, as well as for fields that benefit from applications of techniques from those fields.

APPH 1040Sci Foundation of Health2
or APPH 1050 Sci of Phys Act & Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Intro to Computing 13
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Intro Physics I 24
Lab Science 24
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1554Linear Algebra 44
or MATH 1564 LinAlg w Abstract Vec Sp
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
American Government
Government of the U.S.
US Constitutional Issues
PSYC 1101General Psychology3
Any SS6
Core F - Courses Related to Major
Lab Science 24
CS 1100Freshman Leap Seminar1
CS 1331Intro-Object Orient Prog 13
CS 1332Data Struct & Algorithms 13
CS 2050Intro Discrete Math CS 13
or CS 2051 Honors Discrete Math CS
MATH 2550Intro Multivariable Calc 42
Major Requirements
CS 2340Objects and Design 13
CS 4001Computing & Society 13
or CS 4002 Robots and Society
or CS 4726 Privacy Tech Policy Law
or SLS 3110 Tech and Sustain Community
Junior Design Options (Capstone)
Junior Design Option 1,36
CS 2110Computer Organiz&Program 14
CS 3510Dsgn&Analysis-Algorithms 13
or CS 3511 Algorithms Honors
CS 3600Intro-Artificial Intell 13
CS 4510Automata and Complexity 13
CS 4540Advanced Algs 13
MATH 3406Second Course Linear Alg 13
Select one of the following for Advanced Mathematics: 13
Intro to Graph Theory
Combinatorial Analysis
Intro To Number Theory
Select one of the following for Embodied Intelligence: 13
Intro-Cognitive Science
Sensation & Perception
Select six credit hours of the following for Approaches to Intelligence: 16
Intro to Computer Vision
Knowledge-Based AI
Machine Learning
Mach Learn for Trading
Robot Intelli Planning
Natural Language
Game AI
Other Required Courses
MATH 3012Applied Combinatorics3
Select one of the following:3
Probability & Statistics
Statistics and Applns
Statistics& Applications
Statistics& Applications
Probability With Apps
and Basic Statistical Meth
Free Electives
Free Electives14
Total Credit Hours126

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives (max 6 credit hours), CS 1100, and CS 1171 (if required). 


Minimum grade of C required.


Two of three lab sciences MUST be a sequence.


Junior Design Options are as follows (students must pick one option and may not change):

Six credits of the Junior Design option are used as Major Requirements and the overage credits of research/VIP (5 credit hours/2 credit hours) may be used as free electives. Students completing VIP for their junior design requirement will be required to complete at least three semesters of VIP.  (VIP 1  + VIP 2 + VIP 3) (for a total of 5 credit hours) + LMC 3403 = 8 hours of VIP credit. 

Students using CREATE-X for junior design take at least 6 hours of CREATE-X Start-ip Lab and Idea 2 Prototype (I2P) and 3 of the 6 hours must be I2P.  Students take these 6 hours with LMC 3403 (3 hours) for a total of 9 hours.  Extra three hours for CREATE-X option can be used in free electives.


Two credit hours of MATH 1554 may count along with MATH 2550 to give Area F 18 credit hours.

Cooperative Programs

The College of Computing participates in the undergraduate and graduate Cooperative Programs. See links below for further Information:

International Plan

The College of Computing has an approved BS CS International Plan that accommodates the unique requirements of this option discussed in the International Plan section of the catalog.

However, due to the flexible nature of the Threads curriculum, the International Plan designation may not be available with all of the Thread combinations. Efforts will be made to work with interested students to accommodate their individual circumstances with regard to the International Plan designator for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Research Option

To complete the Research Option in the College of Computing, students must:

  1. Complete at least nine units of undergraduate research
    1. Over at least two, preferably three terms
    2. Research may be for either pay or credit;
  2. Write an undergraduate thesis/report of research on their findings;
  3. Take
    1. LMC 4701: Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (taken during the first or second semester of research)
    2. LMC 4702: Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (taken during the thesis writing semester).

Research Classes

The following classes count toward fulfillment of the Research Option:

Research for Credit

CS 2699Undergraduate Research (Freshman and Sophomore)1-12
CS 4699Undergraduate Research (Junior and Senior)1-12
CS 4980Research Capstone Proj1-21

Research for Pay (Audit only)

CS 2698Research Assistantship (Freshman and Sophomore)1-12
CS 4698Research Assistantship (Junior and Senior)1-12

To get credit toward completion of the Research Option for research for pay, students must be registered for the appropriate audit-only, research for pay class (CS 2698 or 4698). If work on research for pay begins after the close of registration and the student has not signed up for the appropriate class, unfortunately it is not possible to get credit toward the Research Option for work that term.

A research project will also fulfill the capstone design requirement if the student registers for CS 4980 for one of the research terms. This is typically done the last semester of research, while taking LMC 4702.

Completion of the Research Option is noted on the student's transcript. For more information, see


BS/MS in Computer Science

Students who want to pursue

the BS/MS option must apply to the MSCS program after completing at least 60 hours of work towards the BSCS degree.  Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4.  This GPA must be maintained for the student to take graduate level courses.

Students admitted to the program will take 6 hours during their final undergraduate year to double count in both their BSCS and MSCS degrees; they should choose 3 hours of MS Core or Elective hours their fall semester and 3 hours of MS Core or Elective hours their spring semester that can count toward their thread hours and CS Specialization hours.

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