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Undergraduate Record 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Record 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Computer Science (B.A.)

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In order to apply for the major, students must have taken one introductory computer science (either CS 1120, CS 1110, CS 1111, CS 1112, or CS 1113) with a grade of C+ or better, and must be enrolled in CS 2110 and CS 2102 (or must have already completed CS 2110 and CS 2102 with a grade of C+ or better). Students are accepted into the major, in the spring semester of their second year upon review of their applications. This is a selective process that takes into account the applicant’s GPA and application essay, as well as other factors.

Application Information

Applications must be completed in the spring semester (normally the student’s fourth semester). Deadlines are posted in the Computer Science Department office and on the departmental website. Due to prerequisite dependencies, it is difficult for rising 3rd-year students who have not completed CS 2110 and CS 2102 to complete the major in the 4 remaining semesters. Individuals transferring to UVA as 3rd-year students will be considered in the summer before their arrival.

Students apply to the Computer Science major by completing an online application available on the departmental website, typically in January of each year. All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by April 1.

Second Majors: College of Arts and Sciences students who wish to declare the BACS as a second major must follow the application process described here. Only College of Arts and Sciences students are eligible to apply for the BACS degree as a second major.

Transfer Students from Outside the University: Students transferring into the University from other institutions must apply to the department to be allowed to declare the BACS major. Qualified applicants will be considered on a space-available basis, given our target caps for each class year. Applications will be considered the summer before a transfer student begins classes, and the application process will be discussed during the summer orientation session. If an incoming transfer does not attend summer orientation, they must meet with a CS advisor before classes begin to discuss applying.

Transfer students without the CS 1110 equivalent before their first semester in residence cannot be accepted into the major. Due to prerequisite dependencies, it is difficult for rising 3rd-year students who have not completed CS 2110 and CS 2102 to complete the BACS in the 4 remaining semesters. It is important that students transferring to the University as third-years complete the equivalent of these courses before coming to UVA. In exceptional cases, students in this situation may apply for the major, but the ability to complete the degree in a timely fashion is one factor that will determine if you are accepted into the degree program.

Requirements for Major

Computer Science majors must complete five core courses, four computing electives, and four integration electives. The five core courses are CS 2110 (Software Development Methods), CS 2102 (Discrete Mathematics I), CS 2150 (Program and Data Representation), CS 3330 (Computer Architecture), and CS 4102 (Algorithms). Please note: there is a math pre-requisite to CS 4102 (Algorithims): APMA 1090 or MATH 1210 or Math 1310. The four computing electives are computing-intensive courses selected from the set of all Computer Science courses at 3000-level or above (except the core courses). The four integration electives are selected with the approval of the student’s advisor. These courses are offered by departments other than Computer Science, and should either provide fundamental computing depth and background or explore applications of computing to arts and sciences fields. The list of commonly approved integration electives is available from http://www.cs.virginia.edu/acad/ba/integration.html

Distinguished Majors Program

Distinguished majors complete the B.A. degree requirements in addition to a fourth year thesis project that is approved by two advisors, typically one from Computer Science and one from Arts and Sciences.  Both advisors must approve the student’s plan of study, thesis proposal, and thesis report. For more information regarding the Distinguished Major Program, please visit: http://www.cs.virginia.edu/acad/ba/distinguished-major.html.

Requirements for Minor

The Computer Science minor consists of six courses: one of the introductory courses (CS 1110, CS 1111, CS 1112, or CS 1120); CS 2110 or CS 2220; CS 2102; CS 2150; and two 3000-level or higher CS electives.

Additional Information

For more information, contact Tom Horton, Director of the Interdisciplinary Major in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, 85 Engineer’s Way, P.O. Box 400740, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4740; Phone: 434-982-2217, Fax: 434-982-2214; horton@cs.virginia.edu.

Course Descriptions

Descriptions of Computer Science courses appear in the School of Engineering and Applied Science section.