Program Description

Please note that accreditation for the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science (BACS), has not been requested.

This degree program serves to give the student excellent preparation for careers in computer science or for fields where CS is an important ingredient. Students receive a strong technical background in computer science, which is coupled with a broad, general education. The BA degree prepares for a career path where the student contributes to advancing infrastructures tailored for specific areas, often outside the core areas of computer science. Furthermore, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science as well as a minor in Computer Science are available.

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Educational Objectives

The undergraduate degrees in CS are designed so that graduates will attain employment and advance their careers in industry, government and academia. BA students will find employment in fields where computing is an important ingredient. Some graduates will achieve appropriate certifications and/or pursue advanced study in computer science or other graduate fields. Graduates will be engaged in lifelong learning and thereby advance in their careers.

Career Implications

Computers and processors of all sizes and descriptions appear in every area of the public and private sectors. Consequently, employment prospects for computer science degree holders remain steady. Current projections have the demand for computer science graduates exceeding the supply for many years to come. The range of opportunities open to the new graduate in computer science is impressive.

Computer science graduates are employed as members of technical staff, software engineers, programming or systems analysts, and scientific or application programmers by some of the nation's largest companies. These companies include internet based commerce and software based hi-tech industries, insurance, banks and financial institutions, computer and electronics manufacturers, the communications industry, the biomedical industry, the defense industry, and engineering firms.

Admission Requirements

High school students planning to apply to the computer science program are strongly urged to take a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in computer science will be admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24 or
    a high school class rank in the upper 25 percent.

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted on probation or into the University College.

Students without the recommended preparation must take prerequisite coursework in order to prepare for enrollment in courses required for the bachelor's degree.

Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the undergraduate program committee.

Transfer student information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations section of the catalog.

University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Be able to apply knowledge of discrete structures and computer organization appropriate to the discipline
  • Be able to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

Program Requirements

Curriculum requirements for both of the Computer Science degrees are categorized into several areas totaling at least 120 hours of study.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 150 Recommended) 13
Anchor II (ANCH 203 Recommended) 13
Anchor III (ANCH 308 Required; Satsified in program requirements below)
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied by program requirement below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits18

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

 Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

 Major Requirements

ALEKS Math Placement
MATH 110 (College Algebra; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 120 (Pre-Calculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B) 14
MATH 220Calculus II4
STAT 235Elementary Statistics (Focus B) 13
Life and Physical Sciences7-10
One Life Science course
One Physical Science course
With a minimum of one lab 3
Synthesis Course Requirements
COMP-SCI 449Foundations of Software Engineering3
COMP-SCI 451RSoftware Engineering Capstone3
Computer Science Requirements
ANCH 308Ethical Issues in Computing & Engineering3
COMP-SCI 101Problem Solving and Programming I3
COMP-SCI 191Discrete Structures I3
COMP-SCI 201RProblem Solving and Programming II3
COMP-SCI 201LProblem Solving and Programming II - Lab1
COMP-SCI 281RIntroduction to Computer Architecture and Organization3
COMP-SCI 282Assembly Language Programming3
COMP-SCI 291Discrete Structures II3
COMP-SCI 303Data Structures3
COMP-SCI Electives (300 or 400 level) 46
COMP-SCI Advanced Electives (400 level) 43
Foreign Language Requirement
Students must take a two course sequence of one foreign language, or have taken a two year sequence at high school. If foreign language requirement is waived due to high school credit, then students need to add up to ten (10) credit hours of General Electives to total 120 credit hours total for the BA COMP-SCI degree6-10
Total Credits64-71

Students must take the Math Placement called ALEKS before enrolling in this course.


RooWriter must be taken prior to enrollment in DISC 300 and Anchor 3 course. Go to for more details.


A minimum of one lab in either from one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, environmental Science, Geoscience, or Physics.


See academic advisor for list of course options.

General Electives35

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Four Year Program Sample

For suggested four year plans, please see the registrar’s website:

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.