Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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

This degree program serves to give the student excellent preparation for careers in computer science, for graduate study, 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 BS degree prepares for a career path where the student contributes to the continued development of technology infrastructure (operating systems, browsers, applications, softwares, networking, etc).  A BS/MS Option for completing both a BS in CS and a MS in CS in five years is available, (see below). Furthermore, a minor in Computer Science is available as well. Contact info: (816) 235-1193, or e-mail:

The faculty of CSEE approved several changes effective in the fall of 2012 for the degrees of BA in CS, the BS in CS, and the Bachelor of IT in reaction to feedback received from constituents and an analysis of assessment data. These changes center on a modernization of the curriculum and help to better prepare students for careers in computer science and information technology. Students who started their degree program prior to the fall 2012 term have the option to complete the degree requirements in effect at the time they first started their program, switch to the requirements in effect when they graduate, or petition to combine aspects of both. Students should consult with an advisor for full details.

Educational Objectives

The undergraduate degrees in CS are designed so that graduates will attain employment and advance their careers in industry, government and academia. BS students will find employment in CS related fields, and 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; Satisfied 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 requirements 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) 34
MATH 220Calculus II4
MATH 300Linear Algebra I3
STAT 235Elementary Statistics (Focus B) 33
Life and Physical Sciences
Physics For Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics For Scientists and Engineers II (Focus B)
One Life Science course in Chemistry or Biology3-4
Synthesis Courses
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 291Discrete Structures II3
COMP-SCI 303Data Structures3
COMP-SCI 394RApplied Probability3
COMP-SCI 404Introduction to Algorithms and Complexity3
COMP-SCI 421AFoundations of Data Networks3
or COMP-SCI 420 Introductory Networking and Applications
COMP-SCI 431Introduction to Operating Systems3
COMP-SCI 441Programming Languages: Design and Implementation3
COMP-SCI 461Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
or COMP-SCI 465R Introduction to Statistical Learning
COMP-SCI 470Introduction to Database Management Systems3
or COMP-SCI 371 Database Design, Implementation and Validation
Major Electives
COMP-SCI Electives (300 or 400 level) 29
COMP-SCI Adv Elective (400 level) 23
Total Credits88-89

 RooWriter should be taken immediately following completion of Discourse 200 and must be taken before attaining 90 credit hours. Go to for more details)


 See academic advisor for list of courses.


 Students must take the Math Placement called ALEKS before enrolling in STAT 235 and MATH 210.

General Electives11

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Specialty Areas

Students pursuing the B.S. degree in Computer Science are required to take four additional elective courses (at the 300 or 400 level including at least one 400 level course), with which they can tailor their degree to their specific needs. Students have the option to pursue the emphasis areas in Bioinformatics or Software Engineering. An interest area in Computer and Telecommunications Networking is also available.

Bioinformatics Emphasis

The courses required for the emphasis area in Bioinformatics are:

BIOLOGY 108General Biology I3
BIOLOGY 108LGeneral Biology I Laboratory1
BIOLOGY 109General Biology II3
BIOLOGY 109LGeneral Biology II Laboratory1
BIOLOGY 202Cell Biology3
BIOLOGY 206Genetics3
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Life Science Elective) 14
CHEM 211LExperimental General Chemistry I1
CHEM 212RGeneral Chemistry II4
CHEM 212LRExperimental General Chemistry II (Life Science Elective)1
COMP-SCI 490Special Topics (Introduction to Bioinformatics)1-3
COMP-SCI 371Database Design, Implementation and Validation3
or COMP-SCI 470 Introduction to Database Management Systems
Life Science Elective 13
Total Credits31-33

An advisor approved junior or senior level course in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences, or other similar discipline.

Software Engineering Emphasis

For the emphasis in Software Engineering, students may take CS advanced electives from the following list of courses:

COMP-SCI 456Human Computer Interface3
COMP-SCI 457Software Architecture: Requirements & Design3
COMP-SCI 458Software Architecture: Testing & Maintenance3
COMP-SCI 461Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
COMP-SCI 464Applied Artificial Intelligence3
Total Credits15

Computer and Telecommunications Networking Interest Area

For the interest area in Computer and Telecommunications Networking, students may take CS advanced electives from the following list of courses:

COMP-SCI 411Introduction to Telecommunications Systems3
COMP-SCI 420Introductory Networking and Applications3
COMP-SCI 421AFoundations of Data Networks3
COMP-SCI 423Client/Server Programming and Applications3
Total Credits12

Courses offered as special topics (COMP-SCI 490) that are relevant to this concentration may also count as well as courses offered in Information Technology (such as INFO-TEC 426 and INFO-TEC 427) and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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.