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Academic Program Guide

Computer Science (BA)

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2024 and after)

**Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. However, it is available via Online/Distance Learning to all FSU students via the Panama City, FL campus.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Computer Science BA program is designed to prepare students for employment in the computer programming field. Though less math/science oriented than the Bachelors of Science major, the CS/BA major provides a broad background in programming skills, database structure, and computer organization. A student can expect to become proficient at programming in C, C++, and Assembly Language and will have the opportunity to learn other languages as Java, C#, and HTML. As a BA program, participants will need complete 9 hours of humanities/history beyond General Education requirements.

This program has a retention policy. Students must earn an overall 2.50 GPA to be accepted into the program and then maintain that minimum overall 2.50 GPA to remain in good standing.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC1105 College Algebra3
GE Core Social Science3
GE History3
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
MAC1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
GE Core Natural Science with Lab4
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC 1140 ( ≥ C minus )
Minimum Overall GPA ≥ 2.50
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
COP3363 Introduction to C++ for majors or COP3014 Programming I3
MAC1114 Analytic Trigonometry3
GE Social Science3
GE Natural Science3
COP3353 Introduction to UNIX (if COP3014 is taken instead of COP 3363)1
Minor course3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete MAC 1114 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
MAC2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
MAD2104 Discrete Mathematics 3
CDA3100 Computer Organization I3
COP 3330 Data Structures, Algorithms, & Generic Programming I3
Oral Competency1-3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete MAC 2311 ( ≥ C minus )
Minimum Overall GPA ≥ 2.50
Summer hrs
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
COP4530 Data Structures, Algorithms and Generic Programming II3
Foreign Language I4
CS Elective3
CS Elective3
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete COP3363 or COP 3014 ( ≥ C minus )
Recommend beginning Foreign Language requirement
Maintain retention GPA ≥ 2.50 after formally admitted
Civic Literacy requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
COP 4521 Secure Parallel & Distr. Computing w/ Python3
Foreign Language II4
CS Elective3
CS Elective3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete MAD2104 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain retention GPA ≥ 2.50
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
CEN4020 Software Engineering I3
CEN 4090L Software Eng. Capstone1
Foreign Language III4
GE Ethics3
Minor course3
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete CDA3100 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete Pre-Graduation Check
Maintain retention GPA ≥ 2.50
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
COP4610 Operating Systems & Concurrent Programming3
CS Elective3
Minor course3
Minor course3
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for graduation in 1st two weeks
Maintain retention GPA ≥ 2.50

Employment Information
Representative Job titles Related to this Major: Programmer (Scientific, Business, Systems), Technical Writer, Systems Analyst, Operations-Research analyst, Software Engineer, Webmaster, Teacher of High School, Technical Support Representative, Manager, Data Processing System Manager, Network Administrator, Sales Representative for Computer or Software Manufacturers.

Representative Employers: Computer Firms, High Schools, Colleges and Universities, Financial Firms, Private Industry, Governmental Agencies.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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