Computer Science

A Computer Science degree is the foundation for many of the world’s most exciting and profitable careers. Computer Science emphasizes the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing, rather than teaching specific technologies. A tremendous number of opportunities in a variety of fields awaits computer science graduates, including robotics, computer gaming, virtual reality, computer vision, media convergence, digital, evolutionary computing, computer architecture and so much more.


  • The UCF Programming Team is one of the best in the world! CS teams compete annually in the A.C.M.’s International Programming Contest, and our CS team has an unmatched record — finishing in the Southeast region’s top three every year since 1982! CS teams have earned five Top-10 finishes out of 6,000 teams worldwide.
  • CS has prestigious research programs for undergraduates (REUs). CS has been an N.S.F. REU site in Computer Vision since N.S.F. started the program in 1987.
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (A.C.M.) student chapter, additional Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), IEEE Computer Society and UPE Computer Science Honor Society and the CS Foundation Exam all provide real-life benefits including networking, face-to-face meetings with experts and career experience.
  • The Department’s new home is the Harris Corp. Engineering Center — an ultra high-tech building with revolutionary equipment, computers, and labs for students.
  • The Computer Science Foundation Exam is a qualifying test all CS majors must pass to advance to upper-level CS courses. Nationally, only UCF’s CS Program uses a test this way to qualify its students. The exam covers problem-solving techniques, algorithms, abstraction, proofs and language skills. Tests are held each semester, and the exam helps ensure the success of our students. It is a major resume builder and a feature many industry partners highlight as a primary reason they want to hire CS graduates from our Department of CS.
  • A detailed description of our computer facilities, faculty expertise, and course descriptions are found in the adjacent tabs above.
  • The Computer Science BS program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
  • CS has been a site for an REU program in computer vision since the inception of REU by N.S.F. in 1987. During the last two decades, close to 200 undergraduate students from different schools all over the country have participated in this program. N.S.F. has extended its funding for the CS Computer Vision Lab REU program through 2008. PIs on this project are Drs. Mubarak Shah, and Niels da Vitoria Lobo.

Computer Science Program

The following information is gathered from the UCF catalog, the Undergraduate Policies and Procedures Manual and the program procedures in CS. This web page should not be considered a legal document, is not necessarily exhaustive and is subject to change without notice.

All UCF students must fulfill a 36-hour General Education Program (GEP) requirement. The GEP is automatically satisfied by students with a prior B.S. from an accredited institution or an A.A. degree from a Florida community college. Please consult the UCF catalog for specific details. Students must complete 120 semester hours of coursework with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 and satisfy all University and Computer Science program requirements to earn a B.S. in Computer Science.

Any student wishing to receive a BS+MS degree in CS, a double-major or to seek a second Bachelor’s degree should consult the UCF catalog and the CS coordinator. A student must be an official CS major to earn the computer science degree.

Foreign Language & Multicultural Requirements

There are two separate issues with regard to foreign languages. In order to be admitted to the University, the State of Florida requires two years of high school foreign language (or equivalent). This is called “Foreign Language Admission Requirement”. In some cases, students who did not have two years of foreign language in high school are provisionally admitted but they must satisfy the requirement before graduation.

Foreign Language Graduation Requirement: All undergraduates must demonstrate proficiency in a testable foreign language (see UCF catalog for the definition of “testable”) equivalent to successful completion of one year at the college level. Alternatively, students may satisfy this requirement by the successful completion of the equivalent coursework. In the case of non-testable languages, the requirement may be satisfied by documentation through the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Computer science students who satisfied the Foreign Language Admission Requirement may satisfy the Foreign Languages Graduation Requirement by taking one course from a list of multicultural or college-level foreign language courses. Those who have not yet satisfied the Foreign Language Admission Requirement should complete two (2) semesters of a single foreign language at the college level. This simultaneously satisfies both admission and graduation requirements.

Please see the Computer Science Foreign Language Requirement or Multicultural Courses document for a current list of courses that satisfy this multicultural requirement.

Computer Science Course Requirements

Computer Science Core (54 Hours)

The CS Core curriculum has two elements: Basic Core of 21 hours and Support Courses of 33 hours. There is also special CS degree requirement described below.

Basic Core (Total 21 Hours)

  • CDA 3103 Computer Logic and Organization
  • COP 3223 Intro to Programming with C
  • COP 3330 Intro to OO Programming with Java
  • COP 3502 Computer Science I
  • COP 3503 Computer Science II
  • COP 3402 Systems Software
  • COT 3100 Intro to Discrete Structures
  • COT 3960 CS Foundation Exam (0 credit hours)

Support Courses (Total 33 Hours)

  • MAC 2311 Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry I
  • MAC 2312 Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry II
  • STA 2023 Statistical Methods I
  • PHY 2048C Physics for Engr. & Sci. I
  • PHY 2049C Physics for Engr. & Sci. II
  • Two (2) Science Courses1
  • ENC 3241 Technical Report Writing
  • CIS 3360 Security in Computing

1 These must be courses required by the respective science majors, such as BSC 2010, BSC 2011, CHM 2045 or CHM 2046. (8 cr)

Upper Division Required Courses (21 Hours)

  • COP 4331 Procs. for OO Development
  • EEL 4768 Intro to Computer Architecture
  • COP 4020 Programming Languages
  • COP 4600 Introduction to Operating Systems
  • COT 4210 Discrete Computational Structures
  • COP 4934 Senior Design I
  • COP 4935 Senior Design II
  • Students must earn a 2.5 GPA in above courses.

Restricted Electives (15 Hours)

Nine (9) additional hours of 4000- and 5000-level computer science courses. A partial list of such elective courses includes: CAP 4020, CAP 4453, CAP 4630, CGS 5131, COP 4520, COP 4516, COP 4710, COT 4110, COT 4500, CIS 4313, and CIS 4363. No more than three (3) hours of independent study in computer science may be used. (3 See SCAN Minor.)

Six (6) hours of math or statistics, exclusive of independent study. Coursework must be selected from STA, MAP, MAA, MAD, MAS prefixes at the 4000 or 5000 level and MAC 2313, MAP 2302, MAS 3105 and MAS 3106.

Special Departmental Requirements

CS Foundation Exam: Prior to taking COP 4331 and COP 4600 (and beyond), students MUST pass the Foundation Exam, which covers problem-solving techniques, algorithms, abstractions, proofs, programming skills, etc. Typically, students are expected to take the Foundation Exam in the same semester they complete COP 3502 and COT 3100.

Grade Requirements: All department-required courses (listed in sections 1, 2 and 3 above) must be passed with a "C" grade or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the courses listed in section 2 above.

Departmental Residency Requirement: At least 24 hours of computer science coursework must be completed in the CS department at UCF (18 hours of these in regularly scheduled 4000- and 5000-level courses and six (6) of these in 3000- to 5000-level).

Transfer of Credit

Courses with a common course number taken at any Florida State University System (SUS) institution or Florida community college are automatically transferable. Students with a Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution or an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida SUS institution or Florida community college automatically satisfy the GEP. Substitutions for GEP must be approved through Academic Services, Millican Hall (MH) 210.

Substitutions for department requirements are on a course-by-course basis and MUST be approved by the CS Undergraduate Coordinator. Instructions for this process are in the EECS Undergraduate Advising Suite: Harris Corporation Engineering Center (HEC 345). The decision is typically based on the degree of similarity of the two courses both in content and in the level of presentation. Regardless of transfer credit, the University and School residency requirements must be satisfied.

Foundation Examination

Prior to taking courses beyond basic core requirements, students must pass a foundation exam (COT 3960) which covers problem-solving techniques, algorithms, abstraction, proofs, and programming language skills. Tests will be administered each semester. Refer to the computer science website for more information about the foundation exam.

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