Computer Science - B.S.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The Computer Science bachelor's degree program is designed to provide a broad overview to the fundamentals of computer science, including software and systems analysis, programming languages, machine architecture, algorithmic thinking, and theoretical foundations of computing. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply knowledge of math, science, engineering and contemporary developments in the fields of software programming, networking, system design, computer science and/or project management.
  • Analyze problems through the use of computer science concepts and processes to formulate, implement and test software-based algorithms.
  • Incorporate historical context and emerging developments in computer science to create adaptable and efficient algorithmic solutions that reflect ethical considerations and global awareness.
  • Use the techniques, skills and emerging tools necessary for analysis and evolution of algorithms in computer science.

Upon completion of the​ Software Engineering specialization (offered at the Providence and North Miami campuses), graduates are expected to:

  • Integrate knowledge, tools and problem-solving skills to carry out the design, creation, maintenance and testing of state-of-the-art software solutions.

Upon completion of the​ Network Engineering specialization (offered at the Providence campus), graduates are expected to:

  • Apply computer science knowledge, skills and tools focused on real-time, finite state machine development methods aimed at creating network products, network designs, troubleshooting plans and advanced protocol tracking.

Modern computer science touches many academic pursuits (i.e., business, economics, the sciences, mathematics, etc.). Computer Science students have the flexibility to truly pursue integrated learning across the university and beyond, made possible by additional elective options with this degree. The benefits of problem-solving and algorithmic thinking can be applied to many intellectual pursuits changing the way students approach problem solving. Coupled with the pragmatic skills of programming and computer internals training, students can be action-oriented in mobilizing and automating problem-solving methods.

In the Software Engineering specialization, the core concepts found in computer science are expanded upon in the pursuit of perfecting the methods and tactics necessary for large-scale software development. Software engineering applies problem-solving methods, data-handling techniques and programming skills to large-scale implementations. Large projects pose unique challenges in terms of specification of problems to be solved, practical application development concerns, testing, project management and documentation. The Software Engineering specialization focuses on learning in these key areas. Programming is comprised of unique skills that separate software engineers from pure computer scientists. Students that complete this specialization are ready to join software development teams and make significant contributions to software product development.

In the Network Engineering specialization, students learn how computer science drives the next level of networking enhancements: application-aware networks, software-driven networks, advanced network security screening/firewalling/packet examination, and data-handling improvements based on advanced-routing algorithms.  Finite state-based programming has always been at the core of networking and is the focus of this program.  Students who complete this specialization are intimately familiar with the evolution of network products, the software internals of switches and routers, and the latest trends in software development specific to this industry. Students are positioned to lead network design teams, benchmark network products, create network products, and analyze network problems from both a software and hardware point of view.

Computer Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
CSIS1000Problem Solving and Programming Concepts4.5
CSIS1101Computer Science I4.5
CSIS1112Computer Science II4.5
CSIS2018Advanced Data Structures4.5
CSIS2023Survey of Programming Languages4.5
CSIS2045Introduction to Operating Systems4.5
ENGN2014Computer Architecture I4.5
ITEC2081Network Protocols I4.5
ITEC3050Information Security4.5
PRMG2010Introduction to Project Management4.5
Major Courses/Specialization
Choose Additional Major Courses or a Specialization listed below†27
Design Project I
HCI/Usable Security
Systems Modeling and Simulation
13.5 credits at the 2000+ level in the following subjects BIO^, CAD¶, CHM±, CSIS, CYB, ECON, ENGN, GDES, ITEC, LEAD, MATH, MGMT, PHY°, PSYC, SCI, SOC
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
ENG2010Introduction to Technical Communication4.5
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I4.5
MATH2020Discrete Mathematics4.5
MGMT2020Organizational Behavior4.5
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 9 credits from the following: *9
Directed Experiential Education **
Technical Solutions Team I
Technical Solutions Team II
College of Engineering & Design Internship ***
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level.
Arts and Humanities9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Social Sciences9
Foundations of Leadership Studies
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, SOC, PSCI or PSYC
A&S Electives 9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
13.5 (9 for students in the Software Engineering specilization) credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.13.5
Total Credits182.5

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

†Specialization in Software Engineering offered in Providence and North Miami
Students must use 4.5 credits of free electives to complete this specialization
Software Verification, Validation, Testing and Security
Design Project I
Software Engineering
Introduction to Embedded Systems
Distributed Systems with TCP/IP
Systems Analysis
Calculus I
†Specialization in Network Engineering offered in Providence Only
Network Protocols II
Distributed Systems with TCP/IP
Router Internals and Integration
Network Security
Wireless Networking
Calculus I

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.