Computer Science - B.S.

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 campus), 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
CSIS1101Computer Science I3
CSIS1112Computer Science II3
CSIS2018Advanced Data Structures3
CSIS2023Survey of Programming Languages3
CSIS2030Database Concepts3
CSIS2045Introduction to Operating Systems3
CYB2010Computer Architecture with Assembly Language Programming3
ITEC2081Network Protocols I3
ITEC3050Information Security with Cryptography3
PRMG2010Introduction to Project Management & Project Membership3
Major Courses/Specialization
Choose additional major courses or a specialization listed below†18
Design Project I
HCI/Usable Security
Systems Modeling and Simulation
9 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
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
Directed Experiential Education D
College of Engineering & Design Internship Ic
Technical Solutions Design Project
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
ENG2010Introduction to Technical Communication3
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I3
MATH2020Discrete Mathematics3
MGMT2020Organizational Behavior3
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT or REL
Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Social Sciences6
Foundations of Leadership Studies
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
A&S Electives 6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
9 (6 for students in the Software Engineering specialization) credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university9
Total Credits123.0
†Software Engineering Specialization
Students must use 3 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
†Network Engineering Specialization
Network Protocols II
Distributed Systems with TCP/IP
Router Internals and Integration
Network Security
Wireless Networking
Calculus I

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Note: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math courses.

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!


Johnson & Wales University holistically reviews all elements of a student’s application to identify those students most likely to succeed at the university.

For students applying as a first-year student, a completed application and high school transcript(s) are required, except in circumstances where a student is homeschooled or where the traditional high school transcript is, for various reasons, not available. For students applying as a transfer student, a completed application, high school and/or college transcript(s) is required for admissions review.

Successful candidates for first year admission have taken a high school, college preparatory academic program including English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. The Computer Science program requires students to have successfully completed Algebra II or higher level math class.  Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student. Other considerations are made based upon recommendations, writing ability and extracurricular activities.

Visiting campus, both in‐person or virtually, and interacting with admissions staff are all valuable ways of assuring that JWU is the right university for you.

J2 Program

The JWU J2 program allows qualified students enrolled in a matriculating undergraduate program to take graduate level courses at JWU. Students interested in pursuing this option should meet with their academic advisor to discuss their interest, qualifications, and plans. The undergraduate student may take up to four graduate courses (maximum 12 credits) and are limited to 6 credits a semester and 3 credits per session (Fall Session I and Fall Session II). 

The completion of graduate credits to fulfill undergraduate program requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program after completion of the baccalaureate degree. Matriculating undergraduate students who wish to formally enroll in a graduate program, must fulfill all requirements for entrance into the intended graduate program and complete a graduate program application. 

Note: Not all graduate courses are included as part of this policy. Courses offered as part of the Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and doctoral courses are excluded from this policy and are restricted to program majors only. Additional courses and/or programs as determined by individual colleges may also have restricted access.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to enroll in graduate level courses (excludes: Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, doctoral courses and other programs as outlined by the colleges).

Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

·       Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher

·       Completed & registered undergraduate credits at least 90 credits

·       Meet the individual course prerequisites

Appeal to Eligibility Criteria: College Dean or designee will receive a copy of the Petition Form, Student's GPS and email requesting appeal if the student requests to appeal the GPA or earned/registered credit criteria. College Dean / designee will review and determine approval.  

These courses carry graduate credit and will replace undergraduate degree requirements when applicable, traditionally free-electives (maximum of 12 credits). The course will be applied to the undergraduate degree in the order in which they are taken (if required) and will also be applied towards both the students undergraduate and graduate GPA.

Students should maintain enrollment in at least 12 credits of undergraduate coursework to maintain full-time status; graduate course enrollment is not calculated into undergraduate full-time status. For students already attending full-time as undergraduates (12 credits or more) and paying the full-time tuition, the graduate credits will be included in full-time tuition fee. Students attending part-time (11 credits or less) will pay the cost per-credit undergraduate tuition for the graduate course.

Course registration will be based on space availability and students enrolled in graduate level courses will be required to maintain good academic standing at the undergraduate and graduate level.