Jun 25, 2018  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Computer Science Major

Program revision, effective Winter 2014

The curriculum offers graduates an extensive background in the major fields of computer science. Graduates will have received the highest degree of preparation for either the pursuit of a graduate degree in the field, or for a career in the computer industry.

Department Information:

Computer Science Department - College of Arts & Sciences

Augustine Ikeji, Ph.D., Department Head

511D Pray Harrold
(734) 487-1063

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Michael Zeiger, Ph.D.

504N Pray Harrold
(734) 487-3203

Pamela Moore, M.S.

512C Pray Harrold
(734) 487-3205


General Studies: 65-69 Hours

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

One course from the following:

  • Any 200- or higher level course offered by the Mathematics Department not oriented specifically toward a teaching specialization (3 hrs)

Science Requirements: 15-18 hours

Four science classes are required.

1. Three of these (with prefix BIOL, CHEM, PHY, or ESSC) must be intended for majors in their respective disciplines, with two classes having the same prefix (e.g., CHEM) and being in sequence.

The various sequences are:

2. The third class intended for majors must have a different prefix (e.g., if the sequence of two were in CHEM, the third would be in BIOL, ESSC, or PHY).

3. Additionally, a fourth science class is required. This class need not be intended for majors in that discipline. This fourth course should have a prefix of BIOL, CHEM, PHY, or PSY (not ESSC).

Option I: Biology

  • An additional course from the Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology department. This course need not be intended for majors in that discipline (3-5 hrs)

Option II: Chemistry

  • An additional course from the Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology department. This course need not be intended for majors in that discipline (3-5 hrs)

Comprehensive Computer Science Curriculum Major: 47 hours

Minor Requirements:

This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.