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B.S. in Computer Science California State University San Marcos




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Computer Science is basically the study of problem-solving on computers. We utilize the power of computers in the problem-solving process while dealing with the constraints of computers. We offer to the undergraduate and graduate student a rich mix of modern computer science courses. Common to these offerings are the power, beauty, and utility of computational thought.

Applications of Computer Science knowledge include almost every field from business to education, from humanities to social sciences, or from natural sciences to engineering. Therefore, the study of Computer Science contains many fields such as computer architecture, programming languages, computer networking, database systems, information management, artificial intelligence and numerical analysis.

The California State University San Marcos undergraduate study in Computer Science emphasizes both theoretical foundations and practical applications. Students will learn algorithms, data structures, software design, the concepts of programming languages, computer organization, and computer architecture. The program stresses analysis and design experiences with substantial laboratory work, including software development. The Computer Science major prepares students for careers in applications programming, systems analysis, and software engineering, as well as for entrance into graduate and professional schools. The Computer Information Systems Option prepares students for positions of responsibility in the commercial environment by combining the appropriate computer courses with substantial coursework in the foundations of business. The Computer Information Systems option emphasizes data processing and programming to solve business-related problems. Being housed in the Computer Science Department, this option emphasizes solid technical knowledge of software and hardware.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Computer Science Option will be able to:

  • Analyze the effects of different choices of algorithms and data structures.
  • Choose the right programming language and/or hardware system for the task at hand.
  • Design, implement and test systems to meet the requirements specified by the requester.
  • Design, implement and document software in a way that facilitates software maintenance activities.
  • Independently acquire new computer-related skills based on previous knowledge.
  • Students completing the Computer Information Systems Option will be able to:
  • Identify, integrate, apply knowledge to design and build a system of reasonable complexity that solves a loosely specified business problem.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications in business.
  • Write technical documents such as specifications, design and user-manuals in appropriate formats.
  • Apply necessary principles and practices of business to complete projects and perform services to meet business objectives.
  • Demonstrate project management skills in group settings.

Career Opportunities

Hundreds of job advertisements looking for Computer Science professionals appear in newspapers, professional magazines and newsletters. Due to the enormous demand, degree holders in Computer Science have multiple paths to reach their career goals. They can easily find jobs with excellent pay in many businesses and industries in positions such as: programmers, system analyst/engineer/managers, software analyst/engineer/managers, database managers, network/telecommunications administrators, customer service representative/managers, computer instructors, technical trainers, technical support, management information system managers, and sales representatives.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study B.S. in Computer Science.

Full Time (Minimum of 120 units)

Tuition fees

$17,216.00 (12,19,452) per year

Given fee includes all mandatory campus fees


21-Jan-20, 31-Aug-20


College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)

Craven Hall 6211,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent with Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following: TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14; IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0; Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible); Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS or TOEFL score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.7.

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