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Computer Science

Bachelor of Arts

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Computer science is the body of knowledge dealing with the design, analysis, implementation, efficiency, and application of algorithms. An algorithm is a precise method for solving a problem or transforming information. Students should declare pre-computer science as their major as freshmen, and apply for admission to the department after completing 30 units. Admission is based on pre-computer science performance.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Computer Science requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CSC 127A or CSC 227 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Foundation Mathematics 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CSC 127B or 227 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CSC 245 3
CSC 252 Or CSC 335 3
Third Semester Second Laguage 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CSC 252 Or CSC 335 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
CSC 345 4
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
Upper Division Elective 3
6th Semester
CSC 352 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
7th Semester
CSC 400-489 Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
8th Semester
CSC 400-489 Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of design, analysis, implementation, efficiency, and application of algorithms gained from a major in Computer Science forms a strong career foundation. Graduates in Computer Science can work for a wide variety of employers as programmers, managers, analysts, and security specialists, among other positions. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in computer science or information science and technology, and it provides a marketable skill set to apply to further studies in linguistics, geography, and life sciences.

Potential Career Areas

  • Programming
  • Design
  • Web/systems security
  • Information systems management
  • Team management
  • Data management and analysis
  • Teaching
  • Mapping
  • Modeling
  • Forensics
  • Sales
  • Defense

Sample Employers

  • Businesses
  • Information technology producers/platforms
  • Entertainment technology industry
  • Technology retailers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Technology consulting/design firms
  • Legal offices
  • Medical facilities
  • Government agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Computer Scientist $57,480 - $97,970
Computer Scientist $42,850 - $74,280
Information Security Analyst $49,960 - $86,170
Database Programmer $42,930 - $77,080
Website Developer $33,550 - $62,500
Network Administrator $4,330 - $72,560
Internet/Intranet Programmer $50,000 - $75,000
Computer Forensics Specialist $32,000 - $84,000
Game Designer $35,000 - $75,000
Geoscience Technician $25,000 - $60,000
Systems Analyst $49,950 - $79,680
Computer Cartographer $34,850 - $57,440
Database Administrator $42,930 - $77,080
Information Technology Manager $45,000 - $100,000
Sales Representative $37,270 - $74,970