CS Course Guidesheet 2023-24


Students with AP credit for GenEd courses and a strong CS background may take CS 120 and CS 210 in the first semester. Students without prior programming experience should take CS 110 in fall and either CS 120 or CS 210 in the spring. Please consult a CS advisor before attempting CS 120 and CS 210 together. 

These suggested course tracks are based on undergraduate requirements from the class entering in the 2023-24 academic year. These are only suggestions, refer to the University Bulletin for the official requirements for each major.

For archived requirements refer to the University Bulletin Archives. Select the desired year, then click Link to Resource under the heading View Online. 

For more information on graduate-level requirements go here.

Credit Requirements

To receive the BS degree in computer science, students must earn a minimum of 126 credit hours, including transfer credits, with a minimum 2.0 (C) grade-point average in computer science major courses, and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.

Of the minimum 126 semester credits:

  • A minimum of 60 credits must be in liberal arts and sciences courses.
  • A minimum of 40 credits must be earned in Computer Science Watson College.
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be completed at the 300-level or above.

Area Requirements

Communications - 8 Credits

One course that meets the Binghamton Univeristy General Education Composition requirement.


Humanities/Social Science Electives - 20 Credits

A single course cannot be used in both Communications and Humanities/Social Science.

Science - 8 or 10 Credits

The total of the science and free elective credits should be 22 credits.

Select one of the following sequences:




Mathematics - 20 Credits





As well as one elective chosen from the following list.

Mathematics or Science Elective - 4 Credits

Or a scince elective chosen from the courses that meet the General Education Labrotory Science requirement (L)

Free Electives - 12 or 14 Credits

The total of the science and free elective credits should be 22 credits.

At least four credits must be in liberal arts and science. At most one free elective in liberal arts and science may be taken pass/fail instead of a letter grade. At most 2 credits of activity/wellness (S, Y, or B) may be used as free elective credit.

Computer Science - 52 Credits

Computer Science Electives - At least 5 credits.

At least 15 credits of Computer Science electivesmust be chosen, and at least one course must be chosen from each of the areas A, B, and C. Courses in multiple areas count as meeting all the areas indicated. Courses from D and E are optional. At most, one course can be taken from E.

A: Networking and Communications

B: Large Software Development

C: Data and Information Management

D: Other Courses

CS-480, any approved topics course, prequisites will vary by course.

Any future approved CS 400-level course will count as area D and other areas as is appropriate.

E: Internship, Co-op, Research

To count as a CS elective, courses in this area must be taken for a total of 3 credits.

  • CS 395. Computer Science Internship. Prerequisites: CS 220, 310, junior or senior standing and CS Department approval
  • CS 396. Computer Science Co-op. Prerequisites: CS 220, 310, junior or senior standing and CS Department approval
  • CS 499. Undergraduate Research. Prerequisites vary by research area. Requires junior or senior standing, supervision by a Computer Science faculty member, and completion of CS Department approval form.

General Education Requirements

Students must fulfill the General Education Requirements for Computer Science. Students normally complete these requirements within the 126-credit program described above.

Supplemental information regarding the BSCS Degree Requirements

The following information supplements the University Bulletin.

All required Computer Science courses, except CS 101, are offered every semester. The minimum grade in a required Computer Science course must be at least a C- to be allowed to take any Computer Science course, for which it is a prerequisite.

Calculus Topics are broken down as follows:

Humanities/Social Science

May be filled by courses offered by the Division of Humanities, the Division of Social Sciences, the Psychology Department and HDEV courses offered by the College of Community and Public Affairs. Many of the courses taken to meet the General Education requirements will fulfill the Humanities/Social Science requirement.


Students who are strong in math are encouraged to take MATH 330 (Number Systems) instead of MATH 314 (Discrete Mathematics). Students with a strong math background may take MATH 381 (Graph Theory) as their Math elective. MATH 448 (Mathematical Statistics) may be taken to substitute MATH 327, but it has a prerequisites of MATH 323 and MATH 447.

Free Electives

May be filled by extra courses from any of the areas listed above, SOM courses, or additional Computer Science courses. A maximum of 2 HWS credits may be counted as Free Elective credits. At least four free elective credits must be in Liberal Arts and Science in order to ensure the 60 credits needed for a BS degree. CS 110 counts as a free elective.

Prerequisites for Computer Science Courses

The MATH and CS pre-requisites must have a grade of at least C-, except CS 301

  • CS 101: None
  • CS 110: MATH 225
  • CS 120: CS 110, MATH 225
  • CS 210: CS 110, MATH 225
  • CS 220: CS 120, 210
  • CS 310: CS 120, 210, MATH 226
  • CS 301: CS 101, Gen Ed C/J course, CS 220 or 310
  • CS 320: CS 220
  • CS 350: CS 220, 310, 301
  • CS 373: CS 210, MATH 314 or 330
  • CS 375: CS 310, MATH 227, 314 or 330, CS 301
  • CS 402: CS 220, 310
  • CS 415: CS 350, 375, MATH 327 or 448
  • CS 424: CS 350, 375
  • CS 426: CS 320 or 350
  • CS 427: CS 350, 375
  • CS 428: CS 350
  • CS 432: CS 375
  • CS 433: CS 375
  • CS 435: CS 375, MATH 304, 327 or 448
  • CS 436: CS 375, MATH 327 or 448
  • CS 440: CS 310, 350
  • CS 441: CS 210, 375
  • CS 442: CS 210, 375
  • CS 444: CS 320 or 350 or 375
  • CS 445: CS 350 or 375
  • CS 447: CS 220, 310, 320 or 350
  • CS 451: CS 350
  • CS 452: CS 350
  • CS 453: CS350
  • CS 455: CS 375
  • CS 456: CS 375
  • CS 457: CS 350
  • CS 458: CS 350, 375
  • CS 459: CS 375, MATH 327 or 448
  • CS 460: CS 375
  • CS 465: CS 375
  • CS 471: CS 373, 375
  • CS 472: CS 373, 375
  • CS 476: CS 210, 320, 350