Major in Computer Science

The Computer Science major requires 81-83 units to be earned with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. A minimum of 30 major units must be taken at Towson University. Students cannot double major in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems, or in Computer Science and Information Technology.

Required Computer Science Courses
CIS 377INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY3
COSC 236INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I 14
COSC 237INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II4
COSC 290PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTER ORGANIZATION4
COSC 336DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS4
COSC 350DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING3
COSC 412SOFTWARE ENGINEERING3
COSC 439OPERATING SYSTEMS3
COSC 455PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION3
COSC 457DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS3
Required Math Courses
MATH 263DISCRETE MATHEMATICS3-4
or MATH 267 INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT MATHEMATICS
MATH 273CALCULUS I4
MATH 274CALCULUS II4
MATH 330INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL METHODS4
Elective Computer Science Courses
Select at least two of the following:6
INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY OF COMPUTING
REQUIREMENTS ANALYSIS & MODELING
OBJECT-ORIENTED DESIGN & PROGRAMMING
COMPUTER SIMULATION & MODELING
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
FOUNDATIONS OF DATA MINING
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
DESIGN & ANALYSIS ALGORITHMS
Select at least two of the following:6
INTERNSHIP IN COSC
INDEPENDENT STUDY
SELECTED TOPICS COMPUTER SCIENCE
MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
OPERATING SYSTEMS SECURITY
SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE AND TESTING
NETWORK SECURITY
APPLICATION SOFTWARE SECURITY
ROBOTICS
WEB-BASED PROGRAM
Science Requirement
Select two lab science courses from the following (the courses do not need to form a sequence):8
THE SKY AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM
STARS, GALAXIES, AND THE EARLY UNIVERSE
BIOLOGY I: INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LAB]
INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
GENERAL PHYSICS I CALCULUS-BASED
GENERAL PHYSICS II CALCULUS-BASED
Elective Math Course
Select one from the following:3-4
ELEMENTARY LINEAR ALGEBRA
CALCULUS III
INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOGRAPHY
APPLIED COMBINATORICS
INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT ALGEBRA
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
MATHEMATICAL MODELS
EXPERIMENTAL MATHEMATICS
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I
OPERATIONS RESEARCH
GRAPH THEORY
Other Requirements
Must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.
COMM 131PUBLIC SPEAKING (Core 5)3
COSC 418ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL CONCERNS OF COMPUTER SCIENTISTS (Core 14)3
ENGL 317WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY (Core 9)3
Total Units81-83
1

COSC 175 is a prerequisite for COSC 236

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COMM 131 (Core 5)3COSC 2374
COSC 23614MATH 2744
MATH 273 (Core 3)4Lab-Science (from approved list) (Core 7)4
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 14 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COSC 3364COSC 2904
MATH 263 or 2673COSC 4123
Lab-Science (from approved list) (Core 8)4MATH 3304
Core 63Core 103
Core 123 
 17 14
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 3773COSC 4393
COSC 3503COSC 4553
COSC 4573Math Elective3-4
ENGL 317 (Core 9)3Core 133
Core 113Elective3
 15 15-16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COSC Elective (from approved list)3COSC 418 (Core 14)3
COSC Elective (from approved list)3COSC Elective (from approved list)3
Core 43COSC Elective (from approved list)3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120-121
1

COSC 175 and (MATH 119 or MATH 231 or a qualifying score in the Math placement test) is needed as a prerequisite to COSC 236.

  1. An ability to analyze a problem, and to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.  
  2. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline. 
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information.  
  4. An ability to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.  
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and produce deliverables. 
  6. An ability to apply theory in the design and implementation of computer-based solutions.
  7. An ability to reason about and explain computer-based solutions at multiple levels of abstraction.