Bachelor of Science in computer science

    Computer Science

    Immerse yourself in an environment filled with analytical thinkers, solution-driven developers, state-of-the-art software and hardware, and industry-leading faculty. The bachelor of science in computer science at Wayne State University establishes a strong foundation in computer science theory, programming practice, technical communication and team collaboration. 

    Here, you'll solve real-world computer science problems and gain firsthand experience working with industry leaders and exciting startups. You'll prepare to pursue further study at the master's level or to land feet-first in your dream career.

    What you'll learn in computer science

    With a bachelor's in computer science from Wayne State University, you'll be equipped to:

    • Apply the principles of computer science, mathematics and scientific investigation to solve real-world problems appropriate to the discipline. 
    • Cultivate lifelong learning skills and successfully adapt to evolving technologies throughout your professional career.
    • Pursue employment and advanced studies through significant experience developing complex software to solve real-world problems.
    • Build teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills for your professional career.
    • Make ethical and responsible decisions with regard to social, global, legal, security and professional issues related to computing.

    Curriculum for the B.S. in computer science

    Establish comprehensive technical skills and hands-on experience at Wayne State University. You'll earn 98 credits in computer science, mathematics, engineering, physics and technical communications, plus 22 credits of general education courses. We also offer a co-op work-study program where you can gain paid, on-the-job engineering experience with a notable employer.

    In the bachelor of science in computer science program, you'll learn systems, ethics and theory while applying skills in Java, Python, SQL and more. You'll also develop strategies for learning and writing new programs, meaning you'll be prepared for success in the rapidly evolving world of computer science. 

    Review the B.S. in computer science course list.

    Real-world experiences and opportunities in computer science

    Take your classroom experience to work with Wayne State University's internship and co-op placements. In global corporations and small independent firms, you'll collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and build professional networks that last long into your career. In fact, nearly 40% of Wayne State engineering graduates who secure a job before graduation do so through an experiential learning placement.

    Explore Wayne State's internship opportunities.

    You'll also have opportunities to advance your studies and become a leader in computer science through multidisciplinary and translational research. Alongside faculty advisors and fellow students, you'll apply principles and theories to research models that could impact our understanding of new technologies and their effects, from renewable energy to sustainable development to medical advances. 

    Discover undergraduate research at Wayne State University.

    Fast track your M.S. with AGRADE (4+1)

    Our Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program can give you a head start on your master’s degree. If you qualify after completing at least 90 credits of coursework, you will work with your undergraduate advisor and graduate program officer to develop a plan of work from which 16 credits of coursework apply toward both your B.S. and M.S. at Wayne State. 

    The AGRADE program allows you to save money — you can complete the coursework at the lower undergraduate tuition rates — and time, meaning you can graduate with your master’s up to two semesters early.

    Career outlook for individuals with a B.S. in computer science

    Launch your career in software design, intelligent systems, big data systems and analytics, computer systems and network design, software system security, bioinformatics, and more with a bachelor's in computer science. At Wayne State University, we'll equip you for careers in academia, industry, government, community spaces, and graduate studies in roles like:

    • Business analyst
    • Cloud computing engineer
    • Cybersecurity consultant
    • Data scientist
    • Database administrator
    • Game developer
    • Information security analyst
    • Information technology specialist
    • Research and development scientist
    • Software developer
    • Software engineer
    • Systems analyst
    • User interface designer
    • Web developer

    ABET accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science in computer science program at Wayne State University is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Computer Science and Similarly Named Computing Programs.

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    Learn more about Wayne State University's computer science program outcomes and ABET accreditation.

    Admission requirements

    To apply as a first-year student, follow our streamlined application process. SAT and ACT scores are optional!

    Students can now transfer unlimited credits as long as they earn a minimum of 30 credits at WSU and CS requires at least 28 credits of CSC coursework. Review our guide for community college transfer students for more on how to navigate the process.

    Our application deadlines are:

    • Fall (September–December) -  Aug. 1
    • Winter (January–April) - Dec. 1
    • Spring/summer (May–August) - April 1

    Learn more about Wayne State's B.S. in computer science 

    The bachelor of science in computer science degree at Wayne State University empowers you with theory, skills and proficiency to thrive in your career. With broad interdisciplinary knowledge and hands-on experience, you'll stand out in the fast-paced computer science industry and you'll connect with a global network of Wayne State  alumni who are leaders in the field.

    Wayne State has offered me a wonderful education and an amazing amount of student organizations that cater to each individual, allow you to connect with many diverse people and help you get a job before you graduate.

    Zahra’a Hussain

    BSCS '21 and current MS Robotics student