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B.S. Computer Science

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Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

The Computer Science Program at Norfolk State University is designed to provide students with fundamental training in the theoretical and practical aspects of computer science. Coupled with the program's strong mathematical component, this training provides graduates with the necessary background for employment in a wide variety of computing fields or for smooth entry into graduate level study. 


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) at Norfolk State University is demanding but for good reasons. NSU CS programs are blended with a mix of theoretical and practical concepts. Most courses include a laboratory component that stresses hands-on aspects of the subject. All CS majors are expected to take a substantial amount of courses in mathematics because of the strong correlation between the logical thinking expected in mathematics and its tie with CS. 

Plans of Study

Program Educational Objectives

A graduate of the Undergraduate Computer Science Program at Norfolk State University will be able:

  • To make significant contribution to work products independently and within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • To communicate effectively in oral, written and graphical forms.
  • To pursue advanced study or engage in professional practice within the computing profession.
  • To engage in the practice of life-long learning to educate themselves about advancements and emerging technologies within and surrounding the computing profession.
  • To practice ethical, social and professional behaviors in all endeavors.
  • To apply computing/computer science principles and practices to solve a variety of problems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes starting 2019-20

Upon graduation, computer science students will demonstrate:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.


Student Learning outcomes prior to 2019-20

Upon graduation, computer science students will demonstrate:

A. Ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
B. Ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
C. Ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
D. Ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal 
E. Understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
F. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
G. Ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
H. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
I. Ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices 
J. Ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
K. Ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

General Department Requirements

All students must complete the University's General Education Requirements to qualify for the Bachelor's of Science Degree. Additionally:

  • Computer Science majors must complete at least 120 credits to complete the B.S. degree.
  • Computer Science majors must meet prerequisites or their equivalents prior to enrolling in more advanced Computer Science courses.
  • Computer Science majors must earn at least a grade of "C" in all English, Science, Mathematics and Computer Science courses. In addition, majors with a specialty in Computer Engineering must receive a "C" grade or better in all Engineering courses and majors with a specialty in Information Science must receive a "C" grade or better in all courses taken in the School of Business.

The B.S. degree in Computer Science at Norfolk State University is accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Year Full Time Part Time Total Enrollment Degree Awarded
2012-2013 145 29 274 29
2013-2014 187 26 213 23
2014-2015 146 14 160 30
2015-2016 123 20 143 18
2016-2017 149 13 162 26
2017-2018 141 40 151 19
2018-2019 155 16 171