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Computer Science (B.S.C.S.)

Computer science professionals are in high demand. The ODU BSCS program can prepare you to thrive in software development, computer science, and other related professions or graduate programs. Gain exposure to the basis of computer science in mathematics, logic, and engineering, as well as the experimental and design aspects of the computer science discipline. Explore more specialized topics such as network and database administration, information security analysis, and more. BSCS program graduates are equipped to apply their knowledge to related computing domains and ready to meet new technical challenges in the field.

Computer Science (B.S.C.S.)


Description


What is Computer Science at ODU like?

Computer science professionals are in high demand. The ODU BSCS program can prepare you to thrive in software development, computer science, and other related professions or graduate programs. Gain exposure to the basis of computer science in mathematics, logic, and engineering, as well as the experimental and design aspects of the computer science discipline. Explore more specialized topics such as network and database administration, information security analysis, and more. BSCS program graduates are equipped to apply their knowledge to related computing domains and ready to meet new technical challenges in the field.

Program Highlights


What makes Computer Science at ODU unique?

  • Students acquire a strong foundation in computer science for careers in the professional workforce, academic research, and entrepreneurship. Courses are provided in both live (face to face) and online formats, providing flexibility and exposure to modern communication and collaborative environments.

  • ODU Computer Science majors are the problem solvers of the future. Leveraging a unique academic computational infrastructure, students learn emerging software development approaches through theory-centric and application-centric coursework. The capstone course sequence is mentored by multi-disciplinary groups of faculty and industry experts. Accelerated linked programs (BS to MS) and undergraduate research are popular paths, with multiple scholarships aimed at diverse populations. The educational focal points are community, communication, career, and student success.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer Programmers

$87,530

MEDIAN SALARY


Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Web Administrators

$91,080

MEDIAN SALARY


Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$86,340

MEDIAN SALARY


Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Software Developers, Applications

$106,710

MEDIAN SALARY


Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Google, IBM, Facebook, Amazon, Linked-In, ADP, Dominion Enterprises, Anthem, Newport News Shipbuilding

Courses


What are some courses offered in Computer Science at ODU?

CS 480:
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence


Laboratory work required. Introduction to concepts, principles, challenges, and research in major areas of AI. Areas of discussion include: natural language and vision processing, machine learning, machine logic and reasoning, robotics, expert and mundane systems. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CS 361.

CS 418:
Web Programming


Laboratory work required. Overview of Internet and World Wide Web; web servers and security, HTTP protocol; web application and design; server side scripts and database integration, and programming for the Web. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CS 312 and CS 330.

CS 432:
Web Science


Provides an overview of the World Wide Web and associated decentralized information structures, focusing mainly on the computing aspects of the Web: how it works, how it is used, and how it can be analyzed. Students will examine a number of topics including: web architecture, web characterization and analysis, web archiving, Web 2.0, social networks, collective intelligence, search engines, web mining, information diffusion on the web, and the Semantic Web. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CS 361 and CS 330.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Computer Science at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Computer Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Financial Aid


M-MARC U*STAR, paid undergraduate research positions, employment as part of our systems administration staff, professional paid internships

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Chief Departmental Advisor


Name:

Janet Brunelle


Location:

3210 ENGR & COMP SCI BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7714


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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