Bachelor of science degree

Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

The goal of the Computer Science B.S. program is to provide undergraduate students with a strong foundation in both Computer Science theory and programming practice that is necessary to solve real-world engineering problems. Through the use of state-of-the-art software and hardware, students will learn to develop their theoretical and programming skills in order to allow them to apply these learned techniques to analyze a problem, evaluate possible solutions, and create a solution as part of a program development team.


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Career Opportunities

  • Computer Programmer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Analyst
  • Systems Analyst

Degree Requirements

The School of Engineering and Computing offers seven majors: Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering.


School of Engineering and Computing Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Science in the Computer Science program must complete a minimum of 128 credits including satisfaction of all degree requirements of AIU. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.


Minimum General Education Requirements 36 credits
School Core Requirements 34 credits
Major Requirements 59 credits
Total Credits Required for Degree 128 credits


General Education Requirements

American International University has established seven competencies that form the foundation of the learning outcomes in our courses. Upon successful completion of the General Education program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Global self-awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Quantitative and IT Literacy

With the understanding that our students will specialize in a variety of academic majors, the General Education Program requirements are designed to ensure that all students will acquire experiential and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge in concrete situations as part of their AIU experience. 

Required Computer Science Courses

All computer science students must complete the following courses. Students are responsible for observing all course prerequisites and limitations.

  • Problem Solving & Programming
  • Problem Solving & Programming Laboratory
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Elementary Linear Algebra
  • Programming in Python
  • Discrete Structures in Computer Science
  • Computer Architecture and Organization
  • Algorithm Design and Analysis
  • Computing Theory
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Operating Systems
  • Web Technology
  • Computer Science Seminar
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Introduction to Computer Networking
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Database Management Systems
  • Students must choose one of the following specializations (3 courses):
    • Software and Game Development
    • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
    • Cybersecurity


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