Computer Science Major (B.A.)

The computer science program combines a solid foundation in computing necessary to succeed in today's start-up and high-tech environments. The program is designed in response to market demand for students proficient in computer science.

Students in the computer science program gain real-world experience through extensive project work and opportunities to interact with industry experts through internships and sponsored research.

Career prospects for students with an undergraduate computer science degree are varied, and may include such areas as applications developer, computer and information research scientist, data security specialist, database administrator, database developer, multimedia developer, network architect, product development manager, quality assurance analyst, software systems developer, user experience designer, or web developer.

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years of graduation, a CS student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the core areas of computer science
  • Invent, develop, manage, and evaluate computing systems and services
  • Exercise professional responsibility and have appreciation of the social, legal, ethical, and cultural issues inherent in the computing field.

For additional information about the computer science program, contact Michael Jonas or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in computer science must complete 128 credits to graduate, satisfy the University's Discovery Program, and complete 69 credits in the major with a minimum of C- in each course. Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Transfer students who elect to major in computer science must earn 69 approved credits for completion of the major, of which at least 24 credits must be completed at UNH Manchester.

Mathematics and Science 1
COMP 500Discrete Structures4
COMP 570Statistics in Computing and Engineering4
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 645Linear Algebra for Applications4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
Computing Core
COMP 415Mobile Computing First and For Most4
COMP 424Applied Computing 1: Foundations of Programming4
COMP 430Systems Fundamentals4
COMP 525Data Structures Fundamentals4
COMP 530Machine and Network Architecture4
COMP 560Ethics and the Law in the Digital Age4
COMP 625Data Structures and Algorithms4
COMP 630Systems Software4
Project and Professional Practice 2
COMP 690Internship Experience4
COMP 790Capstone Project4
or COMP 791 Senior Thesis
UMST 582Internship and Career Planning Seminar1
Computing Topics 38
Select two from the following:
Full Stack Development
Information Security
Database Systems and Technologies
Programming Languages
Machine Learning Applications and Tools
Total Credits69

The program requires four mathematics courses and one physics course.


The program prepares students for the workforce and further education in a holistic way by emphasizing communication, collaboration, team work, initiative, appreciation for diversity, and self-direction and responsibility. 


Advisor permission required.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
COMP 424 Applied Computing 1: Foundations of Programming 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
UMST 401 First Year Seminar 2
Discovery Course 4
COMP 415 Mobile Computing First and For Most 4
COMP 430 Systems Fundamentals 4
COMP 570 Statistics in Computing and Engineering 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Second Year
COMP 500 Discrete Structures 4
COMP 525 Data Structures Fundamentals 4
Discovery Course 4
Foreign Language 4
COMP 530 Machine and Network Architecture 4
COMP 560 Ethics and the Law in the Digital Age 4
MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications 4
Discovery Course 4
Third Year
COMP 625 Data Structures and Algorithms 4
UMST 582 Internship and Career Planning Seminar 1
Discovery Course 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
COMP 630 Systems Software 4
COMP 690 Internship Experience 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective Course 4
Fourth Year
COMP Topic Course 4
COMP Topic Course 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
COMP 790 Capstone Project 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
 Total Credits131
  • Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

The student learning outcomes are aligned with criteria for accrediting computer science programs as recommended by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission and the ACM Computing Curricula – CS 2013 Computer Science guidelines.