The BA in Computer Programming and Applications (CPApp) degree requirements

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: B.A.
Limited Access: Yes
Contact: Lauren Higbee
Address: 203 Love Building
1017 Academic Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4530
Phone: (850) 644-8700 (Higbee)
Email:  (Higbee)

Note to prospective transfer students. Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Description of Major

This major provides a broad-based background sufficient for entry to a career in computing. It provides an applications view of computing, emphasizing the interdependence of programming, object orientation, and software design and engineering. This major develops core competencies in programming, data structures, software engineering, and computer organization. It allows opportunities to study a range of other aspects of computer and information science, such as web programming, mobile programming, cybersecurity, digital forensics, databases and data engineering, data communication and networks, computer and network systems administration, computer systems, and theoretical computer science. Every student can expect to become proficient at programming in C++/C, and Assembly Language. Additionally, students will be exposed to other languages such as Java, Python, C#, Objective-C, SQL, JavaScript, PHP, CSS, HTML, Scheme, and Prolog. This major is available on Tallahassee campus only.

The BA in CPApp program is intended to allow students flexibility in combining computing with other interests. The BA program requires 9 hours of humanities/history beyond Liberal Studies. Students in this program should meet with an advisor to select a minor from an approved list. The BA in CPApp major is not ABET/CAC accredited and is not intended to provide sufficient preparation in computer science theory for graduate work in computer science.

Prerequisite Coursework:
MAC X3111 (4) Calculus I
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level. Foreign language courses are not available via distance learning at FSU.

Admissions/Continuation Requirements to the Major Program of Studies
Students should complete the prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or higher to be considered for entrance to the major program of study. Students must also have completed a minimum of 52 hours of credit and at least half the required hours in Liberal Studies including required English and Math, or an A.A degree. The Computer Science major is limited access. The minimum GPA for acceptance is 2.65 and students in the program must maintain a 2.5 GPA. A student who does not meet these requirements will not be permitted to enter into this major or continue as a major in the department.

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Major Program of Studies at FSU: 52 hours
Computer and math courses (43 hours)
COP 3014 (3) Programming I
COP 3353 (1) Introduction to UNIX
COP 3330 (3) Object-Oriented Programming
CEN 4020 (3) Software Engineering I
CDA 3100 (3) Computer Organization I
COP 4530 (3) Data Structures, Algorithms, and Generic Programming
24 hours of computer science electives, including 6 hours of an upper-division programming language elective for CS majors (not presented in the required course offerings) and at least 21 hours numbered above 3000 (not including CIS 4900).
MAD 2104 (3) Discrete Mathematics I

Additional courses required for the BA program in Computer Science (9 hours)
Nine (9) hours in the fields of humanities and/or history, in addition to the Liberal Studies and the Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement.

Minor. BA in CPApp majors must complete a minimum of 12 hours in an approved minor area.

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major. COP 3014 (3)

Oral Communication Competency: : 0-3 hours. Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may also be met through appropriate high school speech training or another college-level approved course, such as SPC 1017 or SPC 2608 or CIS 4250(3).

Minimum Program Requirements ­Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
Liberal Studies 36*
BA Prerequisite Coursework 9*
BA Major Coursework 52
Minor Coursework 0-12 or more
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*Note: Some prerequisite coursework may also be applied to Liberal Studies requirements in math and science.

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. The B. A. degree requires 9 additional hours in the fields of history and humanities.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Programmer (Scientific, Business, Systems), Technical Writer, Systems Analyst, Operations-Research analyst, Software Engineer, Webmaster, Teacher of High School, Technical support Representative, Manager, Data Processing System Manager, Network Administrator, Sales Representative for Computer or Software Manufacturers.

Representative Employers: Computer Firms, High Schools, Colleges and Universities, Financial Firms, Private Industry, Governmental Agencies.

Updated: Spring 2017