Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Computer Science

This is an archived copy of the 2021-2022 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit

College of Natural and Behavioral and Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Program Description

The modern electronic digital computer has become the indispensable tool of government, commerce and technology because of its enormous appetite for data and its near instantaneous processing speed. Computer Science is the discipline of designing methods for solving problems by means of such computers. The subject involves a surprising amalgam of logic, mathematics, engineering, electronics, communications and ergonomics.

The curriculum is designed to provide preparation for professional careers in the areas of software design and applied computer science, as well as to give the necessary theoretical background for graduate study in the field and to allow a flexible response to a dynamic and growing profession. The required courses give students a firm foundation in the basic areas of computer science and related areas of mathematics, and a wide choice of electives allow them to tailor their program to their specific interests.

The baccalaureate program (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science) is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700. The programs accredited by the Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology are accredited as separate and distinct from any other programs or kinds of accreditation.


The University's location in the South Bay area of greater Los Angeles provides direct access to many major government contractors, manufacturers, and international centers of commerce and finance. This provides excellent opportunities for work-study and early job placement.

Our highly qualified full-time faculty are supplemented by talented and dedicated part-time faculty drawn from local firms and schools. Good teaching and easy on-campus access to professional quality computing systems enhances a degree program that provides both a solid core curriculum and a broad range of electives.

All courses are offered alternatively day and evening so that students may complete their programs by enrolling at either time exclusively.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Computer Science provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills at least 24 of which taken in Computer Science major;
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.5 in all upper division courses in the Computer Science major completed in residence at CSUDH;
  3. Recommendation by Computer Science faculty.

Students who achieve Honors in Computer Science will have the information recorded on their transcripts and diplomas.

Academic Advisement

Faculty guidance in the development of career goals and program planning to achieve those goals is available to all majors.


Students entering the computer science program should have completed high school mathematics through trigonometry. Remediation is available but will delay the student's progress towards a Computer Science Degree.

This is a demanding program that places a premium on the student's initiative and effort.

Student Organizations

Contact departmental office for membership information, or visit the websites:

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Cyber Security
Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI)