# Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Thread: Theory & Systems and Architecture

The Threads™ represent partial paths through the curriculum. Thus, a student weaves a degree from these Threads. Students are not forced to make Thread decisions very early in their academic careers; however, they may if they want. We define the Threads so they are flexible enough to allow for a variety of technical and creative experiences. Threads are coherent enough that students develop computing skills even if their focus shifts as they go along.

The Systems and Architecture thread is where many of the practical skills of computing are learned. Like Theory, Systems and Architecture lies at the center of computing. It prepares students to create and evaluate computer architectures, systems, and languages across a variety of paradigms and approaches.

The Theory thread is where computing meets itself. Theory teaches students the theoretical and mathematical foundations underlying a wide range of computational disciplines. Early preparation includes discrete mathematics, algorithms, and complexity. Knowledge goals are for students to mature in development and analysis of abstract models for applications ranging from theoretical computer science to computational physics, biology, mathematics, economics, and optimization.

Code | Title | Credit Hours |
---|---|---|

Wellness | ||

APPH 1040 | Sci Foundation of Health | 2 |

or APPH 1050 | Sci of Phys Act & Health | |

Core A - Essential Skills | ||

ENGL 1101 | English Composition I | 3 |

ENGL 1102 | English Composition II | 3 |

MATH 1552 | Integral Calculus | 4 |

Core B - Institutional Options | ||

CS 1301 | Intro to Computing ^{1} | 3 |

Core C - Humanities | ||

Any HUM | 6 | |

Core D - Science, Math, & Technology | ||

PHYS 2211 | Intro Physics I ^{2} | 4 |

Lab Science ^{2} | 4 | |

MATH 1551 | Differential Calculus | 2 |

MATH 1554 | Linear Algebra ^{4} | 4 |

Core E - Social Sciences | ||

Choose one of the following: | 3 | |

United States to 1877 | ||

United States since 1877 | ||

American Government | ||

Government of the U.S. | ||

US Constitutional Issues | ||

Any SS | 9 | |

Core F - Courses Related to Major | ||

Lab Science ^{2} | 4 | |

CS 1100 | Freshman Leap Seminar | 1 |

CS 1331 | Intro-Object Orient Prog ^{1} | 3 |

CS 1332 | Data Struct & Algorithms ^{1} | 3 |

CS 2050 | Intro Discrete Math CS ^{1} | 3 |

or CS 2051 | Honors Discrete Math CS | |

MATH 2550 | Intro Multivariable Calc ^{4} | 2 |

Major Requirements | ||

CS 2340 | Objects and Design ^{1} | 3 |

CS 4001 | Computing & Society ^{1} | 3 |

or CS 4002 | Robots and Society | |

or CS 4726 | Privacy Tech Policy Law | |

or SLS 3110 | Tech and Sustain Community | |

Junior Design Options (Capstone) | ||

Junior Design Option ^{1,3} | 6 | |

Concentration | ||

CS 2110 | Computer Organiz&Program ^{1} | 4 |

CS 2200 | Systems and Networks ^{1} | 4 |

CS 3210 | Design-Operating Systems ^{1} | 3 |

CS 3220 | Processor Design ^{1} | 3 |

CS 3510 | Dsgn&Analysis-Algorithms ^{1} | 3 |

or CS 3511 | Algorithms Honors | |

ECE 2031 | Digital Design Lab ^{1} | 2 |

CS 4510 | Automata and Complexity ^{1} | 3 |

CS 4540 | Advanced Algs ^{1} | 3 |

Select one of the following for Systems Software Tools: ^{1} | 3 | |

Intro to Software Engr | ||

Compilers & Interpreters | ||

Select one of the following for Advanced Systems Architectures: ^{1} | 3 | |

Adv Operating Systems | ||

Embedded Systems | ||

Advanced Computer Org | ||

MATH 3406 | Second Course Linear Alg ^{1} | 3 |

Select one of the following for Advanced Mathematics: ^{1} | 3 | |

Intro to Graph Theory | ||

Combinatorial Analysis | ||

Intro To Number Theory | ||

Other Required Courses | ||

MATH 3012 | Applied Combinatorics | 3 |

Select one of the following: ^{ } | 3 | |

Probability & Statistics | ||

Statistics and Applns | ||

Statistics& Applications | ||

Statistics& Applications | ||

Probability With Apps and Basic Statistical Meth | ||

Free Electives | ||

Free Electives | 8 | |

Total Credit Hours | 126 |

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives (max 6 credit hours), CS 1100, and CS 1171 (if required)

^{1} | Minimum grade of a C required. |

^{2} | Two of three lab sciences MUST be a sequence. |

^{3} | Junior Design Options are as follows (students must pick one option and may not change): - Option 1 - LMC 3432, LMC 3431, CS 3311,CS 3312.
- Option 2 - ECE VIP courses and LMC 3403.
- Option 3 - Satisfy Georgia Tech Research Option.
- Option 4- CS 2701 (3 hours), CS 4699-I2P (3 hours), LMC 3403 (3 hours) = 9 hours OR CS 4699- I2P (6 hours), LMC 3403 (3 hours) = 9 hours
Six credits of the Junior Design option are used as Major Requirements and the overage credits of research/VIP (5 credit hours/2 credit hours) may be used as free electives. Students completing VIP for their junior design requirement will be required to complete at least three semesters of VIP. (VIP 1 + VIP 2 + VIP 3) (for a total of 5 credit hours) + LMC 3403 = 8 hours of VIP credit. Students using CREATE-X for junior design take at least 6 hours of CREATE-X Start-ip Lab and Idea 2 Prototype (I2P) and 3 of the 6 hours must be I2P. Students take these 6 hours with LMC 3403 (3 hours) for a total of 9 hours. Extra three hours for CREATE-X option can be used in free electives. |

^{4} | Two credit hours of MATH 1554 may count along with MATH 2550 to give Area F 18 credit hours. |

## Cooperative Programs

The College of Computing participates in the undergraduate and graduate Cooperative Programs. See links below for further Information:

## International Plan

The College of Computing has an approved BS CS International Plan that accommodates the unique requirements of this option discussed in the International Plan section of the catalog.

However, due to the flexible nature of the Threads curriculum, the International Plan designation may not be available with all of the Thread combinations. Efforts will be made to work with interested students to accommodate their individual circumstances with regard to the International Plan designator for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

## Research Option

To complete the Research Option in the College of Computing, students must:

- Complete at least nine units of undergraduate research
- Over at least two, preferably three terms
- Research may be for either pay or credit;

- Write an undergraduate thesis/report of research on their findings;
- Take

### Research Classes

The following classes count toward fulfillment of the Research Option:

#### Research for Credit

Code | Title | Credit Hours |
---|---|---|

CS 2699 | Undergraduate Research (Freshman and Sophomore) | 1-12 |

CS 4699 | Undergraduate Research (Junior and Senior) | 1-12 |

CS 4980 | Research Capstone Proj | 1-21 |

#### Research for Pay (Audit only)

Code | Title | Credit Hours |
---|---|---|

CS 2698 | Research Assistantship (Freshman and Sophomore) | 1-12 |

CS 4698 | Research Assistantship (Junior and Senior) | 1-12 |

To get credit toward completion of the Research Option for research for pay, students must be registered for the appropriate audit-only, research for pay class (CS 2698 or 4698). If work on research for pay begins after the close of registration and the student has not signed up for the appropriate class, unfortunately it is not possible to get credit toward the Research Option for work that term.

A research project will also fulfill the capstone design requirement if the student registers for CS 4980 for one of the research terms. This is typically done the last semester of research, while taking LMC 4702.

Completion of the Research Option is noted on the student's transcript. For more information, see www.urop.gatech.edu.

## BS/MS in Computer Science

Students who want to pursue

the BS/MS option must apply to the MSCS program after completing at least 60 hours of work towards the BSCS degree. Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4. This GPA must be maintained for the student to take graduate level courses.

Students admitted to the program will take 6 hours during their final undergraduate year to double count in both their BSCS and MSCS degrees; they should choose 3 hours of MS Core or Elective hours their fall semester and 3 hours of MS Core or Elective hours their spring semester that can count toward their thread hours and CS Specialization hours.

Visit College of Computing for more information.