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Computer Science Academic Programs



The Computer Science Program at Norfolk State University is designed to provide students with fundamental training in the theoretical and practical aspects of computer science. Coupled with the program's strong mathematical component, this training provides graduates with the necessary background for employment in a wide variety of computing fields or for smooth entry into graduate level study.

The B.S. degree in Computer Science at Norfolk State University is accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (

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    A graduate of the Undergraduate Computer Science Program at Norfolk State University will be able:
  1. To make significant contribution to work products independently and within multi-disciplinary teams.
  2. To communicate effectively in oral, written and graphical forms.
  3. To pursue advanced study or engage in professional practice within the computing profession.
  4. To engage in the practice of life-long learning to educate themselves about advancements and emerging technologies within and surrounding the computing profession.
  5. To practice ethical, social and professional behaviors in all endeavors.
  6. To apply computing/computer science principles and practices to solve a variety of problems.


    Upon graduation, computer science students will demonstrate an:
  1. Ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  2. Ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  3. Ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  4. Ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  5. Understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
  6. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  7. Ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  9. Ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices
  10. Ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
  11. Ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity


All students must complete the University's General Education Requirements to qualify for the Bachelor's of Science Degree. Additionally:

  • Computer Science majors must complete at least 120 credits to complete the B.S. degree.
  • Computer Science majors must meet prerequisites or their equivalents prior to enrolling in more advanced Computer Science courses.
  • Computer science majors must earn at least a grade of "C" in all English, Science, Mathematics and Computer Science courses. In addition, majors with a specialty in Computer Engineering must recieve a "C" grade or better in all Engineering courses and majors with a specialty in Information Science must recieve a "C" grade or better in all courses taken in the School of Business.
The B.S. degree in Computer Science at Norfolk State University is accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (