Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Computer Science (B.A., B.S.)


50 or 62 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours


Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)


 For a Computer Science course to be counted toward the major, a grade of “C” or higher is required.

Nondepartmental Requirements (7 hours)


Non-Departmental requirements may also be applied toward a minor or second major.

Artificial Intelligence Specialization, B.A.


  • Core B.A. 26 cr hrs
  • Artificial Intelligence courses 15 cr hrs
  • Artificial Intelligence non-departmental requirements 19 cr hrs

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most vital and fast-growing fields within Computer Science, with impact in every stratum of society. As such, providing expanded programs in AI will help prepare current and future USD students to meet workforce needs in the state, region, and beyond. AI specialization involves courses, such as high-performance computing, distributed systems, machine learning, and data mining. The aforementioned courses are considered to be primer for several different application domains and/or programs, such as biology, medical science and healthcare, physics, chemistry, and business data analytics, just to name a few

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.)


 For a Computer Science course to be counted toward the major, a grade of “C” or higher is required.

Non-departmental Requirements (19 hours) B.S. (No specialization only)


Non-Departmental requirements may also be applied toward a minor or second major. Total of Non-Departmental requirements, Bachelor of Science requirements (B.S.), and South Dakota Board of Regents System General Education Requirements (SGR) natural science and math courses must be at least 30 credit hours.

Artificial Intelligence Specialization, B.S.


63 credit hours required, 120 degree hours
  • BS Core 32 cr hrs
  • Artificial Intelligence courses 12 cr hrs
  • Artificial Intelligence non-departmental courses 19

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most vital and fast-growing fields within Computer Science, with impact in every stratum of society. As such, providing expanded programs in AI will help prepare current and future USD students to meet workforce needs in the state, region, and beyond. AI specialization involves courses, such as high-performance computing, distributed systems, machine learning, and data mining. The aforementioned courses are considered to be primer for several different application domains and/or programs, such as biology, medical science and healthcare, physics, chemistry, and business data analytics, just to name a few.

Non-Departmental Requirements for Artificial Intelligence, B.S. Specialization (19 hours)


B.A./B.S. or B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Options


Undergraduate Computer Science majors may elect to complete both the B.A./B.S. and M.S. concurrently. Students who pursue the accelerated option will be awarded their undergraduate degree first, but may be awarded both degrees upon completion of the graduate requirements. Students may apply for admission to the M.S. program after completing 75 undergraduate credit hours and may begin taking graduate level courses upon completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours and acceptance into the accelerated graduate program. Additional information about the accelerated degree can be found on the accelerated program catalog page  for the M.S. in Computer Science.

Undergraduate Computer Science majors may elect to complete both the B.S. and M.S. concurrently. Students who pursue the accelerated option will be awarded their undergraduate degree first, but may be awarded both degrees upon completion of the graduate requirements. Students may apply for admission to the M.S. program after completing 75 undergraduate credit hours and may begin taking graduate level courses upon completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours and acceptance into the accelerated graduate program. Additional information about the accelerated degree can be found on the accelerated program catalog page  for the M.S. in Artificial Intelligence.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs


USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

Location Matters for Non-Licensure Track Programs


This program is not designed or advertised to lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

USD is permitted to operate under the terms of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) policies and standards in offering online courses/degree programs to residents in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Online courses/programs may also be offered to residents of California (a non-SARA state) because it does not regulate out-of-state public institutions.

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. Please contact a program representative if you have questions regarding supervised field study.

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

For more information, please visit USD’s State Authorization page or contact your admissions counselor.