Dec 09, 2023  
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.S.

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Sisi Li, Ph.D., Program Director

(Note: Courses also offered online)

Bachelor of Science

General Liberal Arts and Sciences  
General Education Requirements* 60 credits
Major Concentration  
Computer Information Systems and Related Courses 47 credits
Open Electives 13 credits
Total 120 credits

Students who choose the major concentration in computer science must complete:


Mercy College’s 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentrations of mathematics, computer science, or computer information systems must be satisfied by courses numbered 200 or above.

Computer science majors who have not had their mathematics core requirement waived should complete MATH 116  and MATH 201  as part of their General Education requirement.

CISC 120  is a Prerequisite for introductory courses in computer science, but may be waived by passing the departmental waiver exam.

Some courses are offered once a year. Please check with the department for the current course offering schedule. Undergraduate students may take a maximum of two graduate level courses to fulfill the major elective requirement.

*CISC 120 /MATH 120 , MATH 131 , MATH 231 , MATH 116  and MATH 201  are prerequisites for the major and must be completed as part of the General Education requirements.

4+1 BS+MS Computer Science Program

The 4+1 B.S./ M.S. Computer Science Program offers a unique opportunity to qualified Mercy College undergraduate Computer Science majors who wish to pursue an M.S. in Computer Science degree at an accelerated pace. Students can choose either the Software Development or the Data Science Specialization in the M.S. program. Incoming students may declare the 4+1 B.S./ M.S. Computer Science program as a freshman or later if they decide to switch to this program.

Upon approval from the Program Director, students may take four graduate-level Computer Science courses (12 credits) while pursuing their B.S. degree. These 12 credits will be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs and will allow a seamless transition for the student into the graduate program. Students who complete the 4+1 B.S./ M.S. Computer Science Program can potentially complete the M.S. degree within one year after completing their B.S. degree. Contact the M.S. Computer Science Program Director for more information. 

Graduate Progression Requirements

In the spring of the third undergraduate year, students in the B.S./ M.S. Computer Science program will be evaluated by the Graduate Computer Science Program Director for a review of their continued qualifications and progression to the M.S. portion of the program.   

Students must have a 3.0 overall and major GPA to progress to the M.S. program in the fourth undergraduate year. For those students who do not meet the GPA requirement, their major will be changed to the B.S. Computer Science and they will be conferred the B.S. degree upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements.

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