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Prospective Undergraduate Student Guide


At the undergraduate level, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder offers the BS in Computer Science. This degree program prepares students for a wide range of careers in the computing field. It culminates in a senior-year course where students carry out year-long software engineering projects for industry.

There are several typical curricula:

  • a four-year curriculum, suitable for students who start out as Computer Science majors in their first-year;
  • a four-year curriculum for "Open Option" students who become Computer Science majors after their first year;
  • a five-year curriculum that includes two semesters of co-op work; and
  • a five-year curriculum that leads to an MS as well as a BS degree.

In addition, a curriculum with a junior year at the University of East Anglia in Great Britain, or the University of Wollongong in Australia, or some other universities can be arranged. Contact Lesley McDowell if you might be interested.


Information about admission to the University of Colorado Boulder is provided by the Office of Admissions:

Undergraduate students are admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science as a whole, not to any single department within the College. Once admitted to the College, students may declare any of the College's degree programs as their major:

The College also handles intra-university transfers, i.e., transfers from other schools and colleges within CU into the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate tuition and fees for each semester are based on a number of factors, including

  • the college in which a student is enrolled
  • the number of credit hours taken
  • the courses in which a student is enrolled
  • student residency/non-residency in the State of Colorado

The Bursar's Office handles most financial interaction between the University and its students, including that related to tuition and fees. They provide several particularly useful sites that help in determining undergraduate tuition and fees for specific cases:

Financial Aid

Information about scholarships and financial aid is provided by both the

The "Woz Program", funded by Apple Computer founder Steve Wozniak, provides support for budding undergraduate computer wizards. Contact Lesley McDowell to apply.


Information about housing is provided by the University of Colorado Office of Housing.

Disability Services

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to diversity and includes students with disabilities as one of the many groups that make up our campus community. A diverse community broadens our understanding and appreciation for the talents and contributions of each individual. Disability Services provides students with disabilities the tools, reasonable accommodations, and support services to fully participate in the academic environment.

Other Degrees Offered

There are several other related degrees offered by the University of Colorado Boulder that may be of interest:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Students whose main interest lies in hardware may want to consider the degree program in Electrical and Computer Engineering instead, which is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

  • Minor in Computer Science

    A Minor in Computer Science can be combined with any major in the College of Arts and Sciences. It can also be combined with some degree programs in other Colleges; check with your College to be sure.

  • Graduate Degrees in Computer Science

    The Department offers MS, ME, and PhD degrees. If you already have a Bachelor's degree in some other field, a Master's degree in Computer Science may be a more attractive option than a second Bachelor's.

  • Concurrent BS and MS in Computer Science

    The concurrent BS/MS in Computer Science is a five-year degree program leading to both a BS and an MS degree.

More Information

For more information on becoming a College of Engineering and Applied Science student, see the College's prospective student guide:

For more information on becoming a University of Colorado Boulder student, see the University's prospective undergraduate student guide:

For more information specific to the undergraduate program in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, see the Computer Science BS Degree Flier. Contact Undergraduate Program Advisor Lesley McDowell if you have any questions or just want to speak to someone about the program.

See also:
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
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