Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$371 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Delivery
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. in Computer Science – Online

Curriculum

The online coursework in Oregon State’s online bachelor’s program in computer science will immerse you in the study of algorithms and problem-solving – problems that apply to every scientific, engineering and mathematical field.

With a computer science degree from OSU, your skills will range from programming a custom sensor board all the way up to coordinating cloud data centers full of servers.

Degree requirements

minimum of 180 quarter credits  including at least 60 upper-division credits  are required to earn your bachelor’s in computer science online. Major requirements and curriculum information are available on the academic catalog.

For details about OSU’s Baccalaureate Core, please visit our bacc core details page.

Applied computer science option

This program features an applied computer science option that focuses on security issues, where you'll develop a proactive, defensive mindset and learn how to design systems that are resistant to compromise.

Alternatively, once enrolled, you may request approval to design a unique course of study within the applied computer science option. If approved, you can develop a cohesive focus area and shape your degree to your particular interest or needs.

Sample course topics

  • Programming fundamentals
  • Databases
  • Mobile and web development
  • Software engineering
  • Computer systems and networking
  • Network security
  • Cryptography
  • Computer forensics
  • Theory of computation
  • Operating systems
  • Social and ethical issues in computer science

Additional program features

Capstone

You will complete a three-term, online course sequence that exposes you to the challenges of engineering design and project management. Learn more about the capstone senior design project on the EECS website.

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

Add a minor or undergraduate certificate

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your bachelor's degree program. Oregon State offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine your computer science degree with a minor in business and entrepreneurship or resource economics to create an even more powerful résumé that’s fit for today's job market.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate certificate in fields such as cybersecurity. Specialize in the design, implementation, evaluation and management of secure systems and stand out as a leader in the field of cybersecurity.

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