Academic Catalog

Computer Information Systems, Bachelor of Arts

General Education Courses
I. Communication
Select two of the following:6
Composition I
Composition II
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Mathematics: 1,2
MATH U102Elementary Statistics3
MATH U126Precalculus I3
Natural Science (at least one with the associated lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic and/ or Natural Science:
Select any Natural Science course listed above or:3-4
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
III. Information Technology
Information Technology: 1
CSCI U138Introduction to Computer Technology3
or CSCI U150 Introduction to Computer Science
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Choose one course from each of the following three sections, with three disciplines represented.
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 33
American Sign Language I
Introductory French I
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
American National Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Interpersonal Communication
Leadership Development I
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Select any approved general education course or courses6
Core Major Requirements 1,4
CSCI U200Computer Science I3
CSCI U211Information Systems Hardware and Software3
CSCI U236Python Programming3
or CSCI U238 C++ Programming
CSCI U300Computer Science II3
CSCI U355Digital Forensics3
CSCI U375Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CSCI U412Introduction to Computer Networks and Security3
CSCI U520Database System Design3
CSCI U521Database Implementation, Application and Administration3
CSCI U599Computer Science Senior Seminar3
Supporting Courses 1
MATH U174Elements of Discrete Mathematics3
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Statistics II
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus II
300-level or higher course from MGMT, BADM, MKTG, or LSCM3
Information Systems Electives 1
Select any eight CSCI 300-level or above courses for majors or advisor-approved transfer credit24
Select electives sufficient to reach 120 credit hours13-14
Total Hours120

A minimum grade of C is required in each course indicated.


Students must complete all courses in this category even if they have earned an Associate's degree.


The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.


At least 15 credit hours of Core Major Requirements must be completed at USC Upstate.