The Bachelor of Computing (Honours) in Computer Science or BComp (CS) programme aims to nurture students for a rewarding computing career in various industry sectors. Suitable for those who love hands-on work and keen to apply computing technologies to solve real-world problems, the programme will equip students with the critical knowledge and capacity to take on the world with confidence.
At the time of graduation, students are expected to demonstrate:
- Strong knowledge of computer science foundations and fundamentals, including (a) familiarity with common computer science themes and principles, (b) high-level understanding of systems as a whole, (c) understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of computer science and their influences in practice.
- In-depth knowledge in one or more computer science specialisations.
- Individual competence in applying sound principles and rigorous thinking to (a) analyse an application problem, (b) understand user’s requirement, (c) formulate the problem in terms of computation requirements, (c) conceive novel solution ideas, (e) design appropriate solutions that meet the requirements, (f) implement the solution, (g) evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.
- Strong communication skills and ability to work with, and contribute to, a team to bring a range of technologies together to develop computer systems and solutions.
- Ability to engage in continuous professional development.
- Understanding of the responsibilities of an IT professional and the ethical, social, and legal issues related to computing.
Within 3-5 years from graduation, a graduate from the program is expected to be able to:
- Have a career as IT professional engaging in research and/or development in one or more specialisation of computer science;
- Engage in a supportive or leadership role in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, team environment;
- Engage in continuous learning of state-of-the-art advances in computer science (including graduate studies);
- Function as an ethical, legal and socially responsible member of the society;
- Apply computing knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the betterment of society.
For a well-rounded education, students pursuing this programme will also acquire knowledge in science and mathematics.
The Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) programme, BComp(CS), requires at least 160 MCs.
(1) University Level Requirements1 (16 MCs)
(2) Unrestricted Electives (40 MCs)
Students without A-level or H2 Mathematics are required to complete the bridging module MA1301/X as part of the Unrestricted Electives.
(3) Programme Requirements (104 MCs)
Computer Science Foundation
- CS1101S Programming Methodology
- CS1231S Discrete Structures
- CS2030S Programming Methodology II
- CS2040S Data Structures and Algorithms
- CS2100 Computer Organisation
- CS2103T Software Engineering2
- CS2106 Introduction to Operating Systems
- CS2109S Introduction to AI and Machine Learning
- CS3230 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Computer Science Breadth & Depth
Complete 28 MCs of CS/CP/IFS-coded modules by satisfying the following conditions:
- Satisfy at least one CS Focus Area for BComp(CS) by completing 3 modules in the Area Primaries, with at least one module at level-4000 or above. Computer Science Foundation modules that appear in Area Primaries can be counted as one of the 3 modules towards satisfying a Focus Area.
- At least 12 MCs are at level-4000 or above.
- CP-coded modules must come from the following independent project modules:
- CP3106 Independent Project (4 MCs)
- CP3209 Undergraduate Research in Computing (8 MCs)
- CP4101 BComp Dissertation (12 MCs)
- CP4106 Computing Project (8 MCs)
- Or other suitable modules approved by the Department of Computer Science;
- At most 12 MCs of CP-coded independent project modules.
Industrial Experience Requirement
Students will be required to satisfy 12 MCs of Industrial Experience Requirement by doing:
- A 6-month internship through CP3880 Advanced Technology Attachment Programme (12 MCs);
- Two 3-month internships through two of the followings:
- CP3200 Internship (6 MCs);
- CP3202 Internship II (6MCs);
- CP3107 Computing for Voluntary Welfare Organisations (6 MCs);
- CP3110 Computing for Voluntary Welfare Organisations II (6 MCs).
- IS4010 Industry Internship Programme (12 MCs) from the Department of Information Systems and Analytics;
- TR3202 Start-up Internship Programme (12 MCs) from NUS Overseas Colleges;
- Other forms of industry experience approved by the Department of Computer Science.
Students who aim for Honours (Highest Distinction) must pass the CP4101 BComp Dissertation. Students with CAP of 4.00 or higher may opt to replace Industry Experience Requirement by CP4101 B.Comp. Dissertation. Students with CAP of 4.00 or higher after completing at least 70% (i.e. 112 MCs) of the MC requirement for the degree programme may opt to replace the Industry Experience Requirement by CP4101 B.Comp Dissertation (12 MCs). Note that the CP4101 project selection process takes place one semester ahead of the semester in which the students commence CP4101. Thus the students can tentatively select CP4101 projects; but the condition "CAP of 4.00 or higher after completing at least 70% (112 MCs) of the MC requirement for the degree programme" must be satisfied before they can commence CP4101 in lieu of Industry Experience Requirement.
- IS1103 Ethics in Computing
- CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals 3
- ES2660 Communicating in the Information Age
Mathematics & Sciences
- MA1521 Calculus for Computing4
- MA2001 Linear Algebra I
- ST2334 Probability and Statistics and one Science Module 5
Computer Science Focus Areas for BComp (CS)
CS modules are organised into Focus Areas of coherent modules according to technical areas of study. A CS Focus Area is satisfied by completing 3 modules from the Area Primaries, with at least one module at 4000-level or above. CS Foundation Modules (CFM) that appear in the Area Primaries can be counted as one of the 3 modules towards satisfying a Focus Area. In this case, a student has to read just two other modules in the Area Primaries to satisfy the Focus Area. Elective modules are grouped into the Focus Areas as a guide for indicating their related areas of study. The ten focus areas are listed below. Please click here for details about these focus areas.
- Algorithms & Theory
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Graphics and Games
- Computer Security
- Database Systems
- Multimedia Information Retrieval
- Networking and Distributed Systems
- Parallel Computing
- Programming Languages
- Software Engineering
NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) – Computer Science
Students who attended NOC programme may:
- count TR3201 Entrepreneurship Practicum (8 MCs) towards CS3882 Breakthrough Ideas for Digital Markets (4 MCs) and one bridging module at 4 MCs. The mapping to bridging module (MA1301/PC1221/PC1222) applies to CS students with A-level or equivalent qualifications in either Mathematics or Physics. These students replace the missing MCs for the bridging modules with unrestricted electives. Dummy CS codes CSX3741 and CSX3742 will be issued in place of MA1301 and PC1221/PC1222 respectively.
- count TR3202 Start-up Internship Programme (12 MCs) towards Industrial Experience Requirement.
- count TR3203 Start-up Case Study and Analysis towards Unrestricted Electives. Students working on computer systems term projects for TR3203 may seek approval to instead take TR3203P, which counts towards CS3203 Software Engineering Project (8 MCs) or equivalent pairs. Alternatively, TR3203 can be mapped to TR3203E in which 8 MCs of CS-coded electives at level-3000 can be considered for the fulfilment of CS Breadth and Depth Requirements.
University Scholars Programme (Computer Science)
Students in the University Scholars Programme who choose the Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) major will follow the Computer Science programme, but with the following variations:
- They will not be required to read CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals. It is replaced by USP Foundation module: Writing and Critical Thinking.
- They have module exemption via directly recognising up to 8 MCs of SoC prescribed modules towards USP Inquiry cum ISM requirement.
Summary of degree requirements for Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science)
UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS1
|Computer Science Foundation|| |
|CS1101S Programming Methodology||4|
|CS1231S Discrete Structures||4|
|CS2030S Programming Methodology II||4|
|CS2040S Data Structures and Algorithms||4|
|CS2100 Computer Organisation||4|
|CS2103T Software Engineering2||4|
|CS2106 Introduction to Operating Systems||4|
|CS2109S Introduction to AI and Machine Learning||4|
|CS3230 Design and Analysis of Algorithms||4|
|Computer Science Breadth and Depth||40|
Complete 28 MCs of CS/CP/IFS-coded modules by satisfying the following conditions:
|Industrial Experience Requirement||12|
|IS1103 Ethics in Computing||4|
|CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals3||4|
|ES2660 Communicating in the Information Age||4|
|Mathematics and Sciences||16|
|MA1521Calculus for Computing4||4|
|MA2001 Linear Algebra I||4|
|ST2334 Probability and Statistics and One Science Module 5||8|
|UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES 6||40|
1 : Students can refer to: https://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/academic-information-policies/undergraduate-students/general-education/for-students-admitted-from-AY2021-22 for the University Level Requirements (ULR). Two programme requirements are used to satisfy the new university level requirements, specifically ES2660 will satisfy the Critique and Expression pillar and CS1101S will satisfy the Digital Literacy pillar.
2 : Students taking CS2103T Software Engineering must take CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals in the same semester.
3 : Students pursuing double degree in Computer Science and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics are recommended to replace MA1521 Calculus for Computing by MA2002 Calculus.
4 : Students pursuing a double degree in Computer Science and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics or Second Major in Mathematics/Statistics will take ST2131 Probability and ST2132 Mathematical Statistics in place of ST2334 Probability and Statistics. Students pursuing a Second Major in Statistics will take ST2131 in place of ST2334. If a student has already taken ST2131 and later quits from the second major in Statistics Programme, he/she will have to take ST2132 to fulfil the BComp(CS) degree requirements.
5 : Students pursuing Second Major in Mathematics can count ST2132 towards UE requirement for CS degree due to the double counting limit for CS and second major in Mathematics. For all other students: Students may take either a Physics, Chemistry or Life-Science module as a Science module. Please refer to Appendix A at this link.
6 : Students without A-level or H2 Mathematics are required to complete the bridging module MA1301/X as part of the Unrestricted Electives.
The number of students enrolled in the School of Computing can be found here.