Accelerated BSCP in Computer Engineering and MSCP in Computer Engineering
Students pursuing a BSCP in Computer Engineering will earn an BSCP in Computer Engineering in an accelerated manner by sharing two (2) graduate courses (six (6) credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental (Technical) electives as part of the undergraduate Computer Engineering major.
The BSCP requires a total of 128 hours and the MSCP requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 credit hours.This accelerated major shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
- BSCP in Computer Engineering
- MSCP in Computer Engineering
Target Students and Expected Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the BSCP major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated major. Expected outcomes are the increase in MSCP degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, decrease time to graduation, decrease in tuition dollars for the student, increase in the research productivity, increase in the number of US students receiving MSCP degrees, including minorities and students from under- represented groups in Computer Science and Engineering, close the national gap of computer scientists needed to satisfy the market demand, and enhance of the quality of the graduate major by addition of academically accomplished students. In addition, some of these MSCP students will continue on to the PhD major and enhance the doctoral major as well.
For admission to the program, a student must:
1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.
Timeline and Benchmarks:
1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated BSCP Computer Engineering/MSCP Computer Engineering major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Computer Science undergraduate major.
2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major.
3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated major through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated major Application Form. Both B.S.C.P. and M.S.C.P. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF's Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering's Graduate Major, and the Department of Computer Science and
4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the MSCP in Computer Science.
5. Students must earn a minimum of a "B" (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a "B" in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
6. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated BSCP Computer Engineering/MSCP Computer Engineering major will be developed with the guidance of undergraduate and graduate advisors.
Shared Courses (six (6) credit hours)
Two (2) of the following three (3) core graduate courses replace six (6) credit hours of upper-level departmental (Technical) electives, including Independent Study and Industry Internship:
- EEL 6764 Principles of Computer Architecture
- COP 6611 Operating Systems
- COT 6405 Introduction to the Theory of Algorithms
Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the BSCP in Computer Chemical (107 credit hours)
*Please see Undergraduate Catalog for major-specific requirements
Courses: See USF Course Inventory