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Please Note: The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science in no longer accepting new students


How does a student fit in to 25,000 other undergraduate students? Pretty well. This chart shows how students are divided into smaller communities called FIGS (Freshmen Interest Groups).


A Mizzou Engineering Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science emphasizes the business applications of computer science. Courses in logic, operating systems, database management, computer languages, business-oriented calculus and basic statistics help prepare you for a variety of business settings.

The program is flexible enough to allow you to pursue a variety of other interests. You can select a minor that is offered at Mizzou and you can also choose a second major. With a proper choice of electives, BA graduates are prepared to enter advanced degree programs in such areas as business, medicine, law and the arts.

Interdisciplinary experience

Your degree in computer science will be much more than just operating systems and computer languages. At Mizzou you’ll get a true, interdisciplinary experience. As part of a campus big enough to have its own zip code (65211), the possibilities are endless. You can still get that more personal feel within your own department, though, by joining an MU Freshman Interest Group (FIG), a specialty group for incoming freshmen. Share classes, a dorm and all of your experiences with a smaller community during your first semesters at Mizzou.

You will also get a chance to work with students from other areas: business, medicine, law, veterinary, just to name a few. Mizzou is one of the few campuses in the nation that offers all of these disciplines on one campus, at one location. And these interdisciplinary opportunities mirror what work will be like in the real world.

It’s what you make of your time at Mizzou

Aside from just getting the knowledge, you’ll have a chance to put it into practice. With 9 different competitive teams you can start to put theory to work by combining your efforts with fellow engineers and students from other majors. All included with your degree.

The College of Engineering gives you access to the tools and technology that help put you above the competition. All 51,000 square feet of undergraduate lab space is available to you. Even choosing an emphasis area can help make your degree that much more applicable. And there’s also the chance for you to do undergraduate research with faculty and graduate students.

The Big Picture

Computer science at Mizzou can teach you how to learn for the rest of your life, an incredibly valuable aspect. You will be equipped with a set of tools that can help you in any career path you choose. Employers look to hire people that will continue to advance, progress and grow. Careers are about continuously working toward goals with ideas that are fresh. Your education at Mizzou is about working toward that degree that will set you up for similar career goals.

We will prepare you all the way up to getting that job. An once we’ve done that, we’ll go one step further. Our Career Services aid in the job search with career fairs, bringing prospective employers directly to campus just to meet you. We offer etiquette workshops and advice on interviewing and salary negotiation, as well.

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 semester hours of credit
    • CS and math courses – 48 hours
    • Basic skills and general education – 45 to 49 hours
    • General electives – 23-27 hours.

If you are seeking a second major

  • 120 hours if the second degree is a BA degree in the College of Arts and Science
  • 132 hours if the second degree is a BS degree in A&S or in another college.

To graduate

  • 2.0 GPA or better in all courses required in the major
    • Major courses count towards the grade point average every time, except when the course repeat policy has been used
    • One excused D is allowed in the courses required in the major.

While working toward a degree, many students participate in cooperative education or internship programs. Some students return to the co-op or internship company upon graduation. In finding co-op and internship positions as well as jobs following graduation, students work with Engineering Career Services, W1052C Lafferre Hall, or the MU Career Center at, which also lists part-time and full-time jobs.