CAS AND TANDON CS PROGRAMS

NYU has two excellent computer science departments, one in the the College of Arts and Science and one in the Tandon School of Engineering. Both offer degree programs at the undergraduate, masters and PhD level and have vibrant research programs. Graduates of both programs have excellent job prospects and are well prepared for graduate study. However there are some distinctions between the programs offered by the two departments. We hope this comparison of the two undergraduate computer science majors will help you decide which is right for you. For detailed descriptions of the programs see NYU Courant's Computer Science page and NYU Tandon's BS in Computer Science curriculum page.

For more information about the BA in Computer Science in the College of Arts and Science, contact dus@cs.nyu.edu.

For more information about the BS in Computer Science in the Tandon School of Engineering, contact cseadvisement@nyu.edu.


CAS

Tandon

Degree Granted
Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science
Required Computer Science Courses
Computer Science Elective
5 computer science electives (20 credits) numbered CSCI-UA.04xx.
May substitute up to 2 approved math classes.
18 credits computer science electives (usually 6 courses)
Required math courses
Required science courses
  • Physical Science (CORE-UA 2xx)
  • Life Science (CORE-UA 3xx)
or CAS-approved substitutions at the appropriate level.
3 science courses suitable for natural science or engineering majors
Normally chosen from Tandon introductory sequences
in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Required writing courses
  • Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA) or Writing I & II, International Writing I & II

NOTE: Advanced College Essay is NOT required

Required humanities and social science courses (not including expos)
  • Texts & Ideas (CORE-UA 4xx)
  • Cultures & Contexts (CORE-UA 5xx)
  • Societies & Social Science
  • Expressive Cultures (CORE-UA 7xx)
4 courses, including an ethics course
Foreign language requirement
CAS core curriculum (proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level) None
Required engineering courses
None
Free electives
Many 26 credits ( 7 to 9 courses)
Total credits
128 credits 128 credits
Credits outside of home school

Students are normally limited to at most 16 credits outside of the College of Arts and Science. Students may not take CS courses in Tandon if equivalent courses are available in CAS. Well qualified students may be permitted to take CS courses in Tandon if there is no equivalent course in CAS and if space is available.

Students are normally limited to at most 16 credits outside of the Tandon School of Engineering. Students may not take CS courses in CAS if equivalent courses are available in Tandon. Well qualified students may be permitted to take CS courses in CAS if there is no equivalent course in Tandon and if space is available.

Study Abroad

Many students can spend a semester abroad, or even a year, with careful planning.

With careful planning students can spend a semester or year studying abroad and complete the degree requirements within 4 years.

Home

The College of Arts and Science is located on the Washington Square campus. Students in this program take many classes with students from liberal arts, math, and science programs. Students who are interested in taking a large number of social science, humanities, and foreign languages courses, as well as computer science, will have more options in this program. Strong students have opportunities to participate in research along with faculty and graduate students.

The Tandon School of Engineering is located on the downtown Brooklyn campus. Students in this program take most of their classes with other Tandon students, who are generally interested in math, science, and engineering. The school encourages invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Strong students have opportunities to participate in research along with faculty and graduate students.

Related majors offered by department
Honors track available for each major
CS related minors for non-CS majors
Minors intended for students in either CS major or closely related major

CAS students can take the Tandon cybersecurity minor if they have not exceeded the 16 credit limit for courses outside of CAS, and they have the prerequisites.

* This minor fits smoothly with the Tandon CS BS major. CS students from CAS can also take these minors, provided that they plan carefully.