CS + Animal Sciences

Computer Science + Animal Sciences, BS
for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in 
Computer Science + Animal Sciences

Students majoring in CS + Animal Sciences will be well-positioned to apply CS to advance animal health and behavior, food production, nutrition, animal biology, and environmental concerns. For example, this could include mining data from remote sensors to detect and treat health problems in large herds or analyzing genomic information to improve disease resistance.

The CS + Animal Sciences blended bachelor's degree is a partnership between the Department of Computer Science in The Grainger College of Engineering and the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. As part of the computing community at Illinois, you will benefit from being part of a top-five-ranked Computer Science program with world-class faculty and research. Learn more about the Department's Rankings and Statistics.

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Curriculum Map

The curriculum sequence mapped below is a sample sequence. Students will work with a department academic advisor to achieve educational goals specific to their needs and preparation.

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Computer Science + Animal Sciences Curriculum Map
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Before reviewing the links, students should find their effective Academic Catalog Year. When clicking any links referenced below that take students to the Academic Catalog Year pages, they should be mindful of which Academic Catalog year is displayed.

  1. This optional course is highly recommended for freshmen, who may use it to help meet free elective requirements.
  2. MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.
  3. RHET 105 and CMN 101 (or an alternative Composition I sequence) should be taken in the first year, according to the student's UIN (Take RHET 105 in the Spring and CMN 101 in the Fall if UIN is Odd). Composition I guidelines can be found in the catalog.
  4. MATH 225 may be substituted.
  5. ACE 100 may be substituted.
  6. CS 340 and two (2) CS technical electives (400 level CS courses) can be use to substiute the CS 233 and CS 341 requirements. The 2 technical electives must be distinct from courses used to satisfy other major requirements and can replace Free Electives.
  7. General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
  8. CS 357 may be substituted.

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