NIU Computer Science at University Center

We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to pursue your education at a place close to home. Through our University Center program, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science while gaining knowledge and developing your skills through classes taught by faculty who know the field. Our program provides instruction in various languages (e.g., C++, Java, IBM Assembler, PHP, JavaScript, C# and Perl), software engineering, security, database and development environments such as .NET and operating systems.

This degree will prepare you for software development careers in virtually any industry. Job prospects increase if you have experience with a variety of programming languages or have gained experience through internships.

You have plans for the future. We’ll help you get there.

In order to pursue a B.S in computer science, you must have completed the Requirements Outside Department or their community college equivalents.

How to Get Started

  1. Schedule a meeting with the University Center to learn more about the program and to discuss requirements.
  2. Apply to NIU as a transfer student (select the off-campus option) and submit your transcripts.
  3. Setup your MyNIU account to stay updated on your application status and to accept your admission to confirm your spot.
  4. Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA.
  5. Contact NIU advisors for guidance prior to registering for classes.

NIU Bachelor of Science Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must demonstrate competence in laboratory science/mathematical/computational skills. This requirement can be met by completing a four semester sequence listed in the undergraduate catalog with a 2.0 GPA. If you are seeking a B.S. degree, see an advisor to determine which sequence to complete and which additional courses may be required for your major.

Graduation Requirements

NIU requires a total of 120 credit hours to graduate, with 54 hours required at the university level. A minimum of 40 hours must be in courses at the 300 and/or 400 level. More information is available at about these requrirements.

All NIU students must meet general education requirements, which are fulfilled by an A.A. or A.S. degree from a public community college.  To track and understand all of your requirements:

Important Dates

  • March 1: Deadline for transfer merit scholarships
  • July 15: Deadline to apply for the Huskie Payment Plan for the fall semester
  • Dec. 15: Deadline to apply for the Huskie Payment Plan for the spring semester

More important dates can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

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