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BSc Computer Science Degree

Key Fact
  • Program name
    BSc Computer Science Degree
  • Program code
    CS
  • Program Chair
    Dr. Zain Balfagih
  • Program length
    4 years
  • Credit hours
    133

 About the Program

Overview​​

Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science (CS) degree prepares students to be active participants in the information revolution. In an industry that's becoming increasingly driven by machine-based learning, the program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how to analyse and build artificial intelligence and algorithms, and how this can help businesses to work more efficiently and generate better results.

The BSc Computer Science degree program provides an in-depth study of the theory, design and application of computer systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security.  Students develop the skills needed to design, create, administer, and apply such systems to any field.

Graduates are able to engage in careers in many sectors of the economy such as banking, FinTech, healthcare and Bio-informatics, education, game development, manufacturing, retail, advertising, government, and many others.

The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commissio​​n of ABET, https://www.abet.org​.

 

The Computer Science program is also fully accredited by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation & Assessment (NCAAA).​

  

Curriculum

The CS program has two concentrations: “Artificial Intelligence (AI)", “Cyber Security (CS)", in addition to a no concentration option.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) concentration allows students to specialize in a scientific area of interest such as Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Big Data, Visualization of Scientific Data, and Robotics.

The Cyber Security (CS) concentration prepares the students with the skills to investigate the vulnerability of hardware and software as well as the measures for protecting against security threats.

In the early years of the BSc in Computer Science degree program, you will take General Education Program (GEP), attributed to the Liberal Arts, which reflects the American style education adopted by all Effat University programs. The (GEP) covers arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technological studies to help students gain insight into varied critical learning skills, investigate essential branches of knowledge, and develop appreciation of diversity and change across time, culture, and national boundaries. ​​

 Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

To be a globally recognized provider of Computer Science education and research that produces technology leaders who spearhead transformational innovations through creative computing solutions for local and global problems

Mission

The Computer Science program mission is to provide a high-quality learning and research environment that yields computer science graduates who are insightful, creative, and high-caliber problem-solvers for local and global societies.

Goals

  1. Enhance the Computer Science department’s national and international recognition by deepening its impact and contribution to the community in alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030.

  2. Progressing towards transparency and effective leadership in developing a creative work environment. As well as benchmarking with reputed national and international programs.

  3. Provide Computer Science students with innovative and quality education to meet future needs in the market. In addition, maintain optimal utilization of departmental and educational resources conducive to a creative and dynamic learning environment.

  4. Attract and attain an exceptional, diverse body of students by ensuring a holistic computer science education, extensive skill, lifetime learning, and talent development.

  5. ​Attract highly qualified faculty in the emerging fields and support them with professional development activities and promotion.

  6. Provide and maintain state-of-the-a​rt learning facilities that promote students’ hands-on and design experiences with a self-sufficient and expandable academic infrastructure. Moreover, enhance overall financial strength of the CS department through effective budgeting, external research funding, training, and consultancies.

  7. Cultivate a vibrant research environment to increase the Computer Science faculty and students’ scholarly output and activities and serve the needs of the local and global communities.

  8. Strengthen the Computer Science depart​ment relations and partnerships with the national and international community through fruitful joint relationships with nationwide and global partners​.​​

 Educational Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of a variety of Computer Science approaches (PEO1)
  2. Contribute to the development of computer-based intelligent and secure systems that help satisfy various demands of the society (PEO2)
  3. Demonstrate successful professional and career growth in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security (PEO3)
  4. Demonstrate critical problem-solving skills in Computer Science (PEO4)
  5. Engage in constant learning to keep up with the rapidly changing developments within the computing field (PEO5)
  6. Demonstrate high ethical and responsibility values (PEO6)​

 Concentrations

Our BSc Computer Science program has two concentrations: “Artificial Intelligence (AI)", “Cyber Security (CS)", in addition to a no concentration option.​

  1. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) concentration allows students to specialize in a scientific area of interest such as Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Big Data, Visualization of Scientific data, and Robotics.

  2. The Cyber Security (CS) concentration​ prepares the students with the skills to investigate the vulnerability of hardware and software as well as the measures for protecting against security threats.

 Career Opportunities

As advanced, revolutionary technologies become an integral part of our daily lives, you will graduate with skill set needed to play a significant part in the evolving cultural and technological landscape. 

A Bachelor Degree in Computer Science will present graduates with plentiful opportunities and career prospects in roles such as Artificial Intelligence Developer, Machine Learning Engineer, IT Security Engineer, Software Engineers, Program Analysts, Teachers and much more. A List of possible career opportunities is s​hown below.

  1. Software Developer​ (Apps, Robotics, Web, etc.)
  2. Programmer Analyst
  3. Software Development Manager
  4. Software Engineer
  5. Software Test Engineer 
  6. Database Designer
  7. Database Developer
  8. Database Administrator
  9. Web Developer
  10. Artificial Intelligence developer
  11. Machine Learning Engineer
  12. Business Intelligence Developer
  13. Big Data Engineer
  14. Data Scientist
  15. Data Architect
  16. Data Analyst
  17. Data Mining Analyst
  18. IT Security Analyst
  19. IT Security Engineer
  20. IT Security Consultant
  21. Computer Forensic Examiner
  22. IT Security Officer
  23. Network Security Administrator
  24. Information Security Consultant
  25. Security Penetration Tester
  26. Software Security Specialist
  27. Digital Forensics Scientist
  28. Malware Analyst
  29. Cyber Security Auditor
  30. Computer Forensics Investigator
  31. Computer and Information Research Scientist
  32. Computer and Information Systems Manager
  33. Further their studies in Computer Science, Cyber Security, and Artificial Intelligence or related fields​

 Graduation Requirements

Artificial Intelligence Concentration

  • General Education Requirements: 42
  • Basic Science and Mathematics: 21
  • Major Core Requirements (Compulsory): 52
  • Concentration Requirements (if any): 12
  • Technical Electives (if any): 6
  • Total: 133

Cyber Security Concentration

  • General Education Requirements: 42
  • Basic Science and Mathematics: 21
  • Major Core Requirements (Compulsory): 52
  • Concentration Requirements (if any): 12
  • Technical Electives (if any): 6
  • Total: 133

No Concentration

  • General Education Requirements: 42
  • Basic Science and Mathematics: 21
  • Major Core Requirements (Compulsory): 52
  • Concentration Core Requirements: -
  • Concentration Electives: -
  • Technical Electives: 18
  • Total: 133

 Learning Outcomes

By completing the BSc of Computer Science Program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse complex computing problems and to apply principles of Computer Science, and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate computing-based solutions to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of Computer Science.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the Computer Science fields.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
  7. Demonstrate broad understanding and critical view of the principal theories, concepts and Terminology of Artificial Intelligence and related Computing fields.
  8. Integrate knowledge from different Computing fields to develop practical solutions that work successfully in real organizations.

 Study Plan (No Concentration)

Computer Science Program, No Concentration Study Plan (PDF)

    Freshman Year: Semester 1

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 1001
    Introduction to Computing
    Co-requisite GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • GMTH 181E
    Pre-Calculus for Engineering
    Placement
    3-0-3
  • GCS 182
    Principles of Computing, Data and Algorithms
    None
    2-2-3
  • GENG 131
    Advanced English Language Skills & Critical Thinking
    None
    3-0-3
  • BIO112
    Introduction to Biology
    None
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Freshman Year: Semester 2

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 1131
    Advanced Programming
    GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • MATH 101
    Calculus for Engineers I
    GMTH 181E
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    English II
    GENG 131
    3-0-3
  • CS 1021
    Computer Architecture and Organization
    CS 1001
    2-2-3
  • GSTA 181
    Introductory Statistics
    None
    3-0-3
  • GISL 121
    Islam and Civil Society
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 3

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 2071
    Database Systems
    GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • CS 2132
    Object Oriented Programming
    CS 1131
    2-2-3
  • CS 2171
    Ethics in Computing
    None
    2-0-2
  • MATH 201
    Calculus for Engineers II
    MATH 101
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Arabic Language
    None
    3-0-3
  • GPHY 171
    ​Foundation in Physics
    None
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 4

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 2111
    Web Application Development
    CS 2071
    2-2-3
  • GSEM 100
    Research Seminar
    None
    3-0-3
  • CS 2011
    Data Structures and Algorithms
    CS 2132
    2-2-3
  • STAT 201
    Statistics for Computing
    MATH 201
    2-2-3
  • CS 3067
    Information and Cyber Security
    CS 1001
    2-2-3
  • CS 2091
    Computer Networks
    CS 1021
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 5

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 3081
    Artificial Intelligence
    GSTA 140, CS 1131
    2-2-3
  • MATH 203
    Discrete Mathematics
    MATH 201
    3-0-3
  • CS 3012
    Algorithm Analysis
    CS 1011
    2-2-3
  • CS 3101
    Operating Systems
    CS 1021
    2-2-3
  • GSEM 201
    Research, Innovation and Intellectual Property
    GSEM 100
    3-0-3
  • ​Choice
    Creative Arts and Cultural Studies
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 6

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • ​Choice
    Foreign Language I
     
    3-0-3
  • CS 3151
    Software Engineering
    CS 2011
    2-2-3
  • CS 3172
    Research Projects in Computing
    GSEM 201
    2-2-3
  • MATH 310
    Numerical Analysis
    MATH 201, CS 1131
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Summer Session

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 3173
    Summer Training
    CS 3172
    0-0-2
  • Senior Year: Semester 7

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • MATH 307
    Linear Algebra
    MATH 201
    3-0-3
  • CS 3133
    Programming Languages
    CS 2011
    2-2-3
  • CS 4174
    Senior Project 1
    CS 3172
    3-0-3
  • CS 3072
    Data Sciences
    CS 2071
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Technical Elective Concentration 1
     
    0-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Senior Year: Semester 8

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • Choice
    Foreign Language II
     
    3-0-3
  • CS 4175
    Senior Project 2
    CS 4174
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical Elective Concentration 2
     
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical Elective Concentration 3
     
    0-0-3
  • ​Choice
    Technical Elective Concentration 4
     
    0-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Total Credit Hours required for CS Program:
     
     
    133

 Study Plan (Artificial Intelligence)

Computer Science Program, Artificial Intelligence Concentration Study Plan (PDF)

    Freshman Year: Semester 1

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 1001
    Introduction to Computing
    Co-requisite GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • GMTH 181E
    Pre-Calculus for Engineering
    Placement
    3-0-3
  • GCS 182
    Principles of Computing, Data and Algorithms
    None
    2-2-3
  • GENG 131
    Advanced English Language Skills & Critical Thinking
    None
    3-0-3
  • BIO112
    Introduction to Biology
    None
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Freshman Year: Semester 2

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 1131
    Advanced Programming
    GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • MATH 101
    Calculus for Engineers I
    GMTH 181E
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    English II
    GENG 131
    3-0-3
  • CS 1021
    Computer Architecture and Organization
    CS 1001
    2-2-3
  • GSTA 181
    Introductory Statistics
    None
    3-0-3
  • GISL 121
    Islam and Civil Society
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 3

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 2071
    Database Systems
    GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • CS 2132
    Object Oriented Programming
    CS 1131
    2-2-3
  • CS 2171
    Ethics in Computing
    None
    2-0-2
  • MATH 201
    Calculus for Engineers II
    MATH 101
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Arabic Language
    None
    3-0-3
  • GPHY 171
    ​Foundation in Physics
    None
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 4

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 2111
    Web Application Development
    CS 2071
    2-2-3
  • GSEM 100
    Research Seminar
    None
    3-0-3
  • CS 2011
    Data Structures and Algorithms
    CS 2132
    2-2-3
  • STAT 201
    Statistics for Computing
    MATH 201
    2-2-3
  • CS 3067
    Information and Cyber Security
    CS 1001
    2-2-3
  • CS 2091
    Computer Networks
    CS 1021
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 5

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 3081
    Artificial Intelligence
    GSTA 140, CS 1131
    2-2-3
  • MATH 203
    Discrete Mathematics
    MATH 201
    3-0-3
  • CS 3012
    Algorithm Analysis
    CS 1011
    2-2-3
  • CS 3101
    Operating Systems
    CS 1021
    2-2-3
  • GSEM 201
    Research, Innovation and Intellectual Property
    GSEM 100
    3-0-3
  • ​Choice
    Creative Arts and Cultural Studies
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 6

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • ​Choice
    Foreign Language I
     
    3-0-3
  • CS 3151
    Software Engineering
    CS 2011
    2-2-3
  • CS 3172
    Research Projects in Computing
    GSEM 201
    2-2-3
  • MATH 310
    Numerical Analysis
    MATH 201, CS 1131
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Summer Session

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 3173
    Summer Training
    CS 3172
    0-0-2
  • Senior Year: Semester 7

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • MATH 307
    Linear Algebra
    MATH 201
    3-0-3
  • CS 3133
    Programming Languages
    CS 2011
    2-2-3
  • CS 4174
    Senior Project 1
    CS 3172
    3-0-3
  • CS 3072
    Data Sciences
    CS 2071
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Artificial Intelligence Concentration 1
     
    0-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Senior Year: Semester 8

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • Choice
    Foreign Language II
     
    3-0-3
  • CS 4175
    Senior Project 2
    CS 4174
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Artificial Intelligence Concentration 2
     
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Artificial Intelligence Concentration 3
     
    0-0-3
  • ​Choice
    Artificial Intelligence Concentration 4
     
    0-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Total Credit Hours required for CS Program:
     
     
    133

 Study Plan (Cyber Security)

Computer Science Program, Cyber Security Co​ncentration Plan (PDF)

    Freshman Year: Semester 1

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 1001
    Introduction to Computing
    Co-requisite GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • GMTH 181E
    Pre-Calculus for Engineering
    Placement
    3-0-3
  • GCS 182
    Principles of Computing, Data and Algorithms
    None
    2-2-3
  • GENG 131
    Advanced English Language Skills & Critical Thinking
    None
    3-0-3
  • BIO112
    Introduction to Biology
    None
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Freshman Year: Semester 2

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 1131
    Advanced Programming
    GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • MATH 101
    Calculus for Engineers I
    GMTH 181E
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    English II
    GENG 131
    3-0-3
  • CS 1021
    Computer Architecture and Organization
    CS 1001
    2-2-3
  • GSTA 181
    Introductory Statistics
    None
    3-0-3
  • GISL 121
    Islam and Civil Society
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 3

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 2071
    Database Systems
    GCS 182
    2-2-3
  • CS 2132
    Object Oriented Programming
    CS 1131
    2-2-3
  • CS 2171
    Ethics in Computing
    None
    2-0-2
  • MATH 201
    Calculus for Engineers II
    MATH 101
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Arabic Language
    None
    3-0-3
  • GPHY 171
    ​Foundation in Physics
    None
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 4

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 2111
    Web Application Development
    CS 2071
    2-2-3
  • GSEM 100
    Research Seminar
    None
    3-0-3
  • CS 2011
    Data Structures and Algorithms
    CS 2132
    2-2-3
  • STAT 201
    Statistics for Computing
    MATH 201
    2-2-3
  • CS 3067
    Information and Cyber Security
    CS 1001
    2-2-3
  • CS 2091
    Computer Networks
    CS 1021
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 5

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 3081
    Artificial Intelligence
    GSTA 140, CS 1131
    2-2-3
  • MATH 203
    Discrete Mathematics
    MATH 201
    3-0-3
  • CS 3012
    Algorithm Analysis
    CS 1011
    2-2-3
  • CS 3101
    Operating Systems
    CS 1021
    2-2-3
  • GSEM 201
    Research, Innovation and Intellectual Property
    GSEM 100
    3-0-3
  • ​Choice
    Creative Arts and Cultural Studies
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 6

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • ​Choice
    Foreign Language I
     
    3-0-3
  • CS 3151
    Software Engineering
    CS 2011
    2-2-3
  • CS 3172
    Research Projects in Computing
    GSEM 201
    2-2-3
  • MATH 310
    Numerical Analysis
    MATH 201, CS 1131
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Summer Session

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • CS 3173
    Summer Training
    CS 3172
    0-0-2
  • Senior Year: Semester 7

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • MATH 307
    Linear Algebra
    MATH 201
    3-0-3
  • CS 3133
    Programming Languages
    CS 2011
    2-2-3
  • CS 4174
    Senior Project 1
    CS 3172
    3-0-3
  • CS 3072
    Data Sciences
    CS 2071
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Cyber Security Concentration 1
     
    0-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Senior Year: Semester 8

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • Choice
    Foreign Language II
     
    3-0-3
  • CS 4175
    Senior Project 2
    CS 4174
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Cyber Security Concentration 2
     
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Cyber Security Concentration 3
     
    0-0-3
  • ​Choice
    Cyber Security Concentration 4
     
    0-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Total Credit Hours required for CS Program:
     
     
    133

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Admissions
High-School Percentage
Science Section
80%
Art Section
85%
Qudurat *(SAT)
65%
Math
Cut-Score
60%
One of the Following Placement Tests
iBT TOEFL
53
LNGT
162
IELTS
5.5
Additional Department Requirement
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Required
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