Loyola University Chicago

Department of Computer Science

"Double-Dipping" Rules

Computer Science Qualifiers to the College of Arts & Sciences Double-Dipping Policy for Majors and Minors

April 15, 2016
This document seeks to lay out exceptions and clarifications to College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) policies with respect to awarding multiple majors or minors, in so far as they relate to any of the majors and minors administered by the Computer Science Department or that constitute an interdepartmental program in which Computer Science is one of the constituent departments. These include the following majors:

• “Communication Networks and Security” (CNWS-BS)
• “Computer Science” (COMP-BS)
• “Information Technology” (ITEC-BS)
• “Software Engineering” (SWEN-BS)
• “Mathematics & Computer Science” (MCSC-BS)
• “Physics & Computer Science” (PCSC-BS)
• “Bioinformatics” (BIOI-BS)
and minors:
• “Computer Science” (COMP-MINR)
• “Information Technology” (ITEC-MINR)
• “Computer Crime and Forensics” (CCFR-MINR)

1. Minors prohibited because of being entirely or almost entirely included in the student’s major include “Computer Science” (COMP-MINR) and “Information Technology” (ITEC-MINR) for any student majoring in “Communication Networks and Security” (CNWS-BS), “Computer Science” (COMP-BS), “Information Technology” (ITEC-BS), “Software Engineering” (SWEN-BS), “Mathematics & Computer Science” (MCSC-BS), or “Physics & Computer Science” (PCSC-BS).

2. The minor in “Computer Crime and Forensics” (CCFR-MINR) is permitted with any major, since it constitutes a meaningful addition (6 credits) and focus (restriction of 3–6 elective credits) beyond the general requirements of any major.

3. A minor in one of “Computer Science” (COMP-MINR) or “Information Technology” (ITEC-MINR) is permitted with a major in “Bioinformatics” (BIOI-BS), since it constitutes an addition of at least 3 credits and a restriction of at least 3 elective credits and helps an external audience to recognize the extent of computer science studies, which may not be evident from the “Bioinformatics” degree title.

4. A major in “Mathematics & Computer Science” (MCSC-BS) is not meaningful for a student who completes separate majors in both Mathematics and any of “Communication Networks and Security” (CNWS-BS), “Computer Science” (COMP-BS), “Information Technology” (ITEC-BS), or “Software Engineering” (SWEN-BS), even if extra course work is incorporated.

5. A major in “Physics & Computer Science” (PCSC-BS) is not meaningful for a student who completes separate majors in both Physics and any of “Communication Networks and Security” (CNWS-BS), “Computer Science” (COMP-BS), “Information Technology” (ITEC-BS), or “Software Engineering” (SWEN-BS), even if extra course work is incorporated.

6. Any other combinations of majors will be permitted as long as students respect the general CAS rule that each major should include 21 credit hours not being counted for another major.