Bachelor of Science in Computer Science(Computer Science) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science(Computer Science) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

What is Computer Science?

Fundamental areas of computer science Computer science is the study of computation, information, and automation. Computer science spans theoretical disciplines to applied disciplines. Though more often considered an academic discipline, computer science is closely related to computer programming. 

Programme Structure

Entry Requirements

Subject to the General Academic Regulation 00.5, the following departmental programme entry requirements shall apply for the programmes:

  1. For entry into 100-level, candidates must have a minimum grade of C in Mathematics and two other science subjects with computer studies recognized as a science subject and with a minimum grade of D in English.
  2. For entry into the programme at higher level, the following shall apply.
    1. Transfer student from a Computer Science or Information Systems or equivalent programme from a higher institution considered equivalent to the University of Botswana, subject to General Academic Regulation 00.313.
    2. Candidates holding a post-Secondary qualification which is considered by the department as being at least equivalent to the 100- level of the programme and so deemed to earn the candidate an exemption from the 100-level of the programmes.
    3. Candidates holding a post-Secondary qualification who do not meet criteria (ii) above may be required to take some 100-level courses


Semester I, Core courses

  • CSI131 Discrete Structures I
  • CSI141 Programming Principles
  • CSI161 Introduction to Computing
  • MAT111 Introductory Mathematics I
  • COM141 Communication and Academic Literacy skills (Science)

Semester II , Core Courses

  • CSI132 Discrete Structures II
  • CSI142 Object-Oriented Programming
  • MAT122 Introductory Mathematics II
  • STA122 Introductory Concepts of Probability
  • COM142 Academic and Professional Communication (Science)

Semester III , Core Courses

  • CSI247 Data Structures
  • CSI243 Functional Programming
  • CSI213 Discrete Structures III
  • MAT221 Calculus I

Elective *(3 Credits)

  • *- students are advised to take MGT202 which is a pre-requisite to MGT303

Semester IV, Core Courses

  • CSI262 Database Concepts
  • CSI223 Systems Programming
  • CSI251 Computer Architecture & Organization
  • MAT212 Introductory Linear Algebra

      Elective (3 Credits)

Semester V, Core courses

  • CSI323 Algorithms
  • CSI354 Operating Systems
  • CSI374 Computer Networks
  • CSI342 Systems Analysis & Design

      Elective (3 Credits)

Semester VI, Core Courses

  • CSI315 Web Technology and Applications
  • CSI332 Programming Languages
  • CSI341 Introduction to Software Engineering

     Optional Courses, (Min 6 credits from)

  • CSI344 Artificial Intelligence
  • CSI392 Human Computer Interaction
  • MGT303 Entrepreneurship and New Business Formation

Winter Semester

  • CSI352 Industrial Attachment

For semester VII and VIII, students choose from the following areas of specialization:

  • Software Engineering
  • Systems & Networks

Semester VII, Core courses (All Streams)

  • CSI413 Theory of Computation
  • CSI475 Social Informatics
  • CSI481 Database Systems

Semester VII, Software Engineering stream

     Optional Courses (minimum 6 credits)

  • CSI473 Software Design
  • CSI443 Requirements Engineering
  • CSI435 Intelligent Systems

Semester VII, Systems & Networks stream

     Optional Courses (minimum 6 credits)

  • CSI462 Distributed Computing
  • CSI453 Sensors Networks
  • CSI493 Computer Graphics

Semester VIII, Core courses (All Streams)

  • CSI408 Project
  • CSI428 Programming Language Translation
  • CSI468 Computer Networks & Security

Semester VIII, Software Engineering stream

     Optional Courses (minimum 6 credits)

  • CSI444 Software Project Management
  • CSI392 Human Computer Interaction
  • CSI345 Integrative Programming

Semester VIII, Systems & Networks stream

     Optional Courses (minimum 6 credits)

  • CSI464 Mobile Computing
  • CSI424 Network Algorithms