Dual Degree in Computer Science

The Best of Both Worlds
Earn a well-rounded, liberal arts degree at Agnes Scott followed by a specialized computer science degree at Emory University. With the dual degree, you’ll be able to study a variety of subjects that interest you in a highly collaborative and supportive environment while you work toward focused expertise in computer science.

B.A. Degree from Agnes Scott
You will spend your first three years at Agnes Scott where you will study a liberal arts curriculum developed by Agnes Scott and the Emory University Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. The Bachelor of Arts coursework will provide you with a broad education in many disciplines in addition to preparing you for the computer science curriculum at Emory.

Agnes Scott’s academic program emphasizes collaborative interaction with professors and classmates, development of articulate writing and speaking skills, and critical analysis of exciting subjects through both classroom and applied learning opportunities.

B.A. or B.S. in Computer Science from Emory
You will spend your final two years at Emory where you will study a computer science curriculum in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science plus one additional course outside the department to meet Emory’s general education requirements. You may work toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree depending on your interests.

Program Requirements
To enroll in the dual-degree program, begin by reading the student information sheet and the general education and major requirements document. Then, meet with program adviser Molly Smith, Director of the Science Center for Women (msmith@agnesscott.edu), to discuss the program, and then submit the declaration of intent form as early as possible, but no later than March 1 of your first year. To complete the program, you will need to:

  • Complete 92 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at Agnes Scott
  • Have a 3.0 GPA across all required math and science courses with no grade less than a “C”
  • Complete the following computer science preparatory courses at Agnes Scott
    • Calculus I and II
    • Linear Algebra
    • Intro to Computer Science II (available at Emory through cross registration)
    • Two semester calculus-based Physics (B.S. degree only)
    • Analog Electronics & Digital Electronics (B.S. degree only)
  • Apply to the dual-degree program upon completing your second academic year at Agnes Scott
  • Be recommended by the Agnes Scott computer science adviser
  • Meet Emory’s application deadlines


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I choose a major at Agnes Scott?
Yes, you will declare the major of your choice at Agnes Scott, but you will not be required to complete that major. At the conclusion of your program, your transcript will show “dual-degree computer science” as your major. Opportunities to complete an additional major at either Agnes Scott or Emory are available.

Where do I live during my two years at Emory?
You can choose Emory’s on-campus housing or you can rent an apartment in the area.

Can I continue receiving my Agnes Scott financial aid while I am at Emory?
No, your Agnes Scott financial aid will only apply during the time you spend at ASC. You will need to apply for financial aid at Emory when you apply to the computer science program.

Will someone at Agnes Scott guide me through the process of applying to the program?
Yes. Interested students are encouraged to complete the declaration of intent form as early as possible, but no later than March 1 of their first year at Agnes Scott. After declaring your intent, you’ll be assigned to the dual-degree computer science program adviser who will help you shape your curriculum. In the fall of your junior year, you will apply to Emory under the guidance of the adviser.

Can I participate in the commencement ceremony with my Agnes Scott class even though I have another year to complete at Emory?
Yes, a dual-degree student may fully participate in commencement with her class though she will not receive her Agnes Scott B.A. until she finishes the entire program.

What if I decide not to finish the Emory computer science program?
You may return to Agnes Scott to complete your B.A. degree without having to re-apply to the college.

What if I don’t get into the Emory computer science program?
You may return to Agnes Scott to complete your B.A. degree or you may discuss other options with your adviser.

Can I enroll in the program as a transfer student?
Generally the program is not designed to accommodate transfer students since you must complete at least 64 hours at Agnes Scott in order to receive a degree from the college. However, depending on your coursework you may be eligible. Consultation with the ASC computer science faculty adviser is required.

Do AP and IB credits count toward this degree?
Yes, you may apply eligible AP credits and IB credits toward your Agnes Scott requirements.