ABET Accreditation

Diagram of Courses and Prerequisites

The CSB Program is offered jointly by the College of Business and Economics (CBE) and the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). Unlike other programs where students have a dominant college, the CSB program is so balanced that the students are simultaneously in both the College of Business and Economics and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (RCEAS). The CSB program integrates computing technologies and business topics at an unprecedented level, providing the skills and training needed to understand business functions and business related problems, to analyze business-user information needs, to design computer based information systems, and to implement systems solutions within business organizations. Graduates of the program are ideal candidates for placement within the risk management groups of public accounting firms, large consulting firms, and startup companies. This program also lays the foundation for students who will eventually become the CIO's, decision makers, and general managers of information age corporations. The CSB program is, however, not just a preparation for a career in business computing, it is a full fledged technological degree in computer science.  It also prepares students to enter graduate school in computer science or to begin pure computer science careers such as software development, but providing them with a business background that gives them a significant edge. This program is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, abet.org.

CSB Sample Course Sequence

CSB Tracks

Natural Science Sequences


Total required credit hours: 136

Required Computer Science courses (35 credit hours):

CSE 007 Introduction to Programming (4) - Change to CSE intro sequence: CSE 003, 004 and 007

CSE 17 Programming and Data Structures (3)

CSE 109 Systems Software (4)

CSE 140 Foundations of Discrete Structures and Algorithms (3)

CSE 202 Computer Organization and Architecture (3)

CSE 216 Software Engineering (3)  

CSE 241 Database Systems and Applications (3) or CSE 341 Database Systems, Algorithms, and Applications (3)

CSE 262 Programming Languages (3)

CSE 303 Operating System Design (3)

CSE 340 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3)

One course drawn from this list. (3 or 4 credits)


  • Students entering the CSB program after a year in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering may use ENGR 010 in place of CSE 001.

  • Students may use CSE 012 in place of CSE 001.

Required Business courses (32 credit hours):

BUS 001 Introduction to Business in a Global Environment (3)

ACCT 151 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)

ACCT 152 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)

ECO 001 Principles of Economics (4)

ECO 146 Applied Microeconomics (3) or ECO 119 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis (3)

FIN 125 Business Finance (3)

LAW 201 Legal Environment for Business (3)

SCM 186 Supply Chain Operations Management (3)

MGT 043 Organizational Behavior (3)

MKT 111 Principles of Marketing (3)

MGT 301 Strategic Management in a Global Environment (3)

Required CSB courses (9 credit hours):

CSB 311 Computer Applications in Business (3)

CSB 312 Design of Integrated Business Applications I (3)

CSB 313 Design of Integrated Business Applications II (3)

Required CSB electives (9 credit hours):

Nine hours of courses approved by the CSB program co-directors.  See CSB TRACKS for suggestions but note that it is not required to follow a track.

Required Math courses (14 credit hours):

MATH 021  Calculus I (4) OR MATH 075 (2) followed by MATH 076 (2)

MATH 022 Calculus II (4)

MATH 205 Linear Methods (3)

MATH 231 Probability & Statistics (3)  OR ECO 045   Statistical Methods (3)

Required Science courses (12 credit hours):

Twelve credits of Natural Sciences (NS), such that one course has an attached laboratory and such that two courses are in a laboratory science with the first course prerequisite to the second course.  Note that there are some NS courses that, though in a laboratory science, do not include a laboratory; instead the "attached lab" has a separate course number.  Suggested sequences can be found here.

Required Humanities and Social Science courses (18 credit hours):

ENGL 001 Composition and Literature (3) - International students may be placed in ENGL 3 instead of ENGL 1.

BUS 003 Business Communication I (1.5)

BUS 203 Business Communication II (1.5)

CSE 252 Computers, Internet and Society (3)

6 additional credit hours in the humanities (HU)

3 additional credit hours in the social sciences (SS)

Free Electives (7 credits for a total of 136 credits)

Applying to the Computer Science and Business (CSB) Honors Program

As of November 2, 2022, the Computer Science and Business degree program has shifted to an annual application-based process near the conclusion of the Spring term. Current Lehigh students applying to join CSB will only be accepted into the program as space permits. Students with previously submitted petitions pending fall grades from the Nov. 1, 2022 deadline will be processed as Petitions to Change Colleges once grades post.

Students applying to join the program after Nov. 1, 2022, must demonstrate a cumulative 3.25 GPA, and must earn a B- or better in ECO 001 AND CSE 007 AND (MATH 021 OR MATH 031 OR MATH 076) and have satisfied all requirements to change their curriculum at Lehigh by the end of the Spring term in which they are applying: https://catalog.lehigh.edu/undergraduatestudies/curricularflexibility/

Applications are due between Jan. 1 and May 15. Applications will be considered at the end of May once Spring grades have posted. Scheduled or anticipated Summer or Fall coursework cannot be used to satisfy these requirements.

Due to impacts on graduation timeline, applications to join CSB are not recommended beyond a student's second year of study at Lehigh.

For additional information, please schedule an appointment with CSB Academic Advisor, Andrea Goff, at ahg212@lehigh.edu.