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CS Students collaborate on their senior project sponsored by Boise Brewing

CS481 – Senior Design project is a capstone course for our graduating seniors. Our students will get experience designing, implementing, and testing an assigned software artifact. Students will report their progress via documentation, meetings and demos with both the sponsor and instructor at regular intervals throughout the semester.

Boise State University is not a software contracting firm and some projects may fail to deliver all of the requested features. The focus of this course is on the student learning outcomes as defined below.

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.

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How do I Propose a Project?

Please review the sponsor agreement and fill out the project proposal template and e-mail it to the CS 481 Project Coordination team ( by the dates specified below.

Submission Deadlines

Spring 2021December 1, 2020
Fall 2021May 1, 2021
Spring 2022December 1, 2021
Fall 2022May 1, 2022
Spring 2023December 1, 2022
Fall 2023May 1, 2022

Project Fees

Project sponsors are asked to make a $1000 tax-deductible donation through the Boise State University Foundation, memo “Computer Science Department Fund (NR070)” to help defray our costs. Government agencies, non-profits, projects internal to Boise State, and the department’s existing donors are exempt. Project fee waivers can be granted for exceptional cases and are evaluated on a case by case basis by the course coordinator. 

Intellectual Property Considerations

All artifacts/code/etc. in CS481 are owned by the students.  As a sponsor you can request (in your proposal) that the student team release their code under an open source license. Boise State University has approved the MIT, BSD, GPL2, LPGL, and GPL3 licenses. You can read more about licensing at For proprietary options please reference the sponsor agreement.

Previous Sponsors

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