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CS Students Senior Project

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 the 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 centered on the student learning outcomes defined as follows:

  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 following specified dates.

Submission Deadlines

Fall SemesterMay 1
Spring SemesterDecember 1

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, small/startup companies and the department’s existing donors are exempt. Project fee waivers are granted and 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.

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