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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.S.

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Requirements for the major in computer science, B.S. program

The program in computer science leading to a Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for a productive career in industry, and for graduate study in computer science. The program prepares the students for a productive career in industry by providing them with the technical skills to formulate suitable abstractions, create novel computational solutions, design complex systems, and improve on existing solutions integrating current and emerging technologies. The program prepares the students for lifelong learning and graduate school by providing them with the theoretical foundations of information and computation and exposing them to areas of current and future developments. The program also includes a strong professional component for the development of skills in technical communication, ethics, and team work.  The BS in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program educational objectives

In the course of their careers, graduates of the Computer Science program will:

  • Work productively in the creation, maintenance, and improvement of computing systems.
  • Remain current in their profession through lifelong learning, including graduate school.
  • Exhibit leadership and exercise their profession with the highest level of ethics, and social responsibility.

Course requirements (minimum of 128 total credits)

To earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science students must complete a minimum of 128 credits, satisfy the general education requirements (also see Undergraduate degree requirements) and meet the following requirements:

General education (excluding math and science) – 28 credits

  • Students are required to take PHL 1310 - Introduction to Ethics in Science and Engineering  to satisfy the general education requirement in Western Civilization.
  • In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

PHY 1610 and PHY 1620

* Neither PHY 1610  nor PHY 1620  satisfies the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area. Credit for both PHY 1510  and PHY 1610  is not permitted, and credit for both PHY 1520  and PHY 1620  is not permitted.

Professional training – 4 credits

 Selection one of the following courses:

Professional track – 8 credits

Select courses from one of the following professional tracks:

Electives – 6 credits

Any 3000, 4000, or 5000 level engineering or computer science or information technology courses.

Any one of the following 2000 level courses:

Any one of the following 5000 level courses (with departmental approval):

  • CSI 5220 Objective Oriented Analysis and Design (4)
  • CSI 5380 Software Verification and Testing (4)
  • CSI 5420 Software Architecture and Components (4)
  • CSI 5490 Wireless and Industrial Networks (4)
  • CSI 5550 Visual Computing (4)
  • CSI 5810 Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery (4)
  • CSI 5830 E-Commerce and ERP (4)

Any math or science elective from the following:  

Performance requirements

In addition to previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least 2.0 within each group: namely, mathematics and science, core subjects and professional subjects. Within professional subjects, at most two grades below 2.0 are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated and a total of three attempts is permitted.

Sample computer science schedule

Students entering the School of Engineering and Computer Science with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one indicated below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program.

Freshman year

Fall semester – 16 credits

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Fall semester – 14 credits

Winter semester – 16 credits

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