Department of Computer Science

Computer science programs support the mission of the University by providing education in computing through baccalaureate degrees in computer science and computer studies and the master of applied computer science. The computer science major is a generalist curriculum following currently accepted guidelines. Computer studies offers an undergraduate curriculum of applied skills and concepts. A five-year accelerated bachelor's-master's option is also available. Because computing professionals must be lifelong learners, the faculty is committed to preparing them with substantial knowledge, practical skills, critical thinking skills and an awareness of the social and ethical impacts of their work.

Faculty

J. Mehta, Chair; K. Alzoubi; F. Appel; D. Fricker

Computer Science

The major in computer science is a classic generalist program enhanced by support courses in mathematics. The emphasis of study in this program is on problem solving and computer science theory. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry into graduate schools and for entry into a variety of positions in business and industry with a sound foundation for future advancement based on technical competence, liberal education and effective communication skills. Decisions concerning the nature of each student's study in computer science are made with particular attention to previous preparation and individual educational plans. Majors in computer science will find courses in mathematics, business, natural science and physics are good selections to complement this program of study.

Requirements for a Major in Computer Science

A bachelor of science degree is awarded in computer science.

Forty-eight (48) credit hours consisting of the following:

  1. Required courses
    • CMPSC 112: Survey of Computer Science (3)
    • CMPSC 202: Principles of Programming I (4)
    • CMPSC 203: Principles of Programming II (4)
    • CMPSC 255: Fundamentals of Computer Networking (3)
    • CMPSC 301: Operating Systems (3)
    • CMPSC 309: Issues in Computing (3)
    • CMPSC 311: Data Structures and Algorithms (4)
    • CMPSC 321: Relational Database Theory and Design (4)
    • CMPSC 345: Computer Systems and Organization (4)
    • CMPSC 390: Software Engineering (4)
  2. PLUS at least four courses offered by the department at the
    200-level or above.

  3. Required mathematics courses for the B.S. degree: MATH 132: Business Statistics, MATH 200: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (7 credit hours).

  4. A grade of C or better is required of all courses in the major. A maximum of one D grade will be allowed. However, this cannot be in a course which is a prerequisite for another.

Requirements for a Minor in Computer Science

  1. Required computer science courses: CMPSC 112: Survey of Computer Science, either CMPSC 201: Visual Basic Programming OR CMPSC 202: Principles of Computer Programming I, and 12 credit hours from the remaining computer science courses.
  2. A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

Note: The Computer Science minor is NOT available for computer studies majors.

Computer Studies

The major in computer studies is an applications-oriented program. The emphasis of study in this program is on mastering the computer as a productivity tool. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry into a variety of positions in business and industry with a sound foundation for future advancement based on technical competence, liberal education and effective communication skills. Majors in computer studies will find courses in mathematics or business are good selections to complement their program of study.

Requirements for a Major in Computer Studies

A bachelor of arts degree is awarded in computer studies.

Forty-four (44) credit hours consisting of the following:

  1. Required courses
    • CMPSC 112: Survey of Computer Science (3)
    • CMPSC 201: Visual BASIC Programming (4)
    • CMPSC 205: Productivity Applications (3)
    • CMPSC 206: World Wide Web Applications I (3)
    • CMPSC 235: Systems Analysis and Design (3)
    • CMPSC 255: Fundamentals of Computer Networking (3)
    • CMPSC 256: Operating Systems for the Practitioner (3)
    • CMPSC 306: World Wide Web Applications II (3)
    • CMSPC 309: Issues in Computing (3)
    • CMPSC 321: Relational Database Theory and Design (4)
    • CMPSC 395: Computer Studies Capstone (3)
  2. PLUS three other courses offered by the department at the 200-level or above. 
  3. A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the major.

Cisco Certification

As a Cisco Local Academy, we provide courses in preparation for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) examination. These courses are CMPSC 255: Fundamentals of Computer Networking, CMPSC 266: Network Routing and Configurations, CMPSC 267:Routing and Switching Protocols and CMPSC 268: WAN Technologies.

The 5-year Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's (ABM) Option

This provides students majoring in computer science or computer studies with the opportunity to complete the bachelor's (B.S. or B.A.) and master's (MACS) degrees in five years.

 

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