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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Computer Science (CMPBD) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: Spring Semester 2007 -UCA

Computer Science - ARCHIVE

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CMPBD)

PROFESSOR RONALD L. MCCARTY, in charge

This major builds on a firm foundation of computer science, mathematics, and natural science courses. Students prepare for the major by taking lower-division courses in programming, discrete math, and computer organization. They then complete upper-division courses in data structures, data base management systems, programming language fundamentals, graphics and visualization, and systems programming. Students must complete an eight-credit physics sequence, four credits in biology or chemistry, and an additional ten credits in a combination of natural science, math, or statistics electives. Finally, they must take at least nine credits of computer science electives and nine credits of supporting courses.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for a wide variety of computer-oriented careers in business, industry, and government, particularly in areas that require the practical application of computer science concepts and techniques to solving problems in the natural sciences. In addition, graduates will be prepared to pursue graduate study in computer science or in computationally intensive sub-disciplines of the natural sciences, such as bio-informatics, computational biology, computational physics, or computational chemistry.

For a B.S. degree in Computer Science, a minimum of 124 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Scheduling Recommendations by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 96-98 credits
(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses, 3 credits of GWS courses, 9 credits of GN courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (59 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], CSE 103 GQ(4)[1], CSE 120(3)[1], CMPBD 127(1)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CSE 260(3), CSE 271(3), CMPBD 360(3)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 250(3), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4),
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
STABD 303(3)[1], CMPBD 410(3)[1], CMPBD 460W(3)[1], CENBD 421(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
CMPBD 411(3)[1], CMPBD 440(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-11 credits)
Select either BIOL 110 GN(4), or CHEM 012 GN(3) and CHEM 014 GN(l) (Sem: 1-2)
M I S 204(2) or IST 110 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MISBD 336(3)[1] or IST 210(4) (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (28 credits)
Select 10 additional credits in the sciences from the approved list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 9 credits from the school approved list [Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 additional credits in computing from the approved list (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-05-001

Review Date: 10/06/05

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