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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: Summer Session 2009

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 this 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: 97-98 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], CMPSC 121 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 122(3)[1], CMPBD 127(1)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CMPEN 271(3), CMPSC 360(3), CMPBD 360(3)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 250(3), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPEN 351(3)[1], CMPSC 459(3)[1], CMPSC 465(3)[1], STAT 301(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
CMPSC 461(3)[1], CMPSC 474(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10-11 credits)
Select either BIOL 110 GN(4), or CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(l) (Sem: 1-2)
IST 110 GS(3) or MIS 204(3) (Sem: 3-4)
IST 210(4) or MIS 336(3)[1] (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: 7/6/07

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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