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Begin Date: Summer Session 2003
End Date: Spring Semester 2010

Computer Science - ARCHIVE

Capital College (COMP)

PROFESSOR THANG N. BUI, Program Chair

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as computer scientists in engineering, scientific, industrial, and business environments as software developers, programmers, and systems analysts. While most students will enter the job market directly upon graduation, graduate school in computer science or related areas is also an option. Selection of electives can be tailored for students pursuing this path.

The Computer Science major provides a solid foundation in the areas of systems programming, algorithm design, artificial intelligence, and engineering large software systems using state-of-the-art methodologies and programming languages.

Students may expect to: develop a solid foundation in mathematical studies relevant to computer science; master skills in computer science; enjoy possibilities for internships and part-time employment with local companies; and become problem solvers. These goals are consistent with the goals outlined by the Association of Computing Machinery.

For a B.S. degree in Computer Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Computer Science major requires that the student has completed: MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), CMPSC 121(3), or CMPSC 201(3). A 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(9 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 ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 5-6 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 78-79 credits
(This includes 9 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses, 6 credits of GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (51 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[2], MATH 141 GQ(4)[2](Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 017 GQ(3)[2] (Sem: 3-4)
SSET 295(1) (Sem: 4)
CMPSC 312(3)[1], CMPSC 422(3), CMPSC 452(3), CMPSC 460(3), CMPSC 462(3)[1], CMPSC 463(3)[1], CMPSC 469(3)[1], CMPSC 472(3), CMPSC 487W(3) (Sem: 5-8)
MATH 315(3)[1], MATH 336(3), MATH 444(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
Select 3-4 credits[2] from the following: CMPSC 121 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 6 credits[2] from the following: CMPEN 271(3), CMPSC 122 GQ(3), CMPSC 360(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following: CMPSC 313(3), CMPSC 402(3), CMPSC 426(3), CMPSC 428(3), CMPSC 429(3), CMPSC 430(3), CMPSC 436(3), CMPSC 441(3), CMPSC 457(3), CMPSC 470(3), CMPSC 497(1-9), MATH 411(3), MATH 412(4), MATH 425(3), MATH 436(3), MATH 445(3), MATH 450(3), MATH 475W US;IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits of 300-400 level courses in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (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.
[2] Cumulative GPA of 2.40 required for these courses.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-07-041

Review Date: 3/8/04

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

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