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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Computer Science

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CMPBD)

The goal of the Computer Science major at Behrend is to produce graduates with a firm foundation in the fundamentals of computer science along with a significant background in one or more of the natural sciences to provide context. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in one of the natural sciences (biology, chemistry), math, or statistics. Students prepare for the major by taking lower-division courses in programming, discrete math, computer organization, and data communications. They then complete upper-division courses in data structures and algorithms, data base management systems, net-centric programming, programming language fundamentals, and operating systems, and systems programming.

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.

Entrance Requirement: To be eligible for entrance to the Computer Science (CMPBD) major, a student must have completed MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), CMPSC 121 GQ(3), CMPSC 122(3), and one of the following: BIOL 110 GN(4), or CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1) or PHYS 211 GN(4) with a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For a B.S. degree in Computer Science, a minimum of 122-123 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
(21 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 21 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GWS courses, 9 credits of GN courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (57 credits)
CMPSC 121 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 122(3)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 221(3), CMPSC 312(3)[1], CMPSC 335(3)[1], CMPSC 360(3)[1], CAS 100A GWS(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 465(3)[1], CMPSC 471(3)[1], MIS 336(3), STAT 301(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
CMPSC 461(3)[1], CMPSC 474(3)[1], CMPSC 484(2)[1], CMPSC 485W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (25-26 credits)

Select one of the following sequences (10-11 credits):
a. CHEM 110 GN(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 220W GN(4) or BIOL 230 GN(4) or BIOL 240 GN(4) (Sem:1-2)
b. CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(l), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), CHEM 210(3) (Sem: 1-2)
c. PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2) or PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 1-2)

Select at least 15 additional science credits from department approved list (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 6 credits from the school approved list [Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC] [Students may apply 6 credits of internship CMPSC 495] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 additional credits from CMPSC 302 or higher, CMPEN, SWENG. (Sem: 1-8)

[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: Fall Semester 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-06-016

Review Date: 4/14/09

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

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