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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Computer Science Minor

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CSCBD)

The computer science minor at Behrend establishes a strong conceptual framework in computer science for students in other majors, so they can apply computer science methods and techniques to their primary field of study. The minor begins with the second level course in computer programming (CMPSC 122), the choice of a course in Object-Oriented Web based programming or design (CMPSC 221 or SWENG 311), a course in discrete math for computer science (CMPSC 360), and a course in Data Structures and Algorithms (CMPSC 465). These twelve credits are followed with an additional six credits of 400-level work in computer science (CMPSC). (Please note that CMPSC 121 and MATH 140 are prerequisites for CMPSC 122.)

Computing has become a critical aspect of most disciplines. This minor provides students with the opportunity to develop computing expertise which can then be applied to their field of study, thus enhancing job placement opportunities after graduation or better preparing the student to pursue graduate work in computing intensive sub-disciplines of their major. The emphasis is on building a conceptual framework which will allow the student to continue to learn new computing techniques beyond graduation in this rapidly evolving discipline.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
CMPSC 122(3) (Sem: 2-4)
CMPSC 360(3), CMPSC 465(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 221(3), CMPSC 312 (3), or SWENG 311(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits of 400-level (below 490) CMPSC courses (Sem: 7-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-03-012

Review Date: 11/08/2011

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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