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Computer Science Courses


CS 110 Introduction to Python (2.00 SH). This course presents an introduction to programming for math, science and technology-oriented students, using Python. The syntax and semantics of the language will be covered, with emphasis on mathematical and scientific applications. Object-oriented design, development and debugging will be covered.

CS 111 Introduction to Ruby (2.00 SH). This course presents an introduction to programming for math, science and technology-oriented students, using Ruby. The syntax and semantics of the language will be covered, with emphasis on mathematical and scientific applications. Object-oriented design, development and debugging will be covered.

CS 112 Introduction to R (2.00 SH). This course presents an introduction to programming for math, science and technology-oriented students. The syntax and and semantics of the language will be covered, with emphasis on mathematical and scientific applications. Object-oriented design, development and debugging will be covered.

CS 151 Principles of Computer Science I (4.00 SH). A broad introduction to the discipline of computer science, with attention given to many components of the field. Topics include an examination of subfields of computer science, computer representation of data, an introduction to hardware structure, and fundamentals of programming languages. Special emphasis is given to techniques for problem solving and algorithm development, designing and implementing computer programs, and software analysis and verification methods. Prerequisite: prior programming experience recommended. (Offered Fall semester.)

CS 152 Principles of Computer Science II (4.00 SH). A continuation of the study of the discipline of computer science. This course includes an introduction to data structures, simulation, and scientific uses of computing. Programming for searching and sorting data is covered, as well as an introduction to recursion. Prerequisite: CS 151. (Offered Spring semester.)

CS 251 Data Structures (4.00 SH). A course on the use, implementation and analysis of data structures and algorithms. Data structures to be studied include balanced search trees, hash tables, priority queues and disjoint sets. Advanced sorting algorithms and recursive techniques are also studies, along with mathematical techniques for algorithm analysis. Students will also be introduced to a second programming language. Prerequisite: CS 152. Co-requisite: MTH 241. (Offered Fall semester.)

CS 310 Human-Computer Interaction (4.00 SH). This course stresses the importance of good interfaces and the relationship of user design to human-computer interaction. Other topics include: human information processing models and their role; interface quality and methods of evaluation; inter design examples; dimensions of interface variability; dialogue tools and techniques; user-centered design and task analysis; prototyping and the iterative design cycle; user interface implementation; prototyping tools and environments; basic computer graphics and sound. Prerequisite: CS 151 or CS 102. (Offered Fall semester, odd years.)

CS 311 Computer Architecture (4.00 SH). A study of the organization of computer systems at the hardware level, along with advanced concepts and techniques for programming in assembly language. Co-requisite: CS 152. (Offered Spring semester, odd years.)

CS 321 Database Theory & Design (4.00 SH). The design and implementation of systems for managing large integrated collections of data. Database system architecture; the relational and object-oriented models; security and integrity; and commercial database systems are studied. Included also is computer laboratory experience with one specific database system. Co-requisite: CS 251. (Offered Spring semester, odd years.)

CS 325 Information Security (4.00 SH). This course examines management issues and practical implications related to securing information systems. A clear theoretical understanding supports a large practical component where students learn to audit information systems and use contemporary security software. It focuses on the threat environment, security policy and planning, cryptography, secure networks, access control, firewalls, host hardening, application security, data protection, incident response, networking and review of TCP/IP. Prerequisite: CS 151 and 152.

CS 331 Adv Data Structures & Algorithms (4.00 SH). This course continues the study of data structures and algorithms begun in CS 251. Major topics for this course are dynamic programming techniques and graph algorithms. Other topics will include string matching, geometric algorithms and number theoretic algorithms. Prerequisite: CS 251. (Offered Spring semester, even years.)

CS 341 AI and Machine Learning (4.00 SH). The fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI), including problem solving techniques, search, heuristic methods, knowledge representation, planning and machine learning. Prerequisite: CS 251. (Offered on demand, Spring semester.)

CS 351 Software Engineering (4.00 SH). Methodology for development and implementation of complete software systems. The course integrates concepts and methods from earlier courses and emphasizes program maintenance, file processing, debugging, and documentation. Software engineering concepts are discussed and a system project is completed. Prerequisite: CS 152 or permission of instructor. (Offered Spring semester, odd years.)

CS 383 Adv Mobile App Development (4.00 SH).

CS 411 Language Design & Implementation (4.00 SH). An introduction to the principles underlying the design of programming languages and their compilers. Included are models from automata and formal language theory as they apply to the definition and processing of programming languages. Co-requisite: CS 251. (Offered Fall semester, even years.)

CS 421 Operating Systems (4.00 SH). The design, implementation and use of operating systems components is studied. Topics covered include: memory management, process management, device and file management, network protocols and interfaces, and basic systems administration. An emphasis is placed on systems programming including: standard low-level APIs, multi-threaded/concurrent programming, shared memory and other interprocess communication related topics, low-level device interfaces, and an introduction to network programming. Prerequisite: CS 311. (Offered Fall semester, even years.)

CS 431 Data Communications/Networks (4.00 SH). This course combines two important topics which aid in the link between human and machine. Techniques for transmitting data between machines will be emphasized, including local area networks, modem and satellite telecommunications and terminal interfacing. Independent student projects will be used to illustrate topics covered. Prerequisite: CS 152 or permission of instructor. (Offered on demand.)

CS 441 Computer Graphics (4.00 SH). A study of the basic concepts related to computer graphics and how images are produced and displayed by the computer. The course covers both theory and applications. Existing software is utilized to provide a background for more in-depth study of underlying principles. Theoretical concepts are reinforced through development of graphics software. Students need a solid foundation in mathematics, structured programming, and data structures. Prerequisite: CS 251. (Offered on demand, Spring semester.)

CS 451 Project Management (4.00 SH). Project management is the discipline of applying knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to projects; in this case, information systems projects. Organizations typically have a limited number of resources and time that must be used carefully to produce a product or service that meets the desired goals. The course covers a systematic methodology for initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing a project. Project management is a complex team-based activity, where various types of technologies (including project management software as well as software to support group collaboration) are an inherent part of the project management process. Prerequisite: CJ 151 and CS 351 or permission of instructor.

CS 594 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH).

CS 601 Computer Science Capstone I (2.00 SH). In the first half of the semester, students perform a literature review phase towards creating a research thesis. They will select a thesis adviser from the Computer Science faculty who will provide guidance in selecting an area for exploration and locating review materials. After approval of the research thesis, students use the remaining time in the semester to work on their project, meeting weekly with other students in the course to discuss their progress. Prerequisites: CS 151, 152, 251, plus four additional CS courses that count for the major. (Offered Fall semester.)

CS 602 Computer Science Capstone II (2.00 SH). Students continue their research related work towards producing a research thesis. This will culminate in the writing of a thesis which and an oral presentation either on or off campus. Prerequisite: CS 601. (Offered Spring semester.)

CS 611 Information Security (4.00 SH).

 

Supporting Courses


BIO 201 Cell Biology & Genetics (SD) (4.00 SH). This course serves as an introduction for students who have chosen biology or molecular biology as a major or minor. A combination of lectures, laboratory exercises, and assignments will introduce students to ways of observing and thinking about fundamental concepts and processes in the following areas of biology—biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and biotechnology. Various resources will be utilized to reinforce biological concepts, learn new laboratory skills, and improve critical thinking skills. Multiple sections offered every Fall Semester; one section offered every Spring Semester. Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

BIO 202 Found II:Evolution,Form&Func (SD) (4.00 SH). BIO 202 is the second in a series of three foundational courses in biology, designed to serve as an introduction for students who are taking a biology or molecular biology major or minor. Using explorative lectures coupled with investigative laboratories, BIO 202 will focus on evolution, the structure and physiology of plants and animals, and animal development. Concepts and practices of experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation of results will be reinforced and extended through integrated laboratory activities. Prerequisite: completion of BIO 201. Offered Spring Semester.

BIO 203 Found III:Biodiversity & Ecology (4.00 SH). This course is the last in a series of three foundational courses in biology, and serves as an introduction for students who have chosen biology as a major or minor. A combination of lectures, laboratory exercises, and assignments will introduce you to the diversity or organisms and their ecological interactions. Various resources will be utilized to reinforce biological concepts, enhance the learning experience and use of practical skills, and to improve critical thinking skills (textbooks, scientific journals, laboratory experiments, writing assignments, etc.). Prerequisite: completion of BIO 202. Offered Fall Semester.

CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry (SD) (4.00 SH). A course emphasizing stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear phenomena, and interactions of science and society. In the laboratory program students will investigate chemical systems, analyze observations and data, devise explanations, and communicate results. Prerequisites: High school chemistry and an acceptable score on a placement test or completion of CHE 111 or ES 160 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters. Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

CHE 180 Inorganic Chemistry (4.00 SH). A study of the energetics of the bonding and reactions of inorganic compounds. Emphasis is given to the periodicity of the chemical and physical properties of the elements. Major themes of the course include effective nuclear charge, lattice energy, charge density, acid/base theories, and the descriptive chemistry of all of the elements. The laboratory includes the investigation of the energetics of reactions, the synthesis and analysis of coordination compounds, qualitative chemistry, and the communication of results. Prerequisite: CHE 117 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

MTH 150 Calculus I (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of differential calculus. Topics considered include functions, limits, continuous functions, differentiation and integration of functions with one real variable, applications of differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will be introduced to some basic calculus proofs. This course is suggested for all students who expect to continue for any advanced degree including finance, law, and medicine. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 152 Calculus II (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of integral calculus, including techniques and applications of integration. Other topics include infinite series and introductory topics from differential equations. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 150 or the permission of the instructor. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 241 Discrete Mathematics (4.00 SH). An introduction to discrete mathematics. Topics covered include logic, sets, functions, relations, counting, mathematical induction, recurrence relations, and graphs. The topics are tied together through an emphasis on proof techniques and mathematical writing. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 150 or MTH 131. (Offered Fall semester.)

MTH 321 Numerical Analysis (4.00 SH). This course explores the development of methods to approximate the solutions to differential equations, zeros of functions, solutions to linear systems of equations, as well as analysis of errors involved in using these methods. Prerequisites: MTH 250 and CS 151. (Offered on demand.)

PHY 151 Principles Physics I (SD) (4.00 SH). The first semester of an introductory study of physics (mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, light and modern physics). Basic principles used in both semesters are introduced in the first semester. Some basic concepts of calculus may be introduced as needed. A laboratory is included. Co-requisite: MTH 150 or higher. Offered Fall Semester. Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

PHY 152 Principles Physics II (4.00 SH). The second semester of an introductory study of physics (mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, light and modern physics). Calculus methods will be used. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PHY 151; Co-requisite: MTH 152 or higher. Offered Spring Semester.

 

What can you do with a Computer Science degree?

Imagine yourself a software applications developer, computer systems analyst, computer programmer, database administrator, computer systems engineer, web developer, or information security analyst.