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Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science Major, BS


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Program Admission

The computer science program provides quality state-of-the-art education in computer science and information technology to undergraduate students at WSSU.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the computer science program, students will:

  1. Exhibit proficiency in the design and development of computer programs and software systems.
  2. Exhibit proficiency in the application of principles of computer organization and architecture.
  3. Exhibit proficiency in the application of computer software, hardware, related technologies, procedures, and theories to problem solving.
  4. Show evidence of having achieved WSSU Educational Goals.
  5. Be equipped to gain immediate employment in computer science related fields and/or pursue graduate studies.

Description

The Computer Science major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. At least 36 hours of computer science, 17 hours of mathematics and 14 hours of laboratory science are required. This program gives the student a broad knowledge of computer science and the freedom to pursue areas of specific interest. Core courses provide foundations in programming and computer languages, the structure of data, computer architecture and the theory of computation and programming languages. Advanced courses provide depth and breadth in computer science. The student must follow one of two options of study: the applied option or the technical option. The option electives taken during the junior and senior years allow exploration of a second discipline or specific areas of computer science, such as Networking, e-Commerce, Database Systems, Computer Graphics, Space Science, High Performance Computing or Theoretical Computer Science.

Both the applied and technical options provide the background for graduate study in computer science and/or fields related to the option of interest. The computer science core and required computer science courses are the same for both options; however, the option electives differ for the two options.

The applied option, with a business orientation, prepares the student for applications programming and computer-related careers in business and industry. The technical option has a scientific emphasis, preparing the student for employment in scientific, mathematical and engineering-related careers. Students completing each option will qualify for entry-level computer science positions in industry and will have the background necessary for graduate study in computer science and related disciplines.

Graduation Requirements


All computer science majors earn a total of at least 121-122 semester hours of credit:

General Electives: (8)


may include non-CSC courses and/or CSC courses 121-122 hours total 

Majors must earn at least a grade of C in all computer science courses


Computer Science Option Electives


Option electives allow the student to develop depth in an area of computer science or gain exposure to a second discipline that uses the computer as a tool.

Applied Option (6 Semester Hours*)


Select one area of specialization and complete a minimum of two courses (6 SH*) from only one selected area. The specialization area may be computer science or one of the disciplines listed for the applied option.

Computer Science:


Technical Option (6 Semester Hours* minimum)


Select one area of specialization and complete a minimum of two courses (6 SH*) from only one selected area. The specialization area may be computer science or one of the disciplines listed for the technical option.

Computer Science:


Note(s):


*Courses selected must be approved by the student’s advisor and the student must satisfy course prerequisites. Changes to the suggested list of electives may be made with the approval of the department chair.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science


Freshman


Sophomore


Junior


Senior


Spring Semester (12)


Total Hours: 121-122 Semester Hours


(GE) General Education Core Requirements

* Students with no high school computer courses should take CSC 1307 before CSC 1310

1 Social Science—Select 3 courses (SOC 2301; PSY 2301; HIS 1302; POS 2311 or other approved social science electives)

2 CSC LAB elective (1 SH course): Select CSC 2141, 2160, 2181, 2183, 2184

3 CSC CORE elective (3 SH course): Select CSC 3342, 3351, 3355, 3390, or 33xx (that are not option electives)

4 CSC ADVANCED elective (3 SH course): Select CSC 3392, 4322, 4385, 4386, 43xx (that are not option electives)

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