Scott DeLoach, Head
University Distinguished Professors: Hatcliff; Professors: Andresen, DeLoach, Hsu, Mizuno, Neilsen, and Robby; Associate Professors: Amariucai, Amtoft, C. Caragea, D. Caragea, Howell, Prabhakar, and Vasserman; Assistant Professor: Munir and Ranganath; Instructors: Bean, Lang, Thornton, Valenzuela, and Weese; Emeritus University Distinguished Professor: Schmidt; Emeritus Professors: Gustafson, Hankley, Schmidt, Unger, Van Swaay, and Wallentine; Emeriti Associate Professors: Calhoun, Conrow, and Zamfir-Bleyberg; Emeritus Instructor: Shea.
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Computer Science is the study of computing and its possibilities, ranging from theoretical foundations to applications in business, society, and the sciences. Many other fields require a minor emphasis in Computer Science, and students working toward a dual degree (one in Computer Science and one in some other field) are common. The CS Department also offers a minor in Computer Science.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program emphasizes a broad foundation of computer organization, software engineering, distributed computing systems, data structures, programming environments, and mathematics, together with electives that focus on advanced aspects and applications.
Admission to the Pre-Professional Program
New students, including transfer students, should submit the standard application form directly to the Office of Admissions. The admission criteria are the same as those for the university and the College of Engineering.
Any student who has completed more than 15 credit hours at Kansas State University in any major outside the College of Engineering may change majors into the pre-professional program provided that the student meets the admission requirements for the College of Engineering. A resident cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better is required for a change of major from any Engineering program to the pre-professional program Computer Science.
Course Requirements (24 total credits)
The course requirements and semester-by-semester curriculum for a BS in Computer Science remain in effect. However, certain courses from the first three semesters of the curriculum must be completed with a C or better for advancement beyond the pre-professional program. These courses are:
||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
||Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
||Introduction to Computing Science
||Data and Program Structures
||Logical Foundations of Programming
||Introduction to Computer Engineering
Admission to the Professional Program
Students must complete the pre-professional program and be accepted to the professional program prior to taking any of the following courses, which we will refer to as professional program courses:
||Ethics and Computing Technology
||Computer Architecture and Organization
||Software Architecture and Design
||Introduction to Programming Languages
||Operating Systems I
||Database System Concepts
||Introduction to Algorithm Analysis
||Computer Science Project
||Concurrent Software Systems
||Software Testing Techniques
||Software Engineering Project I
The only other students who will be allowed to enroll in any of the above courses are non-CS majors who need these specific courses to satisfy the degree requirements of their majors. Non-CS majors wishing to use any of these courses to satisfy elective requirements for their majors will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
In order to be considered for admission to the professional program, a student must have:
- Passed all pre-professional program courses with a C or better.
- Achieved at least a 2.3 GPA on all pre-professional courses (including transfer courses).
Additionally, an application to the professional program must be submitted to the Department of Computer Science by the end of the eighth week of either the Spring or Fall semester. This submission will be immediately prior to the student’s pre-enrollment into any of the professional program courses.
All courses in the pre-professional program must be completed and all grade criteria must be met by the end of the semester that the application is submitted. An exception to this rule is the student who expects to complete these criteria during the summer term. Those students should also make application in the Spring semester prior to pre-enrollment. All eligible applicants will be allowed to pre-enroll into professional program courses with the understanding that they will be dropped if they are not accepted for admission to the professional program prior to the beginning of the subsequent semester.
Applications will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee of the Department and accepted or rejected as soon as possible after semester grades are issued. The number of students admitted in any given semester will be limited by the number of seats available. If the number of applicants who meet the grade requirements listed above exceeds the number of seats available, then in addition to the minimum grade requirements listed above, the admission will be determined by resident overall GPA.
Students who have completed the pre-professional program with the required grades, but are denied admission, may re-apply in a later semester.
After admission to the professional program, students will be subject to the following academic standards that are more stringent than those for the University.
- Warning of unsatisfactory progress
Regardless of the overall GPA, a student with any “D” or “F” grade in any professional program course will receive a “Warning of Unsatisfactory Progress.” This warning will remain in effect for the remainder of their stay in the professional program.
- Dismissal from the Program
If a student has received a warning of unsatisfactory progress, then subsequently receives a “D” or “F” grade in any professional program course, that student will be dismissed from the professional program, and will be ineligible to enroll in any professional program courses (though students who transfer to either Computer Engineering or Biomedical Engineering will be allowed to enroll in certain courses, as outlined above).
A student who has been dismissed from the professional program may petition to be readmitted to the program, provided at least one year has elapsed from the conclusion of the last semester that the student was in the program to the beginning of the semester for which the student is seeking admission. The petition must include a justification of the student’s preparedness to complete the program. This petition must be submitted to the Computer Science Department by the eighth week of the Fall or Spring semester preceding the semester for which the student seeks readmission. The student will be interviewed by the Curriculum Committee, who will then make a decision in time for the student to pre-enroll. All readmitted students will remain on warning of unsatisfactory progress for the remainder of their stay in the professional program.
**The warning and dismissal actions referenced above are departmental actions that are separate and distinct from Academic Warning and Academic Dismissal as defined by the University Catalog. Grades earned during an intersession will not be considered by the Department in the determination of unsatisfactory academic progress by the department.
Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes
Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.
- Graduates will have progressed in the computing field by either obtaining an advanced technical/management position, exhibiting entrepreneurial activities or obtaining a graduate degree.
- Graduates will have worked with others to develop software systems that meet the needs of society.
- Graduates will be committed to lifelong learning and contributing back to the profession.
- Graduates will be committed to the professional and ethical standards established by related professional societies.
Approved by the faculty of the department of computer science on April 6, 2016.
Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The computer science program will enable students to attain the following, by the time of graduation:
a. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to these outcomes and to the discipline
b. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
c. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
d. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
e. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
f. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
g. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
h. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
i. An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice
j. An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and
design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
k. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceNon-Degree
CoursesComputing and Information Sciences