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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science (B.S.)


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The BS in computer science is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

The computer science curriculum emphasizes a broad foundation of computer organization, programming languages, software engineering, distributed computing systems, data systems, algorithms, data structures, programming systems and environments, and mathematics, together with electives that focus on some aspect or application of computers. The computer science curriculum is recommended for students planning graduate studies in computing.

Technical electives consist of a set of computer science courses at the 500 level or higher that permit students to concentrate on an area of technical expertise. Common technical areas include: software engineering, which involves management and development of large software systems; operating systems, which consists of the supervisory software that controls the operation of a computer; theoretical computer science; computer systems architecture, which involves design of centralized and distributed computer systems; programming languages and their compilers; data systems; and knowledge engineering (artificial intelligence).

A person seeking a bachelor of science degree in computer science must fulfill the following requirements:

Bachelor’s degree requirements

CS Option


Freshman year


Fall semester (15-16 credit hours)


  • Humanities/social science elective (first of five) Credits: (3)

Spring semester (14 credit hours)


  • Humanities/social science elective (second of five) Credits: (3)

Sophomore year


Fall semester (16 credit hours)


  • Natural science elective with laboratory (first of four) Credits: (4)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (3)

Spring semester (17 credit hours)


  • Natural science elective (second of four) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities/social science elective (third of five) Credits: (3)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (2-3)

Junior year


Fall semester (16 credit hours)


  • Natural science elective with lab (third of four) Credits: (4)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (6)

Spring semester (16 credit hours)


  • Humanities/Social sciences elective (fourth of five) Credits: (3)
  • Natural science elective (fourth of four) Credits: (3)

Senior year


Fall semester (15 credit hours)


  • Humanities/Social sciences elective (fifth of five) Credits: (3)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (3)

Spring semester (15 credit hours)


  • Technical elective (second of two) Credits: (3)
  • Unrestricted electives Credits: (6)

Notes


A grade of C or better is required for all graded courses listed by specific course number above.

All students new to the CIS department must complete CIS 015.

Either CIS 570 or CIS 575 must be completed.

Natural science courses must have departmental approval.

Humanities/social science electives must be taken from the list approved by the College of Engineering and must include 6 hours selected from the following departments: English, History, Modern Languages, and Philosophy (except PHILO 492).  At least 6 of these hours must be UGE courses at the 300-level or above.

An unrestricted elective is any 100- or higher-level course, excluding courses listed as a prerequisite to a required course, approved by an advisor.

Total hours required for graduation (124)


SE Option


Freshman year


Fall Semester (15-16 credit hours)


  • Humanities/Social sciences elective (first of five) Credits: (3)

Spring semester (14 credit hours)


  • Humanities/Social sciences elective (second of five) Credits: (3)

Sophomore year


Fall semester (16 credit hours)


  • Natural science elective with lab (first of four) Credits: (4)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (3)

Spring semester (16-17 credit hours)


  • Humanities/Social science elective (third of five) Credits: (3)
  • Natural science elective (second of four) Credits: (3)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (2-3)

Junior year


Fall semester (16 credit hours)


  • Humanities/Social science elective (fourth of five) Credits: (3)
  • Natural science elective with lab (third of four) Credits: (4)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (3)

Spring semester (16 credit hours)


  • Humanities/Social science elective (fifth of five) Credits: (3)
  • Unrestricted electives Credits: (6)

Senior year


Fall semester (15 credit hours)


  • Technical elective (first of two) Credits: (3)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (3)

Spring semester (15 credit hours)


  • Technical elective (second of two) Credits: (3)
  • Natural science elective (fourth of four) Credits: (3)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: (3)

Notes


A grade of C or better is required for all graded courses listed by specific course number above.All students new to the CIS department must complete CIS 015.

Natural science courses must have departmental approval.

Humanities/social science electives must be taken from the list approved by the College of Engineering and must include 6 hours selected from the following departments: English, History, Modern Languages, and Philosophy (except PHILO 492). At least 6 of these hours must be UGE courses at the 300-level or above.

An unrestricted elective is any 100- or higher-level course, excluding courses listed as a prerequisite to a required course, approved by an advisor.

Total hours required for graduation (124)