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2011-2012 University Catalog 
    
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science – Major


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Students in the computer science program will:

  • Attain an understanding of the fundamental and advanced aspects of quantitative and statistical analysis, information theory, and computer science.
  • Attain proficiency in software and database development that are relevant to computer science and be competent in web-centered and network application development.
  • Attain an understanding and appreciation of the major topics in the liberal arts and social sciences by successfully completing the University’s general education requirements.
  • Be able to communicate effectively to their colleagues, both in writing and oral presentation.

Beginning in fall 2008, students majoring in computer science choose one of two tracks to pursue in their studies.

The computer technology track focuses on traditional computer science areas such as software engineering, network computing, and operating systems, with an emphasis on web-based computing and technology. A senior-level research project will be part of the computer technology track requirements.

The medical informatics track will give students a background in biology and clinical medicine in combination with the traditional computer science curriculum. A two-part specialty course in medical informatics will be offered in the third year. A required health information science Project will also be part of the medical informatics curriculum.

Both the computing technology track and the medical informatics track require a minimum of 130 credits of which 92 credits are in common, including computer science courses, mathematical and statistics courses, and general education courses.

In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center.

The computer science program is not accepting students who enter the University in Catalog Year 2010 or Catalog Year 2011. Requirements listed below apply to Catalog Years 2009 and beyond.

Required Computer Science Courses (30 credits)


  • CS 2XX - Computer Science Colloquium Credit: 1
  • CS 3XX - Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Computer Science Seminar Credit: 1

General Education Courses (43 credits)


Computing Technology Track (39 credits)


  • CS 2XX - Computer Architecture Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Algorithms Credits: 3
  • Program Electives (2 courses in science, mathematics, or health science) Credits: 6

Medical Informatics Track (39 credits)


  • CS 3XX - Medical Informatics i Credits: 3
  • CS 3XX - Medical Informatics II Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Health Information Science Project I Credits: 2
  • CS 4XX - Health Information Science Project II Credits: 2
  • Program Electives (2 courses in science, mathematics, or health science) Credits: 6

Sample Computer Science: Computing Technology Track Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2008 (graduating class of 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • CS 2XX - Computer Science Colloquium Credit: 1
  • CS 2XX - Computer Architecture Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Program Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • CS 3XX - Management Information Systems Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Computer Science Seminar Credit: 1

Credits/Semester: 15-16


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Algorithms Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14–15


Total Minimum Credit Hours for BS Degree in Computer Science: Computing Technology Track: 130


Sample Computer Science: Computing Technology Track Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2009 (graduating class of 2013)—with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • CS 2XX - Computer Science Colloquium Credit: 1
  • CS 2XX - Computer Architecture Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Program Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • CS 3XX - Management Information Systems Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Computer Science Seminar Credits: 1

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 4
  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Algorithms Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15–16


Total Minimum Credit Hours for BS Degree in Computer Science: Computing Technology Track: 130


Sample Computer Science: Medical Informatics Track Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2008 (graduating class of 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • CS 2XX - Computer Science Colloquium Credit: 1

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 3XX - Medical Informatics I Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 3XX - Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  • CS 3XX - Medical Informatics II Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Health Information Science Project I Credits: 2

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Computer Science Seminar Credit: 1
  • CS 4XX - Health Information Science Project II Credits: 2

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Total Credit Hours for BS Degree in Computer Science: Medical Informatics Track: 130


Sample Computer Science: Medical Informatics Track Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2009 (graduating classes of 2013)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • CS 2XX - Computer Science Colloquium Credit: 1

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 3XX - Medical Informatics I Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 3XX - Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  • CS 3XX - Medical Informatics II Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Health Information Science Project I Credits: 2

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • CS 4XX - Computer Science Seminar Credit: 1
  • CS 4XX - Health Information Science Project II Credits: 2

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Total Minimum Credit Hours for BS Degree in Computer Science: Medical Informatics Track: 130


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