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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, Bioinformatics Concentration, B.S.


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Computer Science


The Program Educational Objectives of the Computer Science Undergraduate Program describe the career and professional accomplishments that the Program is preparing graduates to achieve in three to five years after graduation. These objectives are:

  1. To systematically identify, formulate, and solve computer science problems.
  2. To apply fundamental knowledge of computer science to develop computing systems for solving real world problems or to pursue graduate studies.
  3. To utilize communication and analytical skills to work collaboratively and effectively, including supportive and leadership roles on interdisciplinary teams.
  4. To understand and demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in the global society and to demonstrate the desire for professional growth and life-long learning.

The Computer Science Program Outcomes require that the graduating students demonstrate the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, and social responsibilities.
  6. An ability to communicate effectively.
  7. An ability to analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society, including ethical, legal, security, and global policy issues.
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  10. 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.
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

The B.S. degree program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC of ABET), http://www.abet.org

The undergraduate program enrollment and the number of graduate over the past five years are as follows:

Fall 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Enrollment 158 160 170 182 216
Graduates 12 15 17 14  

Program Requirements


A minimum of 120 semester credit hours are required for completion of the BS degree in Computer Science. The distribution of these credits is outlined below.

Orientation and General Computer Science 2  
Communication 9  
Humanities / Fine Arts 9  
Social / Behavioral Sciences 6  
History 6  
Natural Sciences 12  
Mathematics 18  
CS Core courses 37  
Computer Science Electives 12  
Technical Electives 9  
Total 120  

Humanities/Fine Arts (9):


  • Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective I (3)
  • Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective II (3)
  • Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective III (3)

Note:


Humanities/Fine Arts Electives must be chosen from the General Education list of Humanities and Fine Arts courses approved by the University. One Humanities/Fine Arts Elective must be chosen from ENGL 2120 , ENGL 2310 , ENGL 2012 , ENGL 2013 , ENGL 2210 , ENGL 2320 , ENGL 2022 , or ENGL 2023 .

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6):


  • Social Behavioral Science Elective I (3)
  • Social Behavioral Science Elective II (3)

Note:


Social Behavioral Science Electives must be chosen from the General Education list of Social and Behavioral Science courses approved by the University.

Mathematics (18):


Computer Science Electives (12):


Technical Electives (9):


Technical Electives may be chosen from Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Business Information Systems.

  1. They must be at the 2000 level or above if chosen from Computer Science or Business Information Systems.
  2. They can be also chosen at any level courses from the departments other than Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science; however, the credit hours selected from 1000 level should not be more than three (3).
  3. They can be any level Natural Science courses.
  4. They can be any level Math courses at the 2000 level or above. MATH 1115  may also be accepted.
  5. Any other courses need to be approved by the Departmental Curriculum Committee.

Important Rules for Elective Courses:


All of the elective courses must be chosen in such a way that the total credits at the 3000-4000 levels must be at least 42 credits.

Suggested Four Year Plan:


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


Total: 15 Hours

Spring Semester


Total: 16 Hours

Junior Year


Senior Year


Total: 13 Hours

Spring Semester


Total: 13 Hours

Notes:


  1. Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives must be chosen from the General Education list of Social and Behavioral Science course approved by the University.
  2. Natural Sciences must be chosen from: PHYS 2110  & PHYS 2111  (or PHYS 2010  & PHYS 2011 ), PHYS 2120  & PHYS 2121  (or PHYS 2020  & PHYS 2021 ), CHEM 1110, 1111 , CHEM 1120, 1121 , or BIOL 1120, 1121 .
  3. Humanities/Fine Arts Electives must be chosen from the General Education list of Humanities and Fine Arts courses approved by the University. One Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective must be chosen from ENGL 2120 , ENGL 2310 , ENGL 2012 , ENGL 2013 , ENGL 2210 , ENGL 2320 , ENGL 2022 , or ENGL 2023 .
  4. History must be from the General Education list of History courses approved by the University. They are currently HIST 2010  and HIST 2020 . HIST 2030  may replace HIST 2010  or HIST 2020 .
  5. At least one of COMP 3110  or COMP 3120  or COMP 3130  or COMP 3140  or COMP 3150  must be taken (not more than two of those courses are allowed). COMP 1210  and COMP 3000  may not be chosen as a Computer Science Elective course.
  6. MATH Elective must be 2000 or higher level with approval of academic advisor. MATH 2500 , MATH 3130 , MATH 4500 , MATH 4724 , MATH 4750 , MATH 4900  are not accepted.
  7. Technical Electives may be chosen from Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Business Information Systems.
    1. They can be chosen at any level courses from the departments other than Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science; however, the credit hours selected from 1000 level should not be more than three (3).
    2. They can be any level Natural Science courses.
    3. They can be any level Math courses at the 2000 level or above. MATH 1115  may also be accepted.
  8. Students in Bioinformatics Concentration are required to complete a Bioinformatics related research project for COMP 4500 - Senior Project I (1)  and COMP 4510 - Senior Project II (2)  courses.

Important: All of the elective courses must be chosen in such a way that the total credits at the 3000-4000 level must be at least 42 credits.

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