Studies in Computer Science give thorough grounding in the principles of computer software design and development. A student who follows the Computer Science course of study is prepared for graduate studies as well as for positions in software development, systems analysis, and computer systems management. The Information Systems option is less theoretical than the Computer Science major. Many Information Systems majors choose to study also in a business field to strengthen their skills and to meet personal goals.
The various disciplines represented within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science are united by their reliance upon:
- methods for discovering and demonstrating patterns, and for constructing structures that exhibit, unify and illuminate these patterns;
- application of these structures to model a wide variety of phenomena in mathematics and the sciences;
- precise language as a means to express patterns and describe structures. Accordingly, graduates of the Math/Physics/Computer Science department will
- demonstrate knowledge of basic content appropriate to the chosen major;
- communicate precisely and effectively on quantitative matters;
- perform basic modeling and to interpret the results in terms of the phenomena being modeled;
- read quantitative material, interpret correctly what has been read, and apply it correctly.
(B.A. degree) Forty-two hours required. Twenty-seven hours in Computer Science including CSC 115, 215, 304, 315, 350, 405, 450 and six additional hours in Computer Science numbered 300 or above: fifteen hours of allied courses including MAT 111, 301 and at least nine hours selected from ART 234, 334, 435; BUA 210, 211, 300; ECO 221, 223, 304; PHI 151, 325; six hours of which must be chosen from one department. Only one hour of CSC 270 may count towards the major.
For course descriptions, please see Computer Science.