Computer Science Classes

 

CSC 140

SURVEY OF COMPUTERS is a thorough introduction to
computers, including hardware and software concepts. Hands-on experience
using micro-computer hardware and software tools is included.
Elementary skills in using such computer tools as word processing,
spreadsheets, database managers, and programming will be developed as
time allows. Social issues involving computers will be discussed. (Communications Core)
3 credit hours

 

CSC 141

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE serves three main
purposes: to develop in students an understanding of the algorithmic
formulation of methods for problem solving on a computer; to train
students to use at least one procedural computer language; and to
acquaint students with the basic properties of computers. (Communications Core)
3 credit hours

 

CSC 144

OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING serves two main
purposes: to develop in the students an understanding of the
object-oriented approaches to the algorithmic formulation of methods for
problem solving on the computer and to train students to use at least
one object oriented computer language. (Communications Core)
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSC 141 or knowledge of “C” programming language or instructor’s permission

 

CSC 155

COMPUTERS AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY I enables the
student educator to master the knowledge and skills necessary to become
an intelligent user of computers in classrooms and laboratories. Course
topics include computer-aided instruction; Piaget’s and Papert’s
learning theories in relation to computers; word processing; electronic
gradebooks; databases; spreadsheets; telecommunications; Internet; and
an introduction to multimedia. This course is for those seeking teacher
licensure. Education majors only.
3 credit hours

 

CSC 171

APPLIED OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING serves three
main purposes: to develop in the students an understanding of the
object-oriented approaches to the algorithmic formulation of methods for
problem solving on the computer; to train students to use at least one
object-oriented computer language and to prepare students for applied
object-oriented programming in their upper level courses.
3 credit hours

 

CSC 205

BIOINFORMATICS PROGRAMMING studies the use of
scripting languages and software tools for work in bioinformatics.
Emphasis will be on data manipulation, file input and output, FASTA
files, regular expressions and pattern matching, databases, and web
programming.
Prerequisite: CSC 141, 144, 171 or 280
3 credit hours

 

CSC 210

BIOINFORMATICS ALGORITHMS studies the fundamental
algorithms used in bioinformatics. Attention will be paid to specific
algorithms (e.g. for measuring DNA similarity and for constructing
phylogenic trees), to algorithm design methods (e.g. exact vs. heuristic
methods, and dynamic programming) as well as to the computational costs
of the various algorithms (Big-O notation, and the difference between
polynomial and exponential time algorithms).
Prerequisite: CSC 141, 144, 171 or 280
3 credit hours

 

CSC 232

ELEMENTARY COBOL AND STRUCTURED PROGRAMMING emphasizes structured programming and problem-solving using COBOL.
Prerequisite: CSC 141 or equivalent
3 credit hours

 

CSC 242

ADVANCED COBOL AND FILE PROCESSING is a continuation
of the study of COBOL begun in CSC 232 and includes pseudo-code, table
handling, modular programming, documentation, and other related topics.
The techniques and concepts of structuring, sorting, and retrieving data
on bulk storage devices are also introduced.
Prerequisite: CSC 232
3 credit hours

 

CSC 255

COMPUTERS AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY II further
prepares student educators for the effective use of computers and
technology in the classroom. Through this course, students will learn
the basic skills needed to evaluate, design, produce, and utilize
multimedia products in educational, organizational, and communications
environments.
Prerequisite: CSC 155—Education majors only
3 credit hours

 

CSC 261

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS examines the four
fundamental types of data organization (sequential, direct, indexed
sequential, and database management systems) and the corresponding
programming and design techniques. Security, privacy, data integrity,
and future trends are discussed.
Prerequisite: CSC 141 or CSC 144
3 credit hours

 

CSC 271

STRUCTURED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS studies the system
development cycle with emphasis on techniques and tools, system
documentation, data flow diagrams, system testing, and implementation.
Students are expected to suggest, design, and implement a specific
application system.
Prerequisite: CSC 171
3 credit hours

 

CSC 280

NUMERICAL COMPUTING introduces procedural
programming techniques using the programming language FORTRAN. Emphasis
is placed on the analysis and design of numerical algorithms, which are
useful in business and science. Other topics include file processing and
parallel processing.
Co-requisite: MTH 161
3 credit hours

 

CSC 310

PROGRAMING LANGUAGES examines the basic concepts of
programming languages: programming language processors, elementary and
structured data types, subprograms, sequence control, data control,
storage management, syntax and translation, and programming
environments. The student will also study three different programming
languages and write a short project in each.
Prerequisite: CSC 145
3 credit hours

 

CSC 320

GENETIC ALGORITHMS studies the use of simulated
evolution in computer science and biology. Primary emphasis will be on
the use of evolutionary and genetic algorithms as tools for solving
combinatorial optimization problems (including problems arising in
bioinformatics). Secondary emphasis will be placed on construction of
computer models designed to illuminate aspects of evolutionary theory
(e.g. the computer evolution of strategies for playing the prisoner’s
dilemma as a model for the evolution of altruistic traits). Counts as a
bioinformatics elective.
3 credit hours

 

CSC 330

NUMBER THEORY AND CRYPTOGRAPHY covers the
fundamental algorithms used in both private key and public key
cryptography. Algorithms covered will include DES, AES, Diffie-Hellman,
and RSA. Traditional encryption methods such as Vigenere ciphers and
their cryptanalysis will be briefly described. The number theory needed
to understand primality testing and RSA encryption will be developed in
detail. Several programming projects aimed at implementing some of the
material will be given throughout the semester.
Cross listed with MTH 330
Prerequisites: CSC 141, 144, 171 or 280; and MTH 220
3 credit hours

 

CSC 335

JUNIOR SEMINAR is designed to teach computer science
and computer information science majors the skills necessary to learn
computer science on their own and communicate their knowledge to others
in oral and written form. All students will attend presentations made by
senior computer science students. Students will be required to write a
short, independently-researched paper and present it to the other
students in the junior seminar.
1 credit hour

 

CSC 341

NETWORKING/TELECOMMUNICATIONS introduces students to
the fundamentals of network and data communication technologies. Course
topics include telecommunication media and equipment; data transmission
and protocols; corporate, local, and wide area networks; intranets and
internets; and network software and management. An introduction to
electromagnetic concepts and principles is included to provide a
technical foundation for these concepts.
Prerequisites: CSC 141 or 144 and junior standing
3 credit hours

 

CSC 344

ALGORITHM AND COMPLEXITY will introduce concepts of algorithm analysis, strategies, time and resource complexity and basic computability.
Prerequisites: CSC 145 and MTH 220
3 credit hours

 

CSC 351

CURRENT TOPICS IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SCIENCE is a
seminar in information resource management covering such topics as
office automation, networks, distributed data processing, data
integrity, and decision support systems.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor
3 credit hours

 

CSC 352

SOFTWARE PATTERNS IN OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
serves three main purposes: to develop in the students an understanding
of software patterns in an object-oriented framework; to teach the
students the 24 most common software patterns; and to train students to
use another object-oriented computer language.
Prerequisite: CSC 144
3 credit hours

 

CSC 400

INTERNSHIP is a work-experience opportunity with the
purpose of expanding education by applying accumulated knowledge in
computer science/technology. The availability of internships is limited
to upper-level students, normally seniors with a 2.5 quality point
average. Students are approved individually by the academic department. A
contract can be obtained from the Career Services Office in Starvaggi
Hall. Internships count as general electives.
Prerequisite: Computer Science Junior or Senior standing and permission of the department chair.
Internships must be preapproved.
1-6 credit hours

 

CSC 402

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS surveys the
relationship between hardware architecture and both systems and
applications software. The influence of processor and storage system
architecture on software design is also studied.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor
3 credit hours

 

CSC 403

OPERATING SYSTEMS considers the structure of
operating systems involving design, implementation, and maintenance.
Various types of mainframe, mini, and micro operating systems will be
discussed. Some systems programming will be considered.
Prerequisite: CSC 404
3 credit hours

 

CSC 404

COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE WITH ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE is an
introduction to the architecture of the microprocessors and Assembly
Language. Concepts in digital logic, machine level of data, the assembly
level machine organization, memory system organization, interfacing and
functional organization are covered. Exercises in Assembly Programming
will illustrate some of these concepts.
Prerequisites: CSC 145 and MTH 220
3 credit hours

 

CSC 405

SYSTEMS PROJECT gives students an opportunity to
plan and implement a significant project using previously obtained
analytic and programming skills. Students will be responsible for the
proposal, management, implementation, documentation, and communication
of the project. Departmental guidance will be available when necessary.
Prerequisite: CSC 271
3 credit hours

 

CSC 410

INTRODUCTION TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERT SYSTEMS
explores artificial intelligence (AI) within the context of special
languages used in AI, such as LISP and PROLOG. Basic AI techniques
presented include those needed to understand and design simple expert
systems. As time permits, topics from the following areas may be
investigated: natural language processing, planning, machine learning,
neural networks, and various forms of reasoning.
Prerequisite: CSC 145 and junior standing
3 credit hours

 

CSC 430

THEORY OF COMPUTING examines the underlying
mathematical models and theories that are the basis of the modern
computer. Topics include grammars, types of languages, types of
automata, computability, and complexity.
Prerequisite: MTH 220
3 credit hours

 

CSC 434

SENIOR THESIS requires all computer science and
computer information science students to write a thesis on an approved
topic in computer science. Students must consult closely with a
departmental faculty member at each stage in the development of their
theses. The thesis will be presented to students in the Junior Seminar.
1 credit hour

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