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Undergraduate Computer Science Courses

CSC 104 Computers in the Business World (A). Provides a general introduction to the different uses of computers in business. Includes these topics: computer system concepts, data representation and storage, processor and peripheral hardware, data processing and word processing systems, spreadsheets, report generation, database queries, and management packages. 3 Cr.

CSC 105 Internet and Web Publishing (A). Prerequisite: CSC 104 or CIS 106 or GEP 150 or equivalent. Provides a general introduction to cyberspace. Includes these topics: Internet, e-mail, lists, news groups, Gopher, Telnet, FTP, World Wide Web, net browsers, and creating Web home pages using HTML. 3 Cr.

CSC 120 Introduction to Computer Science (A). Prerequisite: MTH 111 or higher. Provides a breadth-first introduction to computer science. Includes these topics: algorithms and their properties; binary, octal and hexadecimal: arithmetic and conversion; representation of integer and real numbers; elementary computer organization, architecture and programming of a simple machine; digital logic; Java programming: declarations, assignments, expressions, I/O and loops; operating systems and networks; database, spreadsheet, etc.; ethical, legal and social issues of computing. Preparation for CSC 203. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 203 Fundamentals of Computer Science I (A). Prerequisites: CSC 120 and MTH 122 or higher. Covers fundamental computer science concepts and object-oriented program development in Java. Includes these topics: problem solving, algorithm design and implementation; program testing and documentation; primitive data types, data manipulation, selection, loops; classes, methods, parameters, inheritance; arrays, strings, files, introduction to sorting and searching techniques and other basic algorithms. Requires extensive programming and supervised laboratory sessions. 4 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 205 Fundamentals of Computer Science II (A). Prerequisites: CSC 203 and MTH 281. Covers an introduction to abstract data structures and their implementation. Includes these topics: program development (interpreting specifications, object-oriented and top-down development, information hiding, structured testing), stacks, queues, linked lists, recursion, trees, searching and sorting algorithms, introduction to analysis of algorithms, program verification, event-driven programming with graphical user interfaces. Requires extensive programming and supervised laboratory sessions 4 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 209 UNIX Tools (A). Prerequisite: CSC 203. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the UNIX operating system from the programmer's point of view. Includes these topics: basic commands, file system structure, concept of shells, shell features (pipes, redirection, etc.), access control, process control, scripting, UNIX tools (sed, grep, make, etc.). Requires extensive hands-on laboratory exercises and shell-script programming. 1 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 212 Programming in Visual Basic (A). Prerequisite: MTH 111. Provides a general introduction to computer programming and applications for non majors using the VISUAL BASIC language. Includes these topics: computer terminology, programming concepts, language features, and algorithm design. Introduces a survey of computer applications using the following programming techniques: structured design concepts, decisions, loops, functions, subroutines, arrays, and files. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr.

CSC 219 Programming in C (A). Prerequisites: CSC 205 and CSC 209.Provides an advanced coverage of the C language. Includes these topics: syntax, semantics, control structures; arrays, pointers and pointer arithmetic; string manipulation; structs and unions; functions and parameter passing, command line arguments; bit level operations. Requires extensive programming. 1 Cr.

CSC 295 Topics in Computer Science (A). Prerequisite: Published prior to registration each semester. Addresses current topics in the field at an introductory level. Each offering of the course is motivated by the expertise of the instructor and by students' interests. Descriptions and prerequisites are published prior to the registration period for the course. Example topic: Problem Solving Seminar. 1-3 Cr.

CSC 303 Computer Systems Hardware and Software (A). Prerequisites: CSC 203 and MTH 281. Covers both hardware and software components of computer systems. Includes these topics: basic elements of a computer system, data representation, digital logic, CPU architecture, memory, buses, instruction sets, assembly language, magnetic and optical disks, backup storage, video displays, I/O devices, networks, multi-user and multitasking operating systems, process, file, and memory management. Closed to students who have received credit for CIS 303. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 311 Computer Organization and Software Interface (A). Prerequisites: CSC 205 and CSC 209. Covers basic hardware organization of digital computers and software interface at the assembly and C programming levels. Includes the following topics: Processor and memory organization, fetch-execute-decode cycle, data representation of integer and floating point numbers, computer arithmetic, assembly language programming (instruction encoding, addressing modes, control flow logic, subroutines, linking and loading), C programming (program development, modularization, I/O concepts, library function calls, programming environment). Requires extensive programming and supervised laboratory sessions. 4 Cr. Spring.

CSC 356 Life in the Digital Age (A,I,W,Y). Studies the impact of new technologies on a global society. Includes the changing nature of privacy and growing use of government surveillance, ie. national ID cards and RFID tracking. Also considers the Internet's effect on societal communication and differences in gender communication patterns, issues of freedom of expression and censorship, the influence of technology in the workplace and at home, and other relevent topics. 3 Cr.

CSC 401 Programming Languages (A). Prerequisite: CSC 311. Studies the concepts of various programming languages. Includes these topics: history of languages, design principles, formal syntax and semantics, implementation: compilation and interpretation, comparative study of features in various languages considering criteria such as binding, scope, type conversion, data abstraction, parameter passing techniques, exceptions and I/O. Covers various programming paradigms such as procedural, object-oriented, functional, logic and scripting. Requires extensive programmming. 3 Cr. Fall.

CSC 406 Algorithms and Data Structures (A). Prerequisites: CSC 205 and MTH 481. Covers design and analysis of data structures and associated algorithms using object-oriented methods. Includes these topics: complexity measures, pre-and post-conditions, programming to interfaces, union-find sets, hashing, trees (AVL, splay, B-Trees), graphs, recursion, algorithm design strategies and NP-completeness. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr. Spring.

CSC 411 Computer Architecture (A). Prerequisites: CSC 303 and CSC 311. Covers design and organization of digital computers. Includes these topics: digital logic and circuit design, data representation, computer history, performance evaluation, CISC/RISC architectures, registers, memories and memory management, CPU and ALU architectures, instruction sets, busses and I/O systems, interrupt structure, microprogramming and control unit design. Covers additional topics such as virtual machines, parallelism and pipelining. 3 Cr. Fall.

CSC 412 Operating Systems (A). Prerequisite: CSC 411. Covers basic principles of operating systems. Includes these topics: OS structures and design principles, concurrent processes and programming, threads, CPU scheduling, memory management and virtual memory, process synchronization and deadlock, file systems, mass-storage structure, I/O systems, and case study of UNIX/LINUX operating system. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr. Spring.

CSC 419 Computer Networks (A). Prerequisites: CSC 303 and CSC 311. Provides a comprehensive study of the field of computer communications, local area networks, and internetworking. Includes these topics: the OSI and TCP/IP models, protocols, topologies, data communication issues, error detection and correction, local area networks, network hardware, Ethernet and wireless technologies, WAN, packet-switching, routing, datagrams, Internet addressing, home networking and security. Includes hands-on experience with network hardware and software. Closed to students who have received credit for CIS 419. 3 Cr.

CSC 421 Computer and Network Security (A). Prerequisite: CSC 419. Studies concepts, techniques, and tools in computer and network security. Includes these topics: security, privacy, information assurance, threats, user authentication and access control; UNIX and Windows examples; logs and intrusion detection; cryptography, public-key and private-key systems, Kerberos, IP security, firewalls, Web and database access control and security issues; ethical issues. Includes hands-on experience with security hardware and software. Closed to students who have received credit for CIS 421. 3 Cr.

CSC 422 Relational Database Design (A). Prerequisite: CSC 205. Provides a study of the theory and practice of the relational approach to database design. Includes these topics: nature of relational databases, relational algebra, normalization, lossless and/or dependency preserving decomposition, query languages such as SQL and a language that is available on the system, remote connectivity, integrity and security, and database project design and implementation. Closed to students who have received credit for CIS 422. 3 Cr.

CSC 423 Web Application Development (A). Prerequisites: CSC 209 and CSC 422. Covers the basic principles involved in developing Web-based applications that operate with a back-end relational database. Includes these topics: basics of HTTP-based client-server systems, web page creation with XHTML/CSS, client-side scripting, server-side software development, interfacing to relational databases, model-view separation, and database serialization/viewing using XML/XSLT. Requires team project involving design/setup of database server and development of application interfacing to database. 3 Cr.

CSC 427 Software Systems Engineering (A). Prerequisite: CSC 205. Provides an introduction to software engineering methodologies and programming-in-the-large. Includes these topics: life-cycle models, development standards, project organization, estimation techniques, requirements modeling, specification techniques, object-oriented and structured approaches to software design, implementation issues, testing, verification and validation, maintenance and documentation. Requires students to work in teams developing a large-scale software product. Develops technical communication and writing skills. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr. Fall.

CSC 429 Object-Oriented Software Development (A). Prerequisite: CSC 427. Provides an introduction to OOP concepts and their applications using Java. Includes these topics: review of OOP fundamentals, UML modeling; advanced Java features: interfaces, abstract classes, GUI programming, layout managers, event and exception handlers, etc.; software design principles, cohesion and coupling; detailed coverage of design patterns: model-view-controller, observer, adapter, factory, strategy, singleton, etc.; software quality assurance: testing strategies. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr.

CSC 434 Artificial Intelligence (A). Prerequisite: CSC 401. Provides an introduction to artificial intelligence, its applications, and languages. Includes these topics: problem solving using state space search, heuristics, A* algorithm, game playing, mini-max, alpha-beta, knowledge-based expert systems, forward and backward chaining, natural language understanding, evolutionary computing, cellular automata, genetic algorithms, neural networks; programming AI applications using Prolog, LISP, and/or using frameworks in Java. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr.

CSC 442 Electronic Commerce Technology (A). Prerequisite: CSC 209 and (CIS 422 or CSC 422). Surveys electronic commerce technologies and realities. Studies defining tools of e-business to understand the manner in which users, tools, needs and opportunities interact. Includes these topics: the infrastructure of e-commerce and the design and implementation of e-business portals using network and database technologies, data/Web mining and security/encryption techniques for finding and negotiating with trading partners to execute electronic transactions. 3 Cr.

CSC 444 Introduction to Parallel Computing (A). Prerequisites: CSC 406 and MTH 481. Deals with design and analysis of parallel algorithms. Includes these topics: parallel models of computation, measures of complexity, parallel algorithms for selection, searching, sorting, merging, matrix algorithms, transitive closure, connected components, shortest path, minimum spanning tree and routing algorithms. Provides hands-on experience in a parallel programming environment. 3 Cr.

CSC 483 Theory of Computation (A). Prerequisites: CSC 203 and MTH 481. Provides a study of formal languages and theory of automata with an emphasis on Church's thesis and the "algorithm = machine" point of view. Includes these topics: regular expressions and context-free languages, finite and pushdown automata, Turing machines, computability, undecidability, and complexity of problems. 3 Cr. Spring.

CSC 486 Junior/Senior Seminar (A,Y). Prerequisite: CSC 205; junior or senior status and computer science and computer information system majors only. Provides an overall view of the professional field of computing, emphasizing development of communication skills for the profession. Includes these topics: detailed history of computing technology, social effects of computing, ethics in the field, professional literature, organizations and related activities, current industrial, social, legal governmental and technical developments, and career opportunities. Requires extensive reading and writing, both technical and non-technical, as well as library research, and prepared group discussions and oral presentations. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 492 Computer Science Internship (A). Prerequisites: Junior status, 3.0 or better average in computer science courses, appropriate course work, at least 18 credits towards the major completed prior to starting the internship, and instructor's permission. Provides an opportunity to apply knowledge from the classroom by working in a professional setting. Also provides a valuable and challenging experience for students who have never worked in such a situation, as well as for professionals furthering their education. Teaches the successful intern how effective professional performance requires integrating substantive knowledge with behavioral skills and proficiency in oral and written communication. Each student is supervised on campus by a computer science faculty member, and at the work site by qualified management personnel. Past projects have involved software engineering, graphics, database design, data communications, and process control. 1-3 Cr. By Arrangement.

CSC 493 Senior Thesis (A). Prerequisites: Junior status, 3.0 or better average in computer science courses, appropriate course work, at least 18 credits towards the major completed prior to starting the thesis, and instructor's permission. Provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge from the classroom by working in an independent research or development project in an academic setting, which is a valuable and challenging experience for students who are contemplating graduate studies in computer science, to test out their potential for independent study and advanced research. May involve substantial software or hardware development, structuring available commercial software/hardware for specific applications, or theoretical analysis of computational schemes. By developing a successful thesis, permits students to enrich their knowledge of computer applications, theory, hardware or software, to develop skills in analyzing problems involving current computing technologies, and to make effective oral aand written presentations of their accomplishments. Each student is supervised by a Department of Computer Science faculty member. 3 Cr. By Arrangement.

CSC 495 Topics in Computer Science (A). Prerequisite: Published prior to registration each semester. As an advanced course, addresses current topics in the field. Each offering is motivated by the expertise of the instructor and students' interests. Requires students to complete a major research, design, or development project. Descriptions and prerequisites are published prior to the registration period for the course. Past topics include: networking, human factors, computational linguistics, advanced architecture, software engineering, logic programming, and program validation, object-oriented programming and parallel algorithms. 1-3 Cr.

CSC 499 Independent Study in Computer Science (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. By Arrangement.