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CSC 120 Introduction to Computing (A)

Prerequisites: MTH 111 or higher.

Covers the fundamental of computer problem solving and programming. Includes these topics: program development process, programming methodologies, language translation phases, Java programming (data types, variables, expressions, assignment, selection, iteration, methods, parameter passing and I/O), secure coding techniques and ethical, legal and social issues of computing. 4 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 203 Problem Solving with Objects (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 120 and MTH 122 or higher.

Covers fundamentals of algorithms and object-oriented software development. Includes these topics: primitive and reference data types, classes, methods, selection, iteration, parameters, recursion, exception handling, arrays, file I/O, inheritance, polymorphism, program testing and documentation, introduction to GUIs and 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 Data Structures (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 203 and MTH 281.

Covers the fundamentals of abstract data structures and their implementation. Includes these topics: software modeling, program development, testing; implementation and use of stacks, queues, linked lists, binary tress, recursion, searching and sorting algorithms, introduction to analysis of algorithms and program verification, even-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 219 Programming in C (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 205 & 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 311 Computer Organization and Architecture (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 203 and MTH 281.

Covers fundamentals of computer architecture and organization. Includes the following topics: digital logic and circuit design, data representation, CPU and ALU architectures, instruction set encoding, fetch-decode-execute cycle, addressing modes, memory management, handling of subprograms and assembly language programming. Requires extensive programming and supervised laboratory sessions. 4 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 312 Cybersecurity (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 209 & CSC 311 or CIS 303.

Covers fundamental issues and tools relating to insuring that computer systems are secure and reliable. Includes these topics: recognizing attackers, maintaining confidentiality, integrity and availability of computing systems, account control and access rights management, software vulnerability analysis, defense, exploitation, reverse engineering, operating system security and malware, applied cryptography, and legal and ethical issue of security. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CSC 356 Life in the Digital Age (A,I,W)

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)

Prerequisites: CSC 205 and 219 and 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 414 Operating Systems and Parallel Computing (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 209 & 219 & 311.

Covers basic principles of operating systems and parallel and distributed computing. Includes these topics: OS role, components and structure, process concepts, threads, CPU scheduling, memory management, concurrent processes, interprocess coordination and communication, parallelism versus concurrency, parallel architecture, algorithms, and decomposition. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr. Spring.

CSC 423 Web Application Development (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 209 and CSC 422 or CIS 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 and Machine Learning (A)

Prerequisite: CSC 205.

Provides an introduction to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and their applications. Includes these topics: intelligent agents, problem solving using state space search, A* algorithm, heuristics, genetic algorithm, adversarial game, knowledge-based agent, machine learning basics, probabilistic reasoning, decision making, ensemble learning, support vector machine, feedforward neural networks, convolutional neural network; Al programming using Python. Project-based course. requires extensive programming. 3 Cr. Fall.

CSC 435 Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling (A)

Prerequisite: CSC 205.

Teaches students how to be a data analyst. Learn how students can clean, manipulate, analyze and visualize databases to draw useful results and outcomes that help others to make decisions. Consists of two main parts. The first part covers data analytics using R language extensively. The second part covers several topics related to data science and analysis such as, machine learning and modeling, web scraping, natural language processing and clustering. 3 Cr. Spring.

CSC 442 Electronic Commerce Technology (A)

- 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 446 Principles of Cloud Computing (A)

Prerequisites: CSC 205, 209, and CIS 419.

Covers basic concepts, models, technologies, applications, and programming tools in cloud computing. Includes these topics: concepts of cloud, scalability, cloud models, broadband networks and Internet architecture, virtualization technology, computing and storage hardware, cloud security mechanism, cloud infrastructure, cloud platforms, metrics of SLA and QoS, load balancing and scheduling algorithms, resilient distributed datasets, programming patterns and tools for cloud computing, big data access, and big data processing via Spark APIs. Requires extensive programming. 3 Cr. Spring.

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: ethics in the field, history of computing technology, professional literature, organizations and related activities, finding and preparing for jobs and interviews, contemporary workplace issues, and career paths and 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.