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  Oct 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Computer Science, B.S.C.S.


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Accreditation

The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives for the Computer Science Program

A few years after graduation, computer science graduates should be:

  • contributing to economic development and society through the development and management of computer systems for industry and research
  • advancing in their careers through knowledge of computer science, communication skills, and understanding of computer systems and contemporary technological issues
  • continuing their professional development through professional study and research

Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation students should satisfy the following Learning Outcomes.

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities associated with computing.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a range of audiences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Students will demonstrate recognition of the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • Students will demonstrate the 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.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

Degree Requirements (122-131 Hours)

See College of Engineering and Computing  for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and special academic opportunities.

In addition to the general education requirements of the College of Engineering and Computing, a grade of C or better is required in MATH 374 and all CSCE courses applied to the degree. All required CSCE courses and courses taken as major electives are major courses and may not be counted toward a minor or application area. All other required courses and electives may be used for a minor or application area as appropriate. CSCE 101 and 102 are not major courses and may not be counted for major credit.

  1. Carolina Core (35-44 Hours)
  2. Other General Education (29 Hours)
  3. Lower Division Computing (19 Hours)
  4. Computer Science Major (30 Hours)
  5. Application Area (9 Hours)

1. Carolina Core (35-44 hours)


CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 hours)


ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (8 hours)


SCI: Scientific Literacy (8 hours)


AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core AIU course

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 hours)


  • Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110  courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core GHS course

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core GSS course

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (3 hours)


VSR: Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (1 hour)


INF: Information Literacy (0-3 hours)


  • USC ENGL 102  or any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course

2. Other General Education (29 hours)


English Elective (3 hours)


Choose from

Liberal Arts Electives (9 hours)


A list of acceptable Liberal Arts Elective courses is maintained in the department office and on its website.

4. Computer Science Major (30 hours)


Major Elective (9 hours)


Choose from CSCE 317  or other approved CSCE courses numbered 500 and higher. A list of acceptable Major Elective courses is also maintained in the department office and on its website.

5. Application Area (9 hours)


An application area consists of three courses (9 hours) in a single area offered by another department. This coursework must display a distinct curriculum pattern. If a defined minor exists in the discipline of the application area, then a good set of suggested courses for the application area would be a subset of the minor. Students should consult their advisor to ensure their application area courses will meet this graduation requirement.

Academic Standards


Entrance Requirements

See the College of Engineering and Computing  section of this bulletin for entrance requirements and special academic opportunities.

Minimum Course Grades

The Computer Science B.S.C.S. program requires that a grade of “C” or better be earned in each of the following courses: ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , MATH 141 , MATH 142 , MATH 374 , CHEM 111  or PHYS 211 , and all CSCE courses applied to the degree.

Major GPA

Major GPA requirement policies are described in the College of Engineering and Computing  section of this bulletin. For the purpose of these policies, the following courses are used to determine the Major GPA for the Computer Science B.S.C.S. program: all Lower Division Computing, Computer Science Major, and Computer Science Elective courses, and CSCE 390 .

Exclusions

No Lower Division Computing, Computer Science Major, or Computer Science Elective course may be counted toward a minor or application area. All other degree-required courses and electives may be used for a minor as appropriate. CSCE 101  and CSCE 102  are not major courses and may not be used for degree.

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