Computer Science Concentration

The university is one of those rare places where one can seriously study the arts, the humanities and the sciences of the masters, while embracing the exciting new ideas of the 21st century as exemplified by the field of computer science. One hears about the computer constantly but the field of computer science considers issues deeper than those of the "machine." These profound ideas begin, as in most sciences, with a theoretical aspect and an applied component. Thus, the computer science concentration is applied in nature; that is, programming is the emphasis. However, one may pursue opportunities in theoretical computer science.

The field of computer science is in its infancy and, as a result, it is a great arena for the creative mind. It is an exciting, bubbling caldron of different disciplines and ideas. At times, it is economics. At times, it is mathematics. At times, it is engineering. Visual artists, engineers, musicians, and philosophers find themselves at home in computer science.

The computer science concentration is a bridge to the future for any major at the university. The computer industry is exploding with job opportunities. The concentration will help prepare the arts, humanities and science major for these opportunities. The core courses required for the concentration are considered the beginning "breadth" courses for more advanced study in computer science. Therefore, one may pursue graduate studies in computer science by building on the concentration.

Anyone is eligible. Any major may complete the computer science concentration. The prerequisites are minimal. Previous concentrators have included majors from economics, history, physics, and mathematics.

The concentration consists of the following five courses offered on a rotating basis. Those who wish to pursue the concentration should contact the director as early as possible in their academic career. Planning ahead is essential to completion.

MCS 1410 - Introduction to Computer Science
MCS 2315 - Discrete Structures
MCS 3316 - Advanced Discrete Structures
MSC 3317 - Computer Organization

Computer science elective approved by the director of the concentration.
Elective other than math or computer science also requires approval.


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