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Requirements in Computer Science

The following outline is for students declaring their major Fall 2008 (or after). All other COSC majors should visit their advisors with any questions.
For students declaring their major prior to Fall 2008 and after Fall 2006 click here.

I. CORE REQUIREMENTS

COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
COSC 112 Computer Science I 4
COSC 113 Computer Science II 4
COSC 208 Discrete Structures 3
COSC 214 Data Structures & Algorithms 4
COSC 254 Computer Organization 4
COSC 330 Systems Programming I 3
COSC 350 Programming Languages 3
COSC 354 Computer Architecture 3
COSC 370 Comp Ethics, Social & Legal Issues 3
COSC 414 Operating Systems 3
COSC 428 Design & Analysis of Algorithms 3
COSC 430 Systems Programming II 3
COSC 465 Software Engineering 3
COSC 480 Senior Capstone 3
COSC 495 Senior Seminar 3
NOTE: COSC 190 may be substituted for COSC 112 & COSC 113.

II. ELECTIVES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (9 semester hours)
A minimum of 9 semester hours of 200-400 level courses in COSC or CTEC, with at least 3 semester hours at the 300-400 level is required. (click here to go to the available computer science courses page).

III. REQUIRED MATHEMATICAL COURSES (14 semester hours)

COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
MATH 226 Calculus II 4
MATH 228 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 155 Intro to Probability & Statistics 3

IV. REQUIRED COURSES IN NATURAL LABORATORY SCIENCES (14 semester hours)

COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
CHEM 107 General Chemistry 4
PHYS 271 General Physics I 4
PHYS 272 General Physics II 4
BIOL 102 Introductory Biology 4

NOTE: One of the courses must have an associated laboratory experience. Take at least one course from life science and one from physical science that are required for science majors. (Note: BIOL 101 or 203 do not meet the criteria, they are not a core requirement for Science majors).


V. REQUIRED ENGLISH COURSE (3 semester hours)

COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
ENGL 362 Technical Writing for Computer Science 3

NOTE: Computer science majors must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course in areas I through V above.



VI. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (18 semester hours)

English Composition (6 semester hours)
COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
ENGL 101 Expository Writing 3
ENGL 102 Argument & Research 3


Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
COMM 101 Oral Communications 3
Arts & Humanities Electives 3

Choose from designated General Education courses in art, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy, and theater. (The Arts and Humanities elective must be in a discipline other than COMM.)


Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
HIST 114 or 115 African American History 3
Social Sciences Elective 3

Choose from designated General Education courses in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, or interdisciplinary social science. (The Social Sciences elective must be in a discipline other than HIST.)

NOTE: Science, mathematics, and technology General Education requirements are satisfied by taking the required courses listed in areas I. through V.



VII. INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS (6 semester hours)

Freshman Seminar (3 semester hours)
COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
FRSE 101 Freshmen Seminar 3

Freshmen Seminar (FRSE 101) is required for all entering freshmen and for all transfer students with fewer than 12 credits.


Health and Wellness (3 semester hours)

Choose one of the General Education courses designated for this category.

COURSE NO TITLE CREDITS
HEED 102 Life and Health 3
HEED 200 Fundamentals of Sex Education 3
IDIS 210 Issues in Women's Health 3

Freshmen Seminar (FRSE 101) is required for all entering freshmen and for all transfer students with fewer than 12 credits.


General Electives
The remaining credits needed to make the total at least 120 should be chosen by the student in consultation with his/her advisor.

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