Computer Science Program

Computing and Information Systems (CIS) is concerned with all aspects of computers and information systems. A successful CIS graduate will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in one of three majors: Computer Science, Information Technology or Cybersecurity. The curriculum is based on the guidelines of prominent professional organizations and combines theory with current in-demand technical skills to prepare graduates for continual learning throughout their careers in this fast-paced field. 

What Can I Do With a Degree in Computer Science?

With a degree in Computer Science, the Computing & Information Systems (CIS) Department prepares students for a number of positions with software developer a popular choice.

Because technology contributes meaningfully to almost all aspects of science and society, non-majors may be interested in a Computer Science minor (18 credits).

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Computer Science Program Educational Objectives

Within two to five years of graduation, graduates of the computer science program will:

  1. Practice the discipline of Computer Science  in industry or graduate school by employing aspects of their broad knowledge of the field in problem solving and use of technical skills.
  2. Conduct themselves in a professional, ethical, and responsible manner with respect and awareness for security, social issues and responsibilities inherent in the field.
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At the time of graduation, the students in the Computer Science major will have attained:

  1. An ability to analyze a problem and to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  2. An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information.
  4. An ability to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and produce deliverables.
  6. An ability to apply theory in the design and implementation of computer-based solutions.
  7. An ability to reason about and explain computer-based solutions at multiple levels of abstraction.
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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science

Major Requirements (57-58 credits):
The student must complete the requirements listed in the following categories:

1) CIS Core Courses (40-41 credits):
CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing* - 3-4 credits
CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits
CS 111 C++ Programming II - 3 credits
CS 170 Discrete Structures I - 3 credits
CS 171 Discrete Structures II - 3 credits
CS 221 Data Structures - 3 credits
CS 225 Cybersecurity - 3 credits
CS 310 Programming Languages - 3 credits
CS 321 Data Communication and Network Security - 3 credits
CS 330 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems - 3 credits
CS 350 Database Concepts and Information Structures - 3 credits
CS 355 Software Engineering - 3 credits
CS 357 Computing Science Project I - 2 credits
CS 358 Computing Science Project II - 2 credits

2) CIS Electives (9 credits):
Any CIS department courses numbered 200 or above may be included. One approved computer course from another department may be included, subject to the approval of the CIS department chairperson.

3) CIS Mathematics Requirement (8 credits):
MA 111, 112 Calculus I and II - 8 credits
or
MA 109, 110 Calculus I and II - 8 credits
Either choice gives an 8-credit sequence, but 4 credits can be used to fulfill the core curriculum mathematics requirement.

*All students will take one course designated as a First-Year Seminar which will satisfy a core curriculum requirement.

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Computer Science Minor Requirements (18 credits):

CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing - 3 credits
CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits   
CS 111 C++ Programming II - 3 credits
CS 221 Data Structures - 3 credits

Six additional credits in CIS courses from the following list are required. (CS 170, CS 171, CS 270, CS 205, CS 305, CS 330, CS 321, CS 350, CS 355) One computer-focused course from another department may be included, subject to the approval of the CIS department chairperson. Students should consult with the CIS faculty for assistance in planning the courses for the Computer Science minor.

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Unique features of the Computer Science degree:
  • A curriculum based on recommendations from professional organizations.
  • Real-world experience is provided with course projects.
  • Internships for course credit are encouraged.
  • Graduates have been accepted into Master’s and Ph.D. programs.
  • The CIS Department manages its own subnetwork and servers. This allows the department faculty considerable flexibility in determining the software utilized in course projects. 
  • The CIS Department has two additional labs for use by students.  The IT Projects Lab provides CIS students with the opportunity to combine research with practice in areas such as computer networking, computer systems and cybersecurity. The Software Projects Lab enables students to work with multiple operating systems to develop mobile applications or to work collaboratively on software development projects.
  • Graduates from the Computer and Information Systems department have obtained employment in both large and small companies such as:
  • NSA
  • BNY Mellon
  • UPMC
  • PNC
  • Bechtel

CIS graduates have been accepted into masters and doctoral programs at:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • College of William and Mary
  • Ohio State University
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Typical First-Year Schedule

(Actual schedule may vary based on a student’s major, needs and interests.)

Fall Semester
CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing (F.Yr. Seminar*) - 4 credits
CS 110 C++ Programming - 3 credits
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits
Core Curriculum Course - 3 credits
*All students will take one course designated as a First-Year Seminar which will satisfy a core curriculum requirement.

Spring Semester
CS 111 C++ Programming II - 3 credits
MA 110 Calculus II - 4 credits
TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits
Core Curriculum or CS Course - 3 credits
Core Curriculum Course - 3 credits
Core Curriculum Course - 3 credits