MAJOR PROGRAM IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
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The Computer Science major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. This program gives the student a broad knowledge of computer science and the freedom to pursue areas of specific interest. Core courses provide foundations in programming and computer languages, the structure of data, computer architecture and the theory of computation and programming languages. Advanced courses provide depth and breadth in computer science. The student must follow one of two options of study: the applied option or the technical option. The option electives taken during the junior and senior years allow exploration of a second discipline or specific areas of computer science, such as data communications, artificial intelligence, database systems, graphics, simulation and modeling, or computing theory.
Both the applied and technical options provide the background for graduate study in computer science and/or fields related to the option of interest. The computer science core and required computer science courses are the same for both options; however, the option electives differ for the two options.
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Computer Science Program Educational Objectives
As productive members of the computer science profession graduates will:
1. Demonstrate the ability to solve computing problems appropriate to their levels of professional experience.
2. Demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively to the benefit of teams.
3. Continue to update their professional knowledge and skills to adapt to the changes in technology and the needs of the workplace.
The computer science program enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation the ability to:
1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
2. Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
4. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
5. Exhibit an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities. 6. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
7. Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
8. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
9. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices.
To complete the major in computer science, the student must satisfy the major requirements which include computer science, mathematics, and physics courses. The major components include a set of core courses, a core elective (3 hours), a set of advanced courses, advanced elective (3 hours), a set of required major support courses, and 6-12 semester hours of option electives. The computer science student must select an option of study. The option electives taken during the junior and senior years allow exploration of a depth area of computer science, such as Networking, e-Commerce, Database Systems, Computer Graphics, Information Security, Space Science, High Performance Computing, Theoretical Computer Science; or a second discipline, such as mathematics, economics, accounting, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, management, marketing, music business or mass communications.
A minimum grade of C or better is required in each computer science, mathematics, and science course required by the major.
In addition to formal classroom instruction, students are encouraged to participate in cooperative education or internship assignments as early as the end of their sophomore year. Experiential learning offers students the opportunity to prepare for a career in computer science by allowing students to earn academic credit for work experience gained. Cooperative education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2-3 alternating work tours. A maximum of 6 hours of cooperative education credit may be used to satisfy degree requirements as option electives.
Internships offer students the opportunity to develop work or research experience while enrolled in other courses or to work full-time during the summer session. A maximum of 6 hours of internship credit may be used to satisfy degree requirements as an option elective.
Credit By Examination
A student may, through the department chair, petition in writing for an examination to receive “credit by examination” for a computer science course, with the exception of project courses and research courses. Credit by examination usually includes a written examination and a proficiency examination.
Admission To The Major
To be admitted to the computer science major, the student must make formal application and satisfy the following requirements:
1. Complete general education core requirements.
2. Earn at least a grade of C in all computer science, mathematics, science, and English general education courses.
3. Pass a programming proficiency examination.
4. Complete a successful personal interview.
In addition to satisfying these admissions requirements, students transferring from an accredited college or university must also complete their final 30 semester hours of computer science program requirements at Winston-Salem State University. A student who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and seeks a second degree in computer science must complete the following requirements:
1. Satisfy admission to the major requirements listed for first degree students.
2. Complete or receive transfer credit for only those general education courses required for the computer science major.
3. Complete or receive transfer credit for computer science courses, as well as the mathematics and science support courses required in the major.
4. Complete the final 30 semester hours of program requirements at Winston-Salem State University.
The department does not offer in-depth study courses for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree. Students holding the associate degree in applied science and desiring further study in computer science should declare computer science as a major.