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COSC - Computer Science course descriptions

Faculty

Wendy Weber (chair), Stephen Fyfe, Mark Johnson, Robert Franks

 

Statement of philosophy

Are you interested in becoming an app developer, software engineer or web developer? Central College offers a broad range of computer science courses where students gain experience working with programming languages such as Python, Java, C++ and PHP, to become application developers, networking administrators, system analysts, web programmers and software engineers.

No previous computing experience is required before beginning the computer science program. The major is designed to be flexible, facilitating study abroad, internships, and second majors, or minors. Introductory courses in Python and Java lay the foundation for a software design course in the second year. After taking these courses, students are prepared for a variety of upper-level courses and electives. The senior year culminates in a senior project of the student’s choice.

 

Major Communication Skills

Students majoring in computer science will develop their ability to speak, listen, read, and write technical material throughout the major curriculum. If a student’s progress is insufficient, additional coursework in writing or speaking may be recommended by the academic advisor. Final development and evaluation of communication skills will occur in the capstone senior project course, COSC-420.

 

Major/minor restrictions

Students who declare computer science as their major or minor may not declare an information systems major with an emphasis in computer information systems. Students who declare a computer science major with a data science emphasis may not declare a mathematics major with a data science emphasis. Students seeking a teaching endorsement should consult the education department.

 

Computer Science Major Requirements (42 credits)

  1. Complete all of the following:
    COSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
    COSC 130 Data Structures (3)
    COSC 220 Software Design (4)
    COSC 235 Discrete Structures (3)
    COSC 245 Computer Organization and Architecture (4)
    COSC 420 Senior Project (4)
    MATH 131 Calculus I (4)
  2.  Complete all the requirements for one of the following tracks:
    Traditional Computer Science Track (17 credits)
    COSC 330 Algorithms (3)
    COSC 345 Computer Systems
                OR
    COSC 346 Cybersecurity (4)
    Complete 7 hours of elective COSC courses numbered 200 or above, may include DATA 440. Excludes internships or practicum.     At least 3 additional credits of MATH courses at the 132-level or above, excluding MATH 221.

    Data Science Track (21 credits)
    COSC 210 Database and the Web (4)
    MATH 215 Applied Statistics (4)
    DATA 310 Data Visualization (3)
    DATA 440 Applied Machine Learning (3)
    Complete 7 hours of elective COSC courses numbered 200 or above, may include one of         MATH 132 or MATH 240. Excludes internships or practicum.        

 


Computer Science Minor Requirements (20 credits)

  1. Complete all of the following:
    COSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
    COSC 130 Data Structures (3)
    COSC 220 Software Design (4)
  2. Complete 10 credits of additional COSC courses numbered 120 or above, excluding service learning, internships and practica, with at least 3 credits at the 300 or 400 level.