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2018-2019 USC Lancaster Bulletin
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2018-2019 USC Lancaster Bulletin 
  
 
  Jun 18, 2018
 
2018-2019 USC Lancaster Bulletin

Computer Science, B.S.C.S.


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Accreditation

The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives for the Computer Science Program

A few years after graduation, computer science graduates should be:

  • contributing to economic development and society through the development and management of computer systems for industry and research
  • advancing in their careers through knowledge of computer science, communication skills, and understanding of computer systems and contemporary technological issues
  • continuing their professional development through professional study and research

Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation students should satisfy the following Learning Outcomes.

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities associated with computing.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a range of audiences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Students will demonstrate recognition of the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Computer Science, BSCS
 

Degree Requirements (125 Hours)

See College of Engineering and Computing  for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and special academic opportunities.

In addition to the general education requirements of the College of Engineering and Computing, a grade of C or better is required in MATH 374 and all CSCE courses applied to the degree. All required CSCE courses and courses taken as major electives are major courses and may not be counted toward a minor or application area. All other required courses and electives may be used for a minor or application area as appropriate. CSCE 101 and 102 are not major courses and may not be counted for major credit.

  1. Carolina Core (35-44 Hours)
  2. Other General Education (29 Hours)
  3. Lower Division Computing (19 Hours)
  4. Computer Science Major (30 Hours)
  5. Application Area (9 Hours)

1. Carolina Core (35-44 hours)


CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 hours)


ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (8 hours)


SCI: Scientific Literacy (8 hours)


AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core AIU course

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 hours)


  • Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110  courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core GHS course

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core GSS course

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (3 hours)


VSR: Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (1 hour)


    INF: Information Literacy (0-3 hours)


    • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course.

    2. Other General Education (29 hours)


    Required Courses (13 hours)


    Laboratory Science Elective (4 hours)


    The acceptable Laboratory Science courses are:

    English Elective (3 hours)


    Choose from

    Liberal Arts Electives (9 hours)


    Choose from the following:

    AERO 401, 402

    AFAM 201-580

    ANTH 101-499

    ARMY 401, 402

    ARTE 101, 260

    ARTH 105-366

    ARTS 103-261

    CHIN 103-550

    CLAS 220-598

    CPLT 150-597

    CRJU 101-494

    DANC 101-381

    ECON 123-499

    ENGL 270-499

    FAMS 180-597

    FREN 109-615

    GEOG 103-595

    GERM 109-615

    HIST 101-692

    ITAL 101-615

    JAPA 121-500

    LASP 201-451

    LATN 109-615

    LING 300-600

    MART 110-341

    MUSC 110-140

    NAVY 401, 402

    PHIL 101-109, 112-598

    POLI 101-499

    PORT 121-615

    PSYC 101-499

    RELG 101-552

    RUSS 121-616

    SOCY 101-499

    SOST 101-500

    SPAN 109-615

    THEA 170-565

    WGST 112 -555

    4. Computer Science Major (30 hours)


    Required Courses (21 hours)


      Major Elective (9 hours)


      Choose from CSCE 317  or other approved CSCE courses numbered 500 and higher. A list of acceptable Major Elective courses is also maintained in the department office and on its website.

      5. Application Area (9 hours)


      An application area consists of three courses (9 hours) in a single area offered by another department. This coursework must display a distinct curriculum pattern. If a defined minor exists in the discipline of the application area, then a good set of suggested courses for the application area would be a subset of the minor. Students should consult their advisor to ensure their application area courses will meet this graduation requirement.

      Academic Standards


      Entrance Requirements

      See the College of Engineering and Computing  section of this bulletin for entrance requirements and special academic opportunities.

      Minimum Course Grades

      The Computer Science B.S.C.S. program requires that a grade of “C” or better be earned in each of the following courses: ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , MATH 141 , MATH 142 , MATH 374 , CHEM 111  or PHYS 211 , and all CSCE courses applied to the degree.

      Program GPA

      Program GPA requirement policies are described in the College of Engineering and Computing section of this bulletin. For the purpose of these policies, the following courses are used to determine the Program GPA for the Computer Engineering B.S.C.S. program: all Lower Division Computing, Computer Science Major, and Computer Science Elective courses, and CSCE 390 .

      Exclusions

      No Lower Division Computing, Computer Science Major, or Computer Science Elective course may be counted toward a minor or application area. All other degree-required courses and electives may be used for a minor as appropriate. CSCE 101  and CSCE 102  are not major courses and may not be used for degree.

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