Undergraduate Course Description

CSC 115 (3) Digital Computer Principles

Subject matter consists of word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, computing, data processing, the organization of a computer, input and output devices, number systems, internal data representation and an introduction to a high-level programming language. (F, S, Sum)

CSC 118 (3) Programming Fundamentals

Prerequisite: Math 118 or Equivalent, CSC 115 or Equivalent. Co-requisite CSCL 118, This is the first course in the computer science programming sequence and is required of all computer science majors. Course objectives include: introduction to problem solving methods and algorithm development; definition of language syntax and semantics of a high level programming language (Java); and developing the ability to design, code, debug, document, and successfully execute programs. Topics include objects and classes, data types, applets and graphics, decision statements, iteration, methods, testing and debugging, arrays, sorting and searching, inheritance, interfaces and polymorphism. (F, S)

CSCL 118 (1) Programming Fundamentals Lab

Prerequisites: Math 118 or Equivalent, CSC 115 or Equivalent. Co-requisite CSC 118.
This lab is to be taken with the course CSC 118. The objective of the lab is to give the students hands-on experience on the topics covered in the CSC 118 class. Students will learn to use a text editor to write their programs and how to compile and run them. Students will be required to develop programs applying learned concepts such as object-oriented design, data types, decision-making, iteration, arrays, methods, inheritance and interfaces. (F, S)

CSC 119 (3) Object Oriented Programming

Prerequisites: CSC 118, CSCL 118. Co-requisite: CSCL 119.
This course is the follow-up of CSC 118. Additional topics in Java are covered in this course. Then the emphasis shifts to object-oriented analysis and design. This course covers I/O streams, exception handling, threads, reflection, UML, object-oriented analysis and design, object-oriented graphical user interfaces with Java Swing, design patterns, and re-factoring. (F, S)

CSCL 119 (1) Object-Oriented Programming Lab

Prerequisites: CSC 118, CSCL 118. Co-requisite: CSC 119.
Students explore, design, program, and analyze laboratory exercises of object oriented programming in a supervised setting. Laboratory submissions include not only software and data, but also short reports that are graded both for technical content and writing mechanics. (F, S)

CSC 209 (3) Programming in C/UNIX

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCL 119.
Problem-solving methods, algorithm development, debugging and documentation in the C programming language with emphasis on the UNIX operating system environment. Topics include: pointers, strings, structures, unions, linked lists, UNIX process management, and UNIX shell programming. (F)

CSC 211 (3) Object-Oriented Programming in C++

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCL 119.
Problem-solving methods, algorithm development, debugging and documentation in the C++ programming language. Topics include: classes, operator overloading, inheritance, polymorphism, stream input/output, exception handling, and file processing. (S)

CSC 212 (3) Advanced Programming in Java

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCL 119.
This course covers advanced topics for Java programmers. These topics include multithreading, collections, networking, advanced GUIs, database connectivity and JavaBeans. Students will be required to work on a project involving advanced Java programming.

CSC 214 (3) Programming for the Web

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCL 119.
This course is designed for students who have computer programming experience and who want to write Web applications. Students will learn the basic programming skills and languages that are needed to implement distributed Web applications. Topics include client-side programming techniques including HTML, Dynamic HTML and JavaScript; server-side programming techniques including CGI programming using Perl; and Web architectures and servers. (S)

CSC 216 (3) Computer Architecture and Organization

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCL 119, CSC 225, EN 212, ENL 212. Co-requisite: CSCL 216.
Terminology and understanding of functional organizations and sequential operations of a digital computer. Topics include machine level representations of data, arithmetic operations, machine and assembly language, memory system organization, and functional organization. The MIPS assembly language is taught for the course projects. Also, the compilation and the assembly processes, and linking and loading are covered. (F, S)

CSCL 216 (1) Computer Architecture and Organization Lab

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCCL 119, CSC 225, EN 212, ENL 212. Co-requisite: CSC 216.
Students will carry out experiments using the MIPS assembly language to support the topics covered in CSC 216. (F, S)

CSC 225 (3) Discrete Structures for Computer Science

Prerequisites: CSC 118, CSCL 118.
Introduces the foundations of discrete mathematics as they apply to computer science, focusing on providing a solid theoretical foundation for further work. Topics include functions, relations, sets, simple proof techniques, boolean algebra, propositional and predicate logic, fundamentals of counting, graphs, trees, discrete probability, and computability. (F, S)

CSC 228 (3) Data Structures and Algorithms

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCL 119, CSC 225. Co-requisite: CSCL 228.
The concepts of data abstraction and data structures are developed. For the basic data structures of linked lists, stacks, queues, hash tables, graphs, and trees, associated algorithms are described and analyzed. The course also treats recursion, sorting, fundamentals of software engineering, and the philosophy of object-orientation. (F, S)

CSCL 228 (1) Data Structures and Algorithms Lab

Prerequisites: CSC 119, CSCL 119, CSC 225. Co-requisite: CSC 228
Students explore, design, program, and analyze implementations of data structures and algorithms in a supervised setting. Laboratory submissions include not only software and data, but also short reports that are graded both for technical content and writing mechanics. (F, S)

CSC 312 (3) Advanced Computer Architecture

Prerequisites: CSC 216, CSCL 216.
The coverage of sequential computer architecture and organization is reviewed and continued. Topics include reduced instruction set architecture, memory hierarchy, interfacing and communication, and pipelining. Advanced computer architecture topics such as performance enhancements and parallel computers are also covered. (F, S)

CSC 321 (3) Logic

Prerequisites: CSC 118, CSCL 118.
Topics include: Number bases, 2's and 1's complements, set theory, Venn diagrams, Boolean logic, DeMorgan’s Rules, Propositional Calculus, Finite Calculus, introduction to the Predicate Calculus, combinatorics, gcd, modular arithmetic, introduction to the theory of computation and Turing Machines.

CSC 323 (3) Algorithm Design and Analysis

Prerequisites: CSC 228, CSCL 228.
Formal methods are applied to the design and analysis of algorithms. The objective is to demonstrate how mathematical theory can be used to reduce trial and error in practical software development. Other topics include algorithmic strategies, graph and tree algorithms, and automata theory. (F, S)

CSC 325 (3) Operating Systems

Prerequisites: CSC 228, CSCL 228, CSC 312.
This course introduces the major concepts of process communication and synchronization, protection, performance measurement, and causes and evaluations of the problems associated with mutual exclusion and process synchronization among concurrent processes. This course introduces and analyzes various operating systems in terms of processor management, memory management, device management, information management, and distributed systems management. (F, S)

CSC 330 (3) Database Systems

Prerequisite: CSC 323.
This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and theories of database systems. Topics include: information models and systems; the database environment; data modeling; conceptual modeling using the entity-relationship approach and mapping to relational tables; the relational model including the relational data structure, integrity rules, relational algebra and relational calculus; normalization; data definition and data manipulation in SQL; conceptual, logical, and physical database design; security; transaction management; query processing; and advanced topics in database systems. (F, S)

CSC 332 (3) Compiler Construction

Prerequisistes: CSC 216, CSCL 216.
This course presents a general model of compilers, then uses this model to demonstrate the implementation of advanced features. Topics to be covered are logical analysis, syntax, and storage allocation.

CSC 350 (3) Organization of Programming Languages

Prerequisites: CSC 216, CSCL 216, CSC 228, CSCL 228.
Study of the organization and specification of programming languages. Topics include an overview of programming languages; issues in language design, including typing regimens, data structure models, control structure models, and abstraction; virtual machines; language translation; interpreters; compiler design; lexical analysis; parsing; symbol tables; declaration and storage management; code generation; and optimization techniques. (F, S)

CSC 403 (3) Computer Science Seminar

Prerequisite: Senior level with 15 hours of 300 level courses.
Discussion on trends in computer science. Students are required to prepare a paper and present it to their peers. Students who have participated in a Co-op Program will conduct a seminar discussing their work assignments.

CSC 425 (3) Parallel Computing.  

Prerequisite: CSC325 Operating Systems.   A study of the hardware and software issues in parallel computing. Theoretical and practical survey of parallel processing, including a discussion of parallel architectures,  parallel programming languages, and parallel algorithms.  Programming on multiple parallel platforms  in a higher-level parallel language. It should also be useful for those who want to learn programming  multi-core processors. 

CSC 435 (3) Computer Networks

Prerequisites: CSC 323, CSC 325.
This course presents the history of networking and the Internet, protocol concepts, TCP/IP, multimedia and wireless, distributed computing, network security and web technologies. (F, S)

CSC 441 (3) Computers and Society

Prerequisites: CSC 325, CSC 330.
This course presents concepts of social value and valuation, describes the impact of computers on society; and presents tools and techniques which are applicable to problems posed by the social impact of computers. (F, S)

CSC 450 (3) Senior Project

Prerequisite: Senior standing within computer science courses.
Students will design, code, test, implement and document a significantly large and complex application program. (F, S)

CSC 452 (3) System Simulation

Prerequisites: MATH 355, CSC 228, CSCL 228.
Introduction to simulation models, writing programs to generate random numbers from various probability distributions. Simulation models using GPSS/H language for problem solving.

CSC 456 (3) Automata, Computability and Formal Languages

Prerequisites: CSC 350 and knowledge of discrete structures.
An introduction to formal models of computation. Assignments will develop students skills in understanding vigorous definitions in computing environments and in determining their logical consequences.

CSC 460 (3) Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Prerequisite: CSC 323.
An introduction to the theory, research paradigms, implementation techniques, and philosophies of artificial intelligence. Introduction to Prolog, Lisp and expert system-shell programming.

CSC 470 (3) Computer Graphics

Prerequisites CSC 216, CSC 323.
Introduction to Graphics Hardware and Software, Display Architectures, User-Computer interface Design, 2D and 3D Transformations, Projections, Clipping, and Raster Graphics Algorithms.

CSC 475 (3) Software Engineering

Prerequisite: CSC 330.
Introduction to software engineering, software design, APIs, software tools and environments, software development processes, software requirements and specifications, software verification and validation, software implementation, software evolution, and software project management. (F)

CSC 485 (3) Digital Image Processing

Prerequisites: CSC 312, CSC 323.
Introduction to Digital Image Processing and its Applications, where the emphasis is on earth resources analysis. Subject matter consists of Hardware and Software Requirements, Transformations, Registration, Encoding, Enhancement and Restoration, and Image Databases.

CSC 499 (3) Special Topics

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Advanced, specialized topics selected on the basis of mutual interest of the student and the instructor.