Computer Science (CS)

CS-100 Intro to Computers Computer Science
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course is an introduction to computers and computer science for non-computer science majors. Prior experience with computers, such as using a graphical user interface and a word processor, is recommended. Students with no prior experience will be expected to attend out-of-class labs to learn the basics of a computer. Topics include an historical perspective, evolving hardware and software, using the Internet, creating web pages, social implications, and using a modern programming language. Problem solving and algorithm development are important themes of the class. The course involves substantial use of microcomputers outside of class and the possible use of minicomputers and alternative operating systems.

Prerequisites: MATH-025, MATH-090 or an appropriate score on a placement test.

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CS-107 Introduction to Robotics Programming
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall Only, All Years

This course provides an introduction to programming using RobotC programming language. No prior programming experience is expected. The course is appropriate for any student interested in learning how to program in C along with the hands-on experience of making the NXT Robot run on the programs designed in class. It provides an introduction to fundamentals of programming basics of RobotC programming language an hardware NXT design. Students will program robots and learn how to control a robot's direction and speed. Student will also learn how robots use feedback from sensors (touch, light, sound) to interpret the world around them. Students will apply their knowledge to create obstacle courses challenges that the programmed robot will run autonomously.

Recommended Prerequisites: CS-100

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CS-115 Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall, Spring, and Summer, All Years

This course provides an introduction to computational thinking and problem solving. Students will be able to apply elementary computing concepts including variables, loops, functions, lists, conditionals, concurrency, data types, simple object oriented concepts, I/O, events, syntax, and structured programming. Basic concepts of computer organization and editing, and the influence of computers in modern society will be explored. Note: CS-115 carries no credit if taken after successful completion of higher numbered computer science courses.

Prerequisites: MATH-108 or an appropriate score on a placement test.

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CS-150 Computer Science I
4 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week, Lab: 2 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course offers an introduction to the field of computer science using a current programming language. Central themes of the class include an introduction to computer organization; algorithmic problem solving; structured and object oriented program design; and the societal and professional context in which computer science exists. Fundamental data types including arrays and structures will be explored and concepts such as complexity, invariants, abstract data types, pointers, and linked lists will be introduced.

Prerequisites: CS-115, MATH-144, MATH-147 or an appropriate score on a placement test.

Corequisites: CS-150L

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CS-151 Computer Science II
4 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week, Lab: 2 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course provides continuing experience in problem solving and software design methods. The exploration of recursion is continued and the entire software-design cycle is considered in greater depth. Introduction to abstract data types and fundamental data structures will cover topics: writing code to generate, use, and maintain complex dynamic structures, including linked lists, pointers, stacks, queues, sorts, searches, and trees. Other topics include a continued development of skills in the analysis of algorithms, dynamic memory use, and the use of external files.

Prerequisites: CS-150

Corequisites: CS-151L

Pre/Corequisites: MATH-187

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CS-155 Computer Organization and Assembly Language
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course covers topics including digital logic, machine-level representation of data, and processor architecture covering the ALU, control unit, assembly language, memory organization, addressing methods, I/O and interrupts.

Prerequisites: CS-150

Pre/Corequisites: MATH-187

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CS-210 Programming Languages
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course develops fundamental concepts of major programming languages, with primary emphasis on language features and their role in designing code and software. Students will study the constructs of programming language design including a conceptual study of procedural, data-flow, functional, and object-oriented languages.

Prerequisites: CS-151

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CS-213 Languages of Computer Science: Java
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course provides an introduction to the programming language Java. The course will include the features of Java such as objects, classes, wrappers, constructors, inheritance, method overloading, threads, error handling with exceptions, applets, java.awt (the Abstract Windows Toolkit) and possibly other Java packages. Recommended: High level language programming class such as C++ or permission of the instructor.

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CS-240 Digital Logic
4 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week, Lab: 2 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, Even Years

This course includes the following topics: digital logic concepts, logic design, Karnaugh maps, combinational and sequential networks, state tables, state machines, and programmable logic arrays. Laboratory activities use basic lab equipment, logic analyzers, and digital oscilloscopes.

Prerequisites: MATH-170 or MATH-187

Corequisites: CS-240L

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CS-241 Computer Operating Systems
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course provides an overview of operating systems and operating system principles. It includes sections on concurrency, scheduling and dispatch, memory management, net-centric computing, OS security, and process management. Concurrent programming using threads is also explored.

Prerequisites: CS-151, CS-155

Pre/Corequisites: CS-228 or CS-270

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CS-270 System Software
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the UNIX operating system and variants (such as Linux) as well as system programming concepts. Programming productivity tools will be introduced such as making, debugging, linking, and loading tools. Shell programming and scripting languages will also be used. System programming tools include process management and interprocess communication, exception handling, network concepts, and network programming.

Prerequisites: CS-151

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