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UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
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Degrees and Programs Offered:
The computer science department offers strong academic programs that prepare students for work and continuing advancement in information technologies. The pervasive influence of computers in our everyday lives and the strategic importance of computing systems in our economy and government require an increasingly educated and technologically literate citizenry as well as highly skilled and knowledgeable computing professionals who understand, design, implement and manage complex information systems. Since the inception of the computer science major at UW-Parkside in 1979, graduates have found highly successful careers in computing and information technology throughout the region and the country.
Computing professionals must have a solid grounding of fundamentals as a basis for adapting to rapid changes in computing theory and practice. They must also have knowledge and experience with current methodologies which they can apply reliably to solve existing problems and to design new strategies and systems as the demand arises. They must be able to work cooperatively and to communicate effectively. Combining theory, practice, and collaboration, the computer science major at UW-Parkside prepares students for successful careers in computing and information systems and contributes to their growth as professionals.
Laboratory experiences are integral components of many of the department’s computer science courses. Computer science students use the laboratory’s high-performance workstations, servers, and printing facilities – available only to computer science majors – to carry out their programming and laboratory work.
The computer science major includes 63 credits in computer science, mathematics, and the sciences. In addition, computer science students must complete a computer science breadth package of 9 or more credits that includes courses in significant application domains such as science, mathematics, business or economics.
In collaboration with faculty in management information systems, the computer science department offers a master of science in computer and information systems (MSCIS). See the Graduate Programs section of this catalog for detailed MSCIS degree requirements, admissions information, and courses.
The computer science department and the mathematics department jointly offer a double major in computer science and mathematics. The degree requirements for this double major are listed below.
The computer science department also offers a computer science minor, a web development minor, and certificates in world wide web publishing, UNIX system administration, mobile development and cyber security.
Preparation for Graduate School
The computer science major is excellent preparation for students seeking to do graduate work in computer science. Such students may wish to supplement the minimum requirements for a computer science major with additional courses in mathematics and the sciences. Students considering graduate study in computer science are strongly encouraged to complete CSCI 431 as one of their electives.
Dual Degree BS and MSCIS Track
Computer science students who have finished the prerequisite courses for the MSCIS program and at least 40 credits within the CS major may apply for early admission to the MSCIS program. All admissions requirements, except having completed a bachelor’s degree, still apply. By concurrently enrolling in both undergraduate and graduate courses students may complete their MSCIS degree in a considerably shorter time than the 2 years generally required after completing their bachelor’s degree.
Many major employers and smaller businesses in the area hire UW-Parkside computer science students as interns in computing-related jobs. In addition to facilitating these informal non-credit bearing internships, the computer science department sponsors a credit-bearing internship program. In a credit-bearing internship, the student, the computer science faculty, and the student’s supervisor collectively agree on the internship’s objectives; progress toward meeting these objectives is evaluated periodically throughout the term. Students should contact the department chair for more information.
Program Level Outcomes
The computer science program enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:
Social and Personal Responsibility
In addition to meeting the general university requirements of a UW-Parkside degree, students seeking to graduate with a major in computer science must satisfy the following:
Optionally, a student may submit an individually designed computer science breadth package of 9 or more credits for approval by the computer science faculty. See the department chair for details.
Requirements for the Computer Science/Mathematics Double Major (90-91 credits)
Students may satisfy graduation requirements for both computer science and mathematics by completing all required courses for computer science with 9 elective credits and PHYS 201, together with the following mathematics courses (which automatically satisfy the computer science breadth requirement):
Required Math Courses (30 credits)
Students completing the computer science/mathematics double major are strongly encouraged to take CSCI 431 as one of their electives.
Course Audit Restrictions
Computer science courses are generally not available for audit.
Disruption of Studies
Normally, students must meet the major requirements in effect at the time they declare a major; however, students majoring in computer science who do not attend continuously may be subject to the major requirements in effect upon their return. In particular, students who do not complete (with a passing grade) a computer science course numbered above 241 for four consecutive semesters will be subject to the major requirements in effect upon their next registration for a computer science course.
Requests for course substitutions to meet the requirements of the computer science major need the approval of the computer science faculty. In the case of the computer science/ mathematics double major, substitutions require the approval of both the computer science faculty and the mathematics faculty.
In addition to the minimum UW-Parkside cumulative GPA requirement of 2.50 for courses in the major, students with transfer credits applying to the computer science major must also attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all course work required, including transfer credits.
The computer science major is available to both full-time and part-time students. Classes meet throughout the day, including evenings. Evening classes are offered on a restricted rotation basis to permit persons working full time during the day to complete major requirements during off-the-job hours. Contact the Computer Science Department chair for details.
Requirements for the Computer Science Minor (26 credits)
The computer science department offers a minor in computer science. It is designed to meet the needs of students who are majoring in another field, but who desire a deeper understanding of computers and software. Students seeking to minor in computer science must attain a minimum UW-Parkside cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all courses eligible to meet the student’s computer science minor requirements.
Requirements for the Web Development Minor (27-29 credits)
The computer science department, in collaboration with the art and business departments, offers a minor in web development. The minor is designed for students who are seeking an in-depth technical understanding of website development and administration. Students completing the minor will be well situated to take on jobs as web programmers, web developers and web server administrators.
Requirements for the Mobile Development Certificate (16 credits)
The computer science department offers a certificate in mobile development for students interested in careers involving developing mobile applications for tablet computers and mobile phones. With the rise in popularity and functionality of mobile devices, the need for skilled mobile developers has increased. Our certificate provides students a background in writing software for multiple mobile device platforms, designing user interfaces for mobile devices, and designing networking architecture to connect mobile devices to each other. Individuals may enter the program at any point, depending on background and experience.
Required Courses (16 credits)
Note: CSCI 242 requires formal programming experience equivalent to CSCI 241.
Requirements for the UNIX System Administration Certificate (10-11 credits)
The computer science department offers a certificate in UNIX system administration that provides background and experience for students interested in careers in system administration. This certificate consists of the following courses:
Requirements for the World Wide Web Publishing Certificate (15-17 credits)
In cooperation with the art department, the computer science department offers a certificate in world wide web publishing. The certificate serves traditional students who want to augment their major and improve their employability by adding webmaster skills, as well as professionals interested in the essentials of webpage design. Individuals may enter the program at any point, depending on background and experience.
Requirements for the Cyber Security Certificate (9 credits)
The computer science department offers a certificate in cyber security for students interested in careers as an information systems auditor or security analyst. Our certificate is the first offered by a four-year university in Wisconsin that meets the Committee on National Security Systems National Training Standard for: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011. With the growth of computer networking and the World Wide Web, cyber security has become of increasing importance to all computer users. Our certificate gives students a background in securing applications and systems software, desktop computers, servers, and the networks that connect them. The certificate is supported by a dedicated laboratory that is isolated from the rest of the campus network, allowing students to gain practical hands-on knowledge of the tools used to both attack and defend computers.
Choose Three Courses (9 credits)