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B.A. in Computer Science

Contact Person:
Chris Lanz, Chair
305 Dunn, (315) 267- 2407, lanzcc@potsdam.edu

Computer Science Track
39-40 credit hours required. Plus 11 credits of cognates.

The Computer Science track in the CS major (B.A. Degree option) is designed for general study of the principles and practice of computing and is appropriate if you want to keep your career options open, if you want to combine your study of computer science with a second major in another field, or if you are starting out your study of computer science later in your college career. This track includes coursework in theory of computation, computer systems hardware and software, programming, algorithms, networks, and software engineering. The Computer Science track includes required courses in mathematics.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 36-37)
CIS 201 Computer Science I (4 credits)
CIS 203 Computer Science II (4 credits)
CIS 300 Foundations of Computer Science* (4 credits)
CIS 301 Theory of Computation
CIS 303 Algorithm Analysis and Design

One of the following:
CIS 310 Operating Systems
CIS 356 Assembly Language and Computer Architecture (4 credits)

All of the following:
CIS 380 Professional Practice
CIS 405 Software Engineering
CIS 410 Computer Networks
CIS xxx CIS Elective (3xx or 4xx)
CIS xxx CIS Elective (3xx or 4xx)

Capstone Experience (see information below) (Credits 3)
One of the following:
CIS 480 Senior Project
CIS 490 Computer Science Internship

Cognate Requirements in Mathematics (Credits 11)
MATH 125 Probability and Statistics I**
MATH 151 Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 152 Calculus II (4 credits)

Information Systems Track
30 credit hours required. Plus 25 credits of cognates.

The Information Systems track in the CS major (B.A. Degree option) is appropriate if you are interested in the design and deployment of business and e-commerce applications, in information technology project management, and in computing or networking infrastructure support. This track includes coursework in computer systems software, programming, networks, database systems, and software engineering, as well as basic courses leading to a minor in Business Administration.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 27)
CIS 201 Computer Science I (4 credits)
CIS 203 Computer Science II (4 credits)
CIS 356 Assembly Language and Computer Architecture (4 credits)
CIS 380 Professional Practice
CIS 405 Software Engineering
CIS 410 Computer Networks
CIS 420 Database Systems
CIS xxx CIS Elective (3xx or 4xx)

Capstone Experience (see information below) (Credits 3)
One of the following:
CIS 480 Senior Project
CIS 490 Computer Science Internship

Cognate Requirements in Mathematics (Credits 7)
MATH 125 Probability and Statistics I**
MATH 151 Calculus I (4 credits)

Cognate Requirements in Business Administration (Credits 18)
Business Administration Minor (see page 163)

Capstone Experience
Each student completing a B.S. or B.A. in Computer Science is required to engage in a capstone experience of three or more credits: either CIS 480 or CIS 490. To complete this requirement, a student prepares a formal proposal for approval by the Computer Science faculty, performs the proposed work, and presents written and oral reports to the Computer Science Department. Most students choose to complete their capstone experience through a credit internship (CIS 490).