COMPUTER SCIENCE

A.S. DEGREE

Description
The program includes the study of the underlying principles as well as the specific applications of information manipulation.  Offering both theoretical and applied courses designed to develop the creativity and other patterns of thought required of the professional computer scientist.
This curriculum is recommended for students preparing to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Computer Science.
Completion of CSC 101 (or CIS 100 and CSC 101) with a grade of C or higher is required before taking any other CSC course.
As a basic transfer program intended to accommodate students with varied career goals in the computer science field, the curriculum makes available several elective options in the second year.  They include courses in computer science, mathematics, and natural science.  Such flexibility will allow the student to pursue a course of study consistent with his or her needs.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATION:  Students who plan to complete this program in two years should have successfully completed four years of high school mathematics (including Precalculus), and two years of laboratory sciences.  Three years of laboratory sciences are recommended.
(Housed in the Information and Computer Technologies Department)


Program Learning Outcomes
1) Apply the techniques of the software development life cycle.
2) Explain computer architecture implementation as a collection of digital circuitry.
3) Write computer programs that implement common data structures.
4) Develop practical systems by programming embedded microcontrollers.
5) Design software using the principles of object-oriented programming.
6) Implement software systems using the principles of object-oriented programming.
7) Combine mathematical concepts and algorithms to engineer computerized solutions.
8) Explain the ethical behavior to be used in the computing profession and in society.
9) Communicate effectively on topics relating to computer technologies.
10) Work effectively on collaborative team projects and activities.


Requirements for Program Entrance
Pre-calculus (Pre-calculus in high school with an 85 or Math 175 at MCC). Physics recommended.


    Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
      FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

      ENG 101 College Composition OR
      ENG 200 Advanced Composition
      3
      PHL 105 Technology and Values OR PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics OR PHL 250 Professional Ethics
      3
      MTH 210 Calculus I
      4
      CSC 101 Introduction to Computer Science
      4
      PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE
      1
      Total
      15
      SECOND SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours

      SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - THE ARTS OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELECTIVE
      3
      SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCES OR AMERICAN HISTORY ELECTIVE***
      3
      MTH 211 Calculus II
      4
      CSC 103 Introduction to Data Structures
      4
      CSC 223 Computer Programming - "C++"
      3
      Total
      17
      THIRD SEMESTER: 17-18 Credit Hours

      MTH 212 Calculus III * OR MTH 160 Statistics I **
      3-4
      SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE
      4
      CSC 202 Programming Embedded Microcontrollers in C and Assembly
      4
      CSC 206 Digital Computer Organization
      3
      SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS OR OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS
      3
      Total
      17-18
      FOURTH SEMESTER: 13-14 Credit Hours

      ENG 251 Technical Writing OR MTH 230 Linear Algebra*
      3-4
    MTH 220 Discrete Mathematics 3
      NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
      3
      COMPUTER SCIENCE ELECTIVE****
      3
      PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE
      1
      Total
      13-14
      TOTAL CREDITS
      62-64
* Required for students transferring to the Rochester Institute of Technology
** Required for students transferring to SUNY College at Brockport

***If below 85 on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from HIS 111, HIS 112. If 85 or above on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 200, HIS 211, HIS 240, HSM 103, POS 102.
****Computer Science electives: CSC 225, CPT 210, CSC 214, CSC 215

    NOTES: For any elective, consideration should be given to the requirements of the four-year institution to which the student plans to transfer.