CSC 315 - Theory of Computation (MA 315)
(3 cr.) This course provides an introduction to the classical theory of computer science. The aim is to develop a mathematical understanding of the nature of computing by trying to answer one overarching question: What are the fundamental capabilities and limitations of computers? Specific topics include finite automata and formal languages (How do we define a model of computation?), computability (What can be computed? and How do we prove something cannot be computed?), and complexity (What makes some problems so much harder than others to solve? and What is the P versus NP question and why is it important?). Prerequisite: CSC 210 or MA 301; Minimum grade C-; Every Other Year, Fall

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