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BS in Computer Science

The computer science degree prepares graduates to formulate mathematical models of real-life situations, solve these models on a computer and interpret the solutions of the models in terms of the original real-life situation.

At Quinnipiac, computer science combines a traditional approach to the discipline with innovations developed to ensure currency for our students. The core consists of 10 courses that offer a thorough introduction to the discipline in a liberal arts context. After completing the core, students choose among three emphases for advanced courses. These areas include:

  • Computer science, introducing various levels of operating systems software and interactive languages
  • Mathematics, developing skills in such areas as numerical analysis, probability theory and experimental design
  • Internet studies, developing skills in writing hypertext, soliciting business from consumers and processing transactions

Curriculum + Requirements

The computer science major offers a foundation of study in computer science within the framework of a traditional liberal arts education. The major requires students to complete a core of 10 courses (29 credits) and four upper-division electives in computer science and mathematics. Note: a C- or better is required for all departmental prerequisites.

The core requirements are:

Course Title Credits
CSC 110 Programming & Problem Solving 4
CSC 111 Data Structures & Abstraction 4
CSC 205 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 3
or MA 305 Applied Discrete Mathematics
CSC 210 Computer Architecture & Organization 4
CSC 215 Algorithm Design & Analysis 3
CSC 225 Introduction to Software Development 3
CSC 310 Operating Systems & Systems Programming 3
CSC 491 Senior Project 1 1
CSC 492 Senior Project 2 1
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable 3
or MA 229 Linear Algebra

The electives are chosen from the following list:

Course Title Credits
CSC 315 Theory of Computation 3
CSC 318 Cryptography 3
CSC 320 Compilers 3
CSC 325 Database Systems 3
CSC 340 Networking & Distributed Processing 3
CSC 345 Computer Graphics 3
CSC 350 Intelligent Systems 3
CSC 355 Programming Language Concepts 3
CSC 361 Numerical Analysis 3
CSC 375* Advanced Topics in Computer Science 3

*Note CSC 375 may be repeated for credit if topics are different.

Facilities

Our computer science program has several dedicated labs on campus-making state-of-the-art equipment available to students for both course work and independent study.

The computer science program has a dedicated space that serves as a development lab for students. This lab is designed to host up to four distinct internal networks for experimentation, and has stations with machines running Linux, Windows and OS X. In addition, this space serves as a lab for embedded systems and robotics development.

Minor in Computer Science

To complete a minor in computer science, a student is required to take a total of six courses (20 or 21 credits), including CSC 110, CSC 111, either CSC 205 or MA 305, and three additional courses in computer science at the 200 level or above, to be approved by the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. These additional courses must include either CSC 210 or CSC 215 (or both), and at least one computer science course at the 300 level.

The following computer science courses are applicable toward the minor:

Course Title Credits

CSC 110

Programming & Problem Solving 4
CSC 111 Data Structures & Abstraction 4
CSC 205 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 3
or MA 305 Applied Discrete Mathematics
CSC 210 Computer Architecture & Organization 4
CSC 215 Algorithm Design & Analysis 3
CSC 225 Introduction to Software Development 3
CSC 310 Operating Systems & Systems Programming 3
CSC 315 Theory of Computation 3
CSC 318 Cryptography 3
CSC 320 Compilers 3
CSC 325 Database Systems 3
CSC 340 Networking & Distributed Processing 3
CSC 345 Computer Graphics 3
CSC 350 Intelligent Systems 3
CSC 361 Numerical Analysis 3
CSC 375 Advanced Topics in Computer Science 3