|Description of Major|
Major in Computer Science
Computer Science is a foundation for many different computing careers. Computer scientists design and build software and create efficient solutions to real-world problems in such fields as robotics, computer architecture, software engineering, and computer networking.
CISC 130* Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving in the Sciences (4 credits) or CISC 131* Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (4 credits)
Note : CISC 131 is recommended for this major
CISC 210 Information Security (4 credits)
CISC 230* Object-Oriented Design and Programming (4 credits)
CISC 231 Data Structures Using Object-Oriented Design (4 credits)
CISC 310 Operating Systems (4 credits)
CISC 340 Computer Architecture (4 credits)
CISC 370 Computer Networking (4 credits)
CISC 450 Database Design I (4 credits)
STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
* Note : A grade of C- or above must be earned by majors in these courses.
Plus eight credits from the following:
CISC 320 Systems Analysis and Design I (4 credits)
CISC 342 Computer Applications in Experimental Sciences (4 credits)
CISC 440 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (4 credits)
CISC 451 Database Design II (4 credits)
COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits) or COJO 105 Communications in the Workplace (4 credits)
MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)
MATH 128 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (4 credits)
Computer and Information Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
O’Shaughnessy Science Hall ( OSS) 402, (651) 962-5470
Computer and Information Sciences is part of the liberal arts curriculum at the University of St. Thomas. Computing is constantly evolving. There is a growing family of computing related disciplines that have joined the initial discipline of Computer Science. Recognizing these many areas within the broader discipline in computing, this department offers four majors: (1) Computer Science, (2) Information Systems, (3) Information Technology, (4) Information Security. In conjunction with the Department of Mathematics we also offer an interdisciplinary major in Statistics. Additionally, there are tracks in Computer Science and Information Systems majors which allow students to complete a Master of Science degree through the Graduate Programs in Software (GPS). Each is described in detail on this web site under the Majors and Minors link above.
These majors are concerned with the collection, organization, processing, storage, retrieval, communication, and use of information in today’s society. The emphasis is on the core of knowledge required to become an effective user of information; to design and implement system and application software; and to understand the concepts involved in areas such as database design, systems analysis, networking, security, artificial intelligence, statistics, and operations research.
The department has arranged its program to prepare students to work in business, industry, education, and government as designers or users; or to pursue entrepreneurial interests in technologically supported areas; or to continue study in graduate school. Courses are arranged to encourage participation of students from other disciplines. The department encourages majors to obtain a minor in another field. Students interested in teacher licensure should see the various science and mathematics programs in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog. A dual degree program with Engineering is also available, which is described in the catalog section under School of Engineering.
If you have specific questions or would like to discuss this program, its requirements and benefits, contact:
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences