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Computer Science/Applied Computer Science Track, BS

Thomas Shaheen discusses his experience studying in the Computer Science Department at IUP. He talks about the faculty and the fundamentals he learned that he feels make him prepared for any job he may apply for in the future.

Prepare for a job in industry as a software engineer, database administrator, Web applications programmer, systems analyst, support specialist, and or one of many high-demand positions.

Students are required to take a course in which they must put to practical use what they have learned—this may be done using team projects in a single three-credit course; but we encourage students to consider taking a six- to eight-month paid internship to get the true flavor of applying their computing knowledge to industry.

Students are also required to take a minor in one of 14 areas, including mathematics, science, business, economics, geography, communications media, or information assurance.

Note: See the IUP Undergraduate Academic Catalog for official degree requirements. This list is for basic reference only.

120 Credits

  • Computer Science: at least 40 credits
  • Additional Requirements: 6–12 credits
  • Liberal Studies: 48 credits
  • Approved Minor: 8–18 credits
  • Free Electives: 2–18 credits

Computer Science

Required Courses

  • COSC 105 – Fundamentals of Computer Science, 3 credits
  • COSC 110 – Problem Solving and Structured Programming, 3 credits
  • COSC 210 – Object-Oriented and GUI Programming, 3 credits
  • COSC 220 – Applied Computer Programming, 4 credits
  • COSC 300 – Computer Organization and Assembly Language, 3 credits
  • COSC 310 – Data Structures and Algorithms, 3 credits
  • COSC 319 – Software Engineering Concepts, 3 credits
  • COSC 341 – Intro to Database Management Systems, 3 credits
  • COSC 365 – Web Architecture and Application Development, 3 credits
  • COSC 380 – Seminar in Computing Profession and Ethics, 2 credits
  • COSC 480 – Seminar on Technical Topics, 1 credit

Select one of the following two courses:

  • COSC 320 – Software Engineering Practice, 3 credits [2]
  • COSC 493 – Internship in Computer Science, 12 credits [3]

Controlled Electives

Select 3 credits from the following: [4]

  • COSC/MATH 250 – Introduction to Numerical Methods, 3 credits
  • COSC 316 – Host Computer Security, 3 credits [5]
  • COSC 345 – Computer Networks, 3 credits
  • COSC/IFMG 354 – Testing and Controlling LANs, 3 credits
  • COSC 355 – Computer Graphics, 3 credits
  • COSC 356 – Network Security, 3 credits
  • COSC 362 – Unix Systems, 3 credits
  • COSC 481 – Special Topics in Computer Science, 1-4 credits
    —(Only sections approved for majors)
  • COSC 482 – Independent Study, 1-4 credits
  • IFMG 455 – Data Warehousing and Mining, 3 credits

Upper-Level Electives by Categories: Choose 3 credits [6]

  • Artificial Intelligence: COSC 405
  • Computer Architecture: COSC 410
  • Database Management: COSC 444
  • Numerical Methods: COSC 427, 451
  • Systems Programming: COSC 430, 432
  • Theory of Languages: COSC 420, 424, 460

Liberal Studies

Note: As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

  • Mathematics (3 credits): MATH 125 [1]
  • Liberal Studies Electives (3 credits): MATH 216, no courses with COSC prefix.

Additional Requirements

  • ENGL 222 – Technical Writing, 3 credits
  • Foreign Language Intermediate Level, 0-6 credits
  • MATH 219 – Discrete Mathematics, 3 credits

Approved minor from one of the following areas: 7-18 credits

  • Any department in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, 8-18 credits
  • Information Assurance, 18 credits
  • Designated Business courses, 18 credits
  • Designated Economics courses, 15 credits
  • Designated Geography courses, 15 credits
  • Designated Communication Media courses, 18 credits

Notes:

  • MATH 125 can be substituted by MATH 121.
  • Credit for both COSC 320 and 493 may be counted toward the degree, but only one will be counted toward the major requirements.
  • COSC 493 may be selected in either the second semester of the junior year or the first semester of the senior year.  If COSC 493 is selected and approved, COSC 380 may be taken in the immediately preceding semester. Note: Only 4cr of COSC 493 can be counted towards major.
  • Select at least 3sh from the list of controlled electives and/or the list of upper-level electives.
  • COSC 316 cannot be counted for major credit if a student does an Information Assurance minor.
  • Select at least one additional course from list of upper-level electives.
  • Computer Science Department
  • Stright Hall, Room 319
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2524
  • Fax: 724-357-2724
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.