Sep 21, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Computer Science, B.A.

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College of Computing and Software Engineering
Department of Computer Science


The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Applied Computer Science program (BA-ACS) provides a blend of the foundations of computer science (CS) and applications with interdisciplinary study. The BA-ACS program emphasizes the study of programming, theory, and computer  systems. Core computer science areas include programming, computer architecture, operating systems, web development, social media and computing security. These areas are supported by a strong foundation in computing principles such as the design of programming languages, data structures, and operating system principles. The program includes the mathematics needed to understand computer science and to interact with the science disiplines.  

As a BA program, a formal minor and foreign languages are required, which broaden the opportunities and career possibilities for graduates.   Students may select from a set of pre-approved minors and concentraions having connections with computer science, or may propose an alternative minor or concentration.

Graduates of the BA-ACS program are prepared for a variety of traditional careers in CS, and also including emerging interdisciplinary areas such as social media and High Performance Cluster Computing (HPCC), and integrations through the minor with computing security, GIS, data science, chemistry, biology and others.

Admission to the BA-ACS program requires that a student successfully complete or transfer the equivalent of CSE 1322 and CSE 1322L with a grade of ‘B’ or better in both.

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.   

Two hours counted in Major Requirements

Specific General Education Core Curriculum Requirements for This Major:

Area A2: MATH 1113  

Area D1: MATH 1190  

Area D2, Group 1: CHEM 1211   and CHEM 1211L  

Area D2, Group 2: (CHEM 1212   and CHEM 1212L  ) or (BIOL 1107   and BIOL 1107L  )

Additional Math and Statistics Requirements (8 Credit Hours)

One hour of STAT 1401 is used in Area F. 

Interdiciplinary Concentration (15-18 Credit Hours)

Select one concentration:

Data Mining, Applied Statistics, and High Performance Computing (18 Credit Hours)

This concentration will fullfill requirements for BOTH the HPCC Certificate and the Applied Statistics and Data Analysis Minor

High Performance Computing (15 Credit Hours)

Students completing this concentration will complete the requirements for the HPCC Certificate

Interdisciplinary Applied Computing (15 Credit Hours)

Please select one of the following minors (with 12 non-duplicative hours)

Interdisciplinary Computing and Information Systems (18 Credit Hours)

Select one minor:

Interdisciplinary Computing and Sciences (15-18 Credit Hours)

Please select one of the following minors and complete the required courses listed below: 

Customized Concentration (15-18 Credit Hours)

Customized concentrations may be designed with the approval of the program coordinator, and may include other minors not listed above. 

Free Electives (1-4 Credit Hours)

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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