2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Computer Science

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
(907) 474-7332
www.cs.uaf.edu/

B.S., B.S./M.S., M.S. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.S.: 120 credits; B.S./M.S.: 141 credits

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Computer science is the study of information handling and its application to the problems of the world. Computing is widely used in support of science, engineering, business, law, medicine, education and the social sciences. The employment potential for computer science graduates is one of the highest of all majors in the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

The B.S. and M.S. degrees follow the recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The B.S. degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The computer science undergraduate program introduces the fundamentals of computer programming, hardware and theory. It emphasizes the application of general principles to real-world problems. Mathematics and engineering play critical roles in the core. A solid background in fundamentals enables graduates to understand the uses of today’s computers and to participate in future developments.

Major—B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X* and any approved ethics course.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X*, PHYS 211X and PHYS 212X.)
  3. Complete the following:*

    MATH 307—Discrete Mathematics 3 credits

    STAT 300—Statistics 3 credits
  4. Complete 1 of the following:*

    MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits

    MATH 308—Abstract Algebra 3 credits

    MATH 310—Numerical Analysis 3 credits

    MATH 314—Linear Algebra 3 credits

    MATH 371—Probability 3 credits

    MATH 408—Mathematical Statistics 3 credits

    MATH 460W,O—Mathematical Modeling 3 credits
  5. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*

    CS 201—Computer Science I 3 credits

    CS 202—Computer Science II 3 credits

    CS 301—Assembly Language Programming 3 credits

    CS 311—Data Structures and Algorithms 3 credits

    CS 321—Operating System 3 credits

    CS 331—Programming Languages 3 credits

    CS 402W,O—Senior Project and Professional Practice 3 credits

    CS 411—Analysis of Algorithms (3)
    or CS 451—Automata and Formal Languages (3) 3 credits

    CS 441—Computer Architecture (3)
    —Computer Engineering (4) 3-4 credits

    CS 471W—Software Engineering 3 credits

    EE 341—Digital and Computer Analysis and Design 4 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing 3 credits

    Electives in computer science at the 300- or 400-level
    or approved electives (such as EE 443) 9 credits
  6. Minimum credits required 120

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

Major—B.S./M.S. Degree

  1. Complete the following admission requirements:
    a. CS major (junior preferred) or senior standing.
    b. GPA 3.25 or above based on a minimum of 24 credits. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program.
    c. GRE (general).
    d. Study goal statement.
    e. Submit a UAF graduate application for admission.
  2. Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X* and any approved ethics course.)
  3. Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X*, PHYS 211X and PHYS 212X.)
  4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*

    CS 201—Computer Science I 3 credits

    CS 202—Computer Science II 3 credits

    CS 301—Assembly Language Programming 3 credits

    CS 311—Data Structures and Algorithms 3 credits

    CS 321—Operating System 3 credits

    CS 331—Programming Languages 3 credits

    CS 402W,O—Senior Project and Professional Practice 3 credits

    CS 441—Computer Architecture 3 credits

    CS 471W—Software Engineering

    EE 341—Digital and Computer Analysis and Design 4 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing 3 credits



    MATH 307—Discrete Mathematics 3 credits

    STAT 300—Statistics 3 credits
  5. Complete the following master core courses:

    CS 611—Complexity of Algorithms 3 credits

    CS 631—Programming Language Implementation 3 credits

    CS 641—Advanced Systems Architecture 3 credits

    CS 671—Advanced Software Engineering 3 credits

    CS 690—Graduate Seminar and Project 3 credits

    CS 691—Graduate Seminar and Project 3 credits

    CS upper division/graduate level electives 3 credits

    CS graduate level electives 6 credits
  6. Pass a written comprehensive exam in the areas of computer algorithms/theory/complexity, computer architecture, computer language, and software engineering.
  7. Minimum credits required for both degrees 141

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course required for the B.S. degree.
Note: For the master’s degree, a student must earn an A or B grade in 400-level courses. The C grade will be accepted in 600-level courses provided a B grade point average is maintained.
Note: This degree program must be completed in seven years or the student will be disqualified from the program. If a student is disqualified, a B.S. in Computer Science will be awarded if: 1) completed in 10 years, and 2) meet the B.S. degree requirements for Computer Science with option substituting CS 411/451 with CS 611/651.

Minor

  1. Complete the following:

    CS 201—Computer Science I 3 credits

    CS 202—Computer Science II 3 credits

    Three electives at the 300- or 400-level from CS, EE 341, AIS 310, MATH 310, MATH 460; or electives approved by a computer science advisor 9 credits
  2. Minimum credits required 15

Note: Courses completed to satisfy this minor can be used to simultaneously satisfy other major or general distribution requirements.

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