2009–10 Undergraduate Catalog
Otto Miller Hall
The Department of Computing Sciences prepares students in these ways:
We seek to provide a well-focused program of studies in the theoretical and applied aspects of modern computing-related disciplines, informed by a Christian worldview and graduating students who are equipped for continued professional development and service.
The computing sciences encompass a broad and evolving group of related disciplines. Our programs include computer science and information systems; the department also maintains strong collaborations with programs in computer engineering and computational mathematics.
Computer science is the discipline that studies the representation, storage, and transformation of information utilizing computers. The computer scientist develops software and hardware to analyze data and solve problems.
Our graduates often begin their careers in software design, implementation and testing. Computer scientists also devise new ways of using computers and work to develop effective ways to solve difficult problems using computing technology.
The information systems discipline focuses on integrating technology solutions and organizational processes to meet the information needs of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. IS professionals play a key role in determining the requirements for an organization’s information systems and are active in their specification, design, implementation and support.
The Department of Computing Sciences offers both bachelor of science (B.S.) and bachelor of arts (B.A.) degrees:
The department maintains dedicated computing facilities and equipment to support instructional coursework and undergraduate-student research activities. In addition to general purpose PC laboratories, this includes web and database servers and a CSC projects laboratory containing a configurable 8-node network cluster for student projects involving high-performance concurrent and distributed computing networks.
High school pre-calculus or math analysis is required.
Admission and GPA Requirement
Admission to a major in computer science or information systems requires:
Students are encouraged to apply for their major as soon as they are eligible. An application form is available at www.spu.edu/depts/csc.
A student must complete the major requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major.
Recommended for All Degree Options
Because writing and communication skills are important for computer scientists, ENG 3205 Writing in the Professions and COM 1101 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications are recommended for all students majoring or minoring in computer science.
106 credits; 48 upper-division.
71 credits; 41 upper-division.
81 credits; 51 upper-division.
33 credits; 15 upper-division.
Policy on Multiple Computing Sciences Majors
A student cannot double-major in any combination of Department of Computing Sciences Degrees. However, a student who has graduated with either computer science degree may pursue an information systems degree as a second baccalaureate degree.
Similarly, a student who has graduated with a degree in information systems may pursue either Computer Science option as a second baccalaureate degree. All SPU rules governing additional baccalaureate degrees apply.