The goal of the Department of Computer Science is to provide individuals with a broad-based theoretical and practical understanding of Computer Science. Students who complete the program are prepared to pursue graduate study or to assume positions which include software engineering, network design and management, Web design, and the application of computers and related technologies to problems in industry such as computer security.

The Department of Computer Science offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Computer Science.

The undergraduate curriculum offered by the Department of Computer Science is designed to serve these purposes: to offer an undergraduate major in computer science for individuals who wish to pursue a career in this field; to offer a minor in computer science for those who feel the need for a less extensive concentration in computing; to prepare students for graduate work in computer science; and to serve students in other academic disciplines by offering instruction in computer applications that are useful in these disciplines.

The Department offers an undergraduate major with three choices of concentration. In each concentration, students are guided through a carefully selected sequence of courses designed to provide a thorough grounding in practical aspects of the field. Students will also acquire sufficient theoretical background to enable them to keep up with the rapid changes in computer technology and methodology. Students should consult a Department advisor to determine which concentration and electives to choose.

General Requirements:

During their first term, transfer students should have all transferred Computer Science courses evaluated by a Computer Science Department advisor for possible acceptance towards major or minor requirements. Acceptance of credit by the University does not guarantee acceptance by the Department.

NOTE: CONTACT A DEPARTMENT ADVISOR FOR CURRENT REQUIREMENTS.

Peter G. Kimmel, Ph.D., Professor, Chair
Rachel Adler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Francisco Iacobelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Graciela Perera, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Pericles Prezas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Marcelo Sztainberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Rachel Trana, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Xiwei Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

CS-100. Computers And Society. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the history of computing and how computers have affected society. Furthermore, it covers the basic computer skills needed to be truly computer literate in modern society. Topics include, but are not limited to the history of computing, the social context of computing, ethical issues in computing, computer security and privacy, the impact of the Internet and the World Wide Web, an introduction to computer architecture and operating systems, and basic computer programs utilized for school, work, and home.

CS-101. Algorithmic Problem Solving. 3 Hours.

The goal of this course is to focus on the skills required to analyze a problem and create a step-by-step (algorithmic) solution to that problem. Basic computation using arithmetic, relational, and logical operators will be covered as well as an in-depth treatment of decision and repetition control structures to create algorithms based on mathematical concepts such as summation, averages, exponentiation, prime and perfect numbers, algebraic and geometric sequences, etc.
Prerequisite: MATH-092 minimum grade of C.

CS-108. Computer Science For All. 3 Hours.

Computer science has revolutionized many disciplines and it is no longer only for computer scientists.  By studying computer science students will use computational thinking and apply programming to real world scenarios and interdisciplinary examples from science, math and teacher education. Robots and web and mobile-based coding platforms will be used to expose students to coding through different technologies. Students will learn computer science concepts such as algorithms, loops, and conditionals.   Each week students will engage in hands-on computational thinking or coding exercises. Finally, students will complete a project using coding to demonstrate scientific, mathematical, or concepts from other disciplines.
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

CS-109. First Year Experience: The Information Age: Its Impact On Chicago's Culture. 3 Hours.

The 21st century has seen the genesis of the Information Age. Advances in computer technology have made immediate access to information and sophisticated processing of information commonplace in business, science, medicine, education, various professional areas and many aspects of personal life. This course focuses on how this has impacted Chicago's culture and its diverse communities. This course fulfills the First Year Experience (FYE) requirement. FYE-109 courses are intended for Freshmen only. Students may not take more than one FYE-109 course.

CS-200. Programming I. 3 Hours.

This course serves as an introduction to principles of computer programming. It covers fundamental concepts including input/output, data types, arithmetic, relational, and logical operators, branching, looping, methods, and arrays. Programming projects involving these concepts will be assigned for interactive applications, numeric computations, and analysis of data. A common comprehensive final exam will be given for all sections of CS-200, Programming I—the date of the final exam will be published within the section record each term.
Prerequisite: MATH-173 minimum grade of C.

CS-201. Discrete Structures. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the fundamental number theoretic, logical, algorithmic, combinatoric, and computational concepts from discrete structures and their applications to computer science. This course involves no programming.
Prerequisite: MATH-173 minimum grade of C or MATH-104 minimum grade of C.

CS-207. Programming II. 3 Hours.

This course provides an in-depth study of the principles of object oriented programming, including Classes, Objects, Methods, Arrays, Inheritance, and Polymorphism. Within this framework, the course will cover Sorting and Searching Arrays, Two-Dimensional Arrays, Exception Handling, and File Input/Output. Emphasis is given to the design of algorithms and program development, involving both numeric computations and string manipulation techniques. A common comprehensive final exam will be given for all sections of CS-207, Programming II—the date of this final exam will be published within the section record each term.
Prerequisite: CS-200 minimum grade of C.

CS-300. Client Side Web Development. 3 Hours.

The course discusses web site design issues and the requirements of e-commerce. Furthermore, it covers the creation of web pages. Hands-on development and group projects are an essential part of this course.
Prerequisite: CS-200 minimum grade of C.

CS-301. Computer Organization. 3 Hours.

Representation of data, machine arithmetic, processor and memory organizations, instruction execution, assembly and machine languages, addressing mechanisms, and implementation of high level language constructs. Students will gain a vision of levels of abstraction in hardware and software, the nature of the Von Neumann machine and the nature of high level languages.
Prerequisites: CS-200 minimum grade of C and CS-201 minimum grade of C.

CS-302. Systems Programming. 3 Hours.

Introduction to systems programming, including use and implementation of assembler, macros, loaders, compilers, and operating systems.
Prerequisites: CS-304 minimum grade of C and CS-308 minimum grade of C.

CS-304. Data Structures. 3 Hours.

This course provides experience implementing and manipulating basic data structures, as well as analyzing their applications in Computer Science. Topics covered will include: Stacks, Queues, Linked Lists, Binary Tree Structures, Heaps, Graphs, and Sorting Algorithms.
Prerequisite: CS-207 minimum grade of C.

CS-305. Computer Logic And Circuitry. 3 Hours.

Introduction to logical design of computers and some of their applications. Included are Boolean algebra, switching theory, number systems, numerical codes, and computer organization. Engineering problems are de-emphasized. Computer word organization, languages and use of computers for simple problems will be explained.
Prerequisite: CS-200 minimum grade of C.

CS-307. Programming Languages. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of programming languages their structural definition and run time implementation. It equips the students with the tools necessary for the critical evaluation of existing programming languages, and the learning of new ones. In addition, it prepares students for the study of computer design.
Prerequisite: CS-304 minimum grade of C or CS-407 minimum grade of C or CS-400 minimum grade of C or CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-308. Operating Systems. 3 Hours.

A general overview of the ideas underlying operating systems. Included are traditional topics such as file systems, CPU scheduling, memory management and device scheduling, along with the topics of more current interest such as deadlock handling, process synchronization and distributed systems. No single operating system is studied; examples are drawn from many sources.
Prerequisites: CS-207 minimum grade of C and CS-301 minimum grade of C.

CS-309. Compiler Theory. 3 Hours.

Introduction to basic structure and components of a compiler. Finite automata, lexical analysis, regular grammar, context free grammar, top-down and bottom-up parsing techniques.
Prerequisite: CS-304 minimum grade of C.

CS-311. Modern Computer Architecture. 3 Hours.

This course is intended for those students who wish to understand the architecture and operation of computer systems. Methods for interconnecting processors, memories and I/O devices are discussed. The addressing modes and instruction techniques for manipulation of more complex data structures such as queues, lists and trees are covered.
Prerequisites: ((CS-207 minimum grade of C or CS-406 minimum grade of C) and CS-301 minimum grade of C.

CS-314. Independent Study In Computer Science. 3 Hours.

An opportunity for an individual research or applications project under the direction of an advisor knowledgeable in the field of endeavor. The project will be designed by the student and his/her project advisor, and must be approved by the chairperson of the Deparment of Computer Science before the project itself is undertaken.

CS-315. Modern Database Management. 3 Hours.

Theoretical foundations and state-of-the-art data base management systems. The relational, hierarchical and network approaches to data base management systems and representative systems are described. User interfaces are emphasized.
Prerequisite: CS-207 minimum grade of C.

CS-317. Event-Driven Programming. 3 Hours.

This course serves as an introduction to techniques and tools for the design of graphical user interfaces and event-driven applications. Topics covered include layering, domain logics, form and control basics, custom control, database mapping, and application embedded support. Students will be expected to apply these concepts in programming projects.
Prerequisite: CS-207 minimum grade of C.

CS-319. Writing Intensive Program: Fundamentals Of Software Engineering. 3 Hours.

This course serves as an introduction to the life cycle of the software development process. Topics covered include each phase of the cycle, and techniques and paradigms that result in the successful realization of each stage. Students will be expected to apply these concepts in a large-scale project.
Prerequisites: CS-304 minimum grade of C and ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

CS-320. Object-Oriented Programming. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to Object-Oriented Design (OOD) and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), which is a highly used contemporary programming paradigm. The three main features of OOD, namely encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance are discussed. The student must implement these concepts in a project.
Prerequisite: CS-304 minimum grade of C.

CS-321. Server Side Web Development. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to techniques and tools for designing server side web applications. Topics covered include web application flow, object oriented programming, design of classes, dynamic content, scripting languages, implicit objects and database accessing. Students will be expected to apply these concepts in the development of a website.
Prerequisites: CS-207 minimum grade of C and CS-300 minimum grade of C.

CS-322. Statistical Computer Program Packages. 3 Hours.

This course provides an in depth study of modern statistical data analysis using as the Binomial and Normal distribution, the Linear Regression model, Analysis of Variance, Nonparametric methods and Computer Random Sampling techniques using MINITAB and GPSS. In addition, students will become experienced in the actual implementation of these statistical models with data sets using such statistical software packages as MINITAB, SPSS, BMDP and SAS.
Prerequisites: CS-200 minimum grade of C and MATH-275 minimum grade of C.

CS-323. Cyberlaw. 3 Hours.

This course presents an introduction to the legal issues relating to the use of computers and the Internet. Topics covered include privacy, freedom of speech, intellectual property in cyberspace, encryption and interception of communication, computer crime, professional ethics and codes of conduct and work related ethical and legal issues.

CS-324. Introduction To The Design Of Algorithms. 3 Hours.

Methods for analyzing algorithms are discussed including an introduction to asymptotic notation. Several approaches to designing algorithms are covered using theory, examples and problems. Those approaches include divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, the greedy approach backtracking and branch-and-bound. Different approaches are applied to the same problem to illuminate the relative advantages.
Prerequisites: CS-201 minimum grade of C and CS-304 minimum grade of C.

CS-325. Theory Of Computation. 3 Hours.

This course discusses several models of computation, including finite automata, pushdown automata and deterministic and nondeterministic Turning machines. The notions of undecidability, computational complexity, intractability and NP completeness are also discussed. The course is mainly theoretical in nature, but some applications, such as finite state systems and parsing, will be discussed.
Prerequisites: CS-201 minimum grade of C and CS-304 minimum grade of C or ((CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C).

CS-326. Numerical Methods Using Fortran Programming. 3 Hours.

An introduction to structured Fortran programming, Computational errors, Solving nonlinear equations, Solving sets of Equations, Determinants and matrix inversions, Interpolating polynomials.
Prerequisite: MATH-106 minimum grade of C or MATH-185 minimum grade of C.

CS-327. Computational Methods In Biology. 3 Hours.

Bioinformatics is the discipline that applies mathematics, statistics, computer science, chemistry, and biology to solving problems in biology using biological data sets. The problems investigated are usually at the molecular level. These problems include sequence alignment, genome assembly, models of evolution and phylogenetic trees, analyzing gene expression data, and gene linkage analysis. One of the most important statistical tools used in bioinformatics is the Bayesian network. This course introduces the techniques used in bioinformatics, in particular Bayesian networks, and provides solutions to several bioinformatics problems.
Prerequisites: ((CS-201 minimum grade of C or MATH-251 minimum grade of C) and ((BIO-100 minimum grade of C or BIO-201 minimum grade of C) and CS-200 minimum grade of C.

CS-329. Decision Theory. 3 Hours.

This course covers probabilistic networks, influence diagrams, and decision trees, and their application to making decisions in the face of uncertainty. It addresses modeling one-time decisions and also modeling repeatable decisions as done by an expert system. An expert system is a system that makes the judgments and decisions of an expert. Classical examples of expert systems are systems that make financial decisions and ones that perform medical diagnosis. This course will concentrate more of the latter. Methods for building expert systems and for doing inference with them will be covered.
Prerequisites: CS-201 minimum grade of C and CS-304 minimum grade of C.

CS-331. Computer Networks. 3 Hours.

This course covers concepts in data communications, emphasizing protocols. An overview of all protocol layers will be covered, with emphasis on OSI and TCP/IP.
Prerequisites: CS-207 minimum grade of C or CS-406 minimum grade of C or ((CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C).

CS-334. Open Source Systems. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to the open source domain, including the Linux operating system and other technologies. Topics covered include open source licensing, Linux administration and characteristics of open source applications. Students will be expected to understand the main concepts, and become capable of researching available resources and participating in open source communities.
Prerequisite: CS-308 minimum grade of C.

CS-335. Artificial Intelligence. 3 Hours.

This course covers strong artificial intelligence methods, which have resulted in the development of systems that solve open problems in specialized domains. Such methods include 1) AI models based on logical reasoning, in particular decision trees and learning decision trees, rule-based expert systems, semantics nets, and frames; 2) AI models based on probabilistic reasoning, in particular Bayesian networks and learning Bayesian networks, influence diagrams, and class probability trees; and 3) AI models based on emergent intelligence, in particular evolutionary computation and swarm intelligence. Lastly, the course discusses an important endeavor in AI, namely language processing.
Prerequisites: CS-304 minimum grade of C or CS-407 minimum grade of C or ((CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C).

CS-336. History Of Computing. 3 Hours.

This course discusses the history of computing beginning with the earliest computational devices and continuing to current technologies. The history of computing is much more than the study of computers. It also involves the study of how computing is done and approached and how it has evolved over time. This course covers the following aspects of computing history: technology, both hardware and software; business history; and sociological impacts and key turning points. Within those aspects, trends and evolution are covered as well.

CS-338. Science, Women, And Technology. 3 Hours.

This course includes an overview of the women who have made major contributions to computing from Grace Hopper to Ellen Spertus. Futhermore, it provides a life-course analysis of women in computing from an early childhood interest, through university, to graduate school and finally into the work place. This analysis will provide the seed for research topics. Each student will choose a research topic, conduct the research, and present the results to the class.

CS-339. Fundamentals Of Information Technology Project Management. 3 Hours.

An Information System is a well-coordinated collection of technological and human resources that gathers and transforms data into information that enables decision making and process improvement within organizations. Information Technology Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities in order to meet project requirements. This course serves as an introduction to these concepts. Students will be expected to apply these tools and techniques in a group based project.
Prerequisite: CS-304 minimum grade of C.
Corequisite: CS-319.

CS-340. Fundamentals Of Computer Graphics. 3 Hours.

This course provides a unified introduction to computer graphics and computer vision for students with an interest in imaging or digital visual arts. Topics covered include the fundamentals of display hardware and applications, interactive techniques and color models, 3D viewing pipeline, 3D polygon rendering (clipping, scan conversion, and visibility algorithms), illumination models, transparency, and ray-tracing. The student must write programs using these methodologies.
Prerequisites: CS-304 minimum grade of C and MATH-110 minimum grade of C.

CS-341. Parallel Computing And Distributed Systems. 3 Hours.

This course works on the fundamental concepts of building systems that work across multiple computing platforms. The course includes topics of distributed operating systems and network protocols for process communication, synchronization, scheduling, and exception and deadlock resolution; understanding of client-server, web-based collaborative systems; parallel computing; concurrency issues; and API's for distributed application development. Several distributed computing environments are discussed and used in developing experimental projects in a cluster of networked computers. Building systems using cloud-based and service-oriented architectures may also be included.
Prerequisites: CS-308 minimum grade of C and CS-304 minimum grade of C.

CS-342. Introduction To Human Computer Interaction. 3 Hours.

A good understanding of how a system/device interacts with its users is what differentiates a product that is technically sound from a usable one. HCI is the science that explores these interactions. HCI is at the intersection of many disciplines including cognitive psychology, linguistics, design and engineering. HCI considerations are increasingly cited as key factors in product design. In this course we will explore the science behind HCI and we will put parts of it into practice.

CS-343. Introduction To Natural Language Processing. 3 Hours.

Computers have tried to understand humans since the beginning. Today, with social media, globalization and the widespread use of computing devices the task of understanding is facing new challenges. In this course the students will learn the core techniques used by computers to understand and generate language, as well as state of the art research in the field.
Prerequisite: CS-304 minimum grade of C.

CS-345. Network Security. 3 Hours.

This course discusses the principles and practice of network security applications and standards that are widely used on the internet and on corporate networks. Topics include cryptographic algorithms and protocols that undeline network security applications, network security tools, system-level security issues including the threat of intruders, virus countermeasures, the use of firewalls and trusted systems, IP security, electronic mail and web security.
Prerequisites: CS-308 minimum grade of C or CS-408 minimum grade of C or ((CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404).

CS-346. Interdisciplinary Seminar In STEM. 2 Hours.

This course uses a hands-on approach to modern inquiry-based research problems and techniques in the physical and computational sciences. The course is structured around a series of modular problem-based exercises, covering topics from the fields of Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics and Physics, and is designed to provide the content and pedagogical background for students to be successful peer leaders. The cross-disciplinary modules will draw connections between scientific disciplines, and showcase common research tools and techniques used in the sciences. The workshop will also incorporate discussions on a range of topics, from scientific ethics, scientific methodology and error analysis.
Prerequisite: MATH-185 minimum grade of C.

CS-347. Mobile Application Development. 3 Hours.

This course covers programming applications for mobile platforms. Students will learn about mobile application environments and platforms and how to design and develop applications to account for the limited screen size, memory, and access to the internet. Students will incorporate graphics, networking, security, media to create new, real world, practical applications. Development, design, implementation, testing, debugging, and maintaining these applications will also be covered. Students will use a variety of programming languages to create these applications.
Prerequisites: CS-207 minimum grade of C and CS-300 minimum grade of C.

CS-348. Computer Ethics And Public Policy. 3 Hours.

This course discusses ethical and social issues related to the development and use of computer technology. The course provides students with historical and philosophical context to understand the evolution of ethics and its intersection with the use of technology as well as touching on major ethical issues currently affecting the use of computer technology. Topics involve ethics, public policy, privacy, responsibility and legal considerations.

CS-355. Cryptography. 3 Hours.

This course covers cryptography and a wide range of cryptographic applications. Theory discussed includes the design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms such as private key and public key cryptosystems used to secure data transmission and electronic system communications. Cryptographic applications such as digital signatures, entity identification, key exchange and e-commerce transactions are discussed.
Prerequisites: CS-324 minimum grade of C or CS-404 minimum grade of C or ((CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C).

CS-360. CyberSecurity. 3 Hours.

The basic concepts in computer security as well as the mechanisms located at the heart of a computer system are presented. Topics covered include privacy and personal information, computer crime, legal and ethical issues in computer security, identification and authentication, cryptography, operating system security, network security, World Wide Web security, and database security.
Prerequisite: CS-308 minimum grade of C.

CS-361. Secure Programming And Testing. 3 Hours.

This course details how to design, build, and test programs in order to make them more secure. The course will discuss the following topics: concepts of secure programming (including risk management), techniques and tools used to build secure systems, techniques to test for security in programs and systems, specific vulnerabilities to avoid (and how to do so), and how to test for those vulnerabilities. Specific common classes of programming-induced vulnerabilities will be included such as buffer overflows, race conditions, off-by-one errors, integer overflow, and improper use of randomness functions.
Prerequisite: CS-360 minimum grade of C.

CS-390. Supervised Field Study I. 3 Hours.

(Internship) The student completes a computer programming project for an institution at the institution site. The institution defines the project which must be approved by the Department of Computer Science for the purpose of satisfying the course requirement. The project should take approximately 168 hours to complete. NOTE: CS-390 is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

CS-391. Supervised Field Study II. 6 Hours.

(Internship) Same as CS-390 except that project should take approximately 336 hours to complete.

CS-392. Supervised Field Study III. 9 Hours.

(Internship) Same as CS-390 except that project should take approximately 504 hours to complete.

CS-400. Discrete Modeling And Analysis. 3 Hours.

This course provides necessary tools to develop mathmetical maturiy through the study of important topics such as comvinatorial analysis, discrete structures, algorithmic thinking and mathemetical reasoning. Topics include Advanced Enumeration Methods, Recurrence Relations (Equations), Graph Theory, Automata and Formal Languages, Proof Techniques and Probality and Statistics.
Prerequisite: CS-201 minimum grade of B or CS-405 minimum grade of C.

CS-401. Software Engineering. 3 Hours.

The complete software development process: requirement specification, design, coding, testing and maintenance. Various software engineering methods for the development of large-scale quality software are presented.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-402. Advanced Systems Programming. 3 Hours.

Study of system programming tools, their use and their construction. Includes the development of an integrated systems programming environment consisting of a processor simulator, an assembler and a loader.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-404. Analysis Of Algorithms. 3 Hours.

This course provides various methodologies to design and analyze algorithms. Topics include incremental, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, greedt, backtracking, and branch-and-bound methodologies. Additional topics include sorting and searching algorithms, and computational complexity and Intractability.
Prerequisite: CS-304 minimum grade of B or CS-407 minimum grade of C.
Corequisite: CS-400.

CS-408. Advanced Operating Systems. 3 Hours.

Advanced operating system design and construction concepts such as memory, processor, process and secondary device management, synchronization and communication, security and protection, system performance and evaluation, network, distributed and fault-tolerant systems. Study of operating systems highlighting these concepts.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-409. Topics In Compiler Theory. 3 Hours.

This course describes the procedures used to develop a compiler for a high level language. First a simple high level language is defined and a simple program is written using this language. Then the concepts of a scanner and a parser are presented and students write the software for a scanner and a parser. Gradually, software for all phases of a comipler is developed and by the end of the semester, every student has developed a compiler that can produce assembly code for a microprocessor for a program written in a predefined simple high level language.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-411. Professional Computing. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of the technical communication skills needed for a successful career in the field of Information Technology. This course, therefore, is designed to enhance the student’s technical research, writing, and presentation skills. Topics include methods for gathering information, writing good documentation, rendering technical information usable to the intended audience, using proper editing techniques, using rhetoric aspects that are applicable to technical communications, and using appropriate types of presentation delivery. To enhance these skills, class activities will include writing a formal project proposal, writing an abstract, making a formal project presentation, and writing a formal analysis report.

CS-412. Web Application Development. 3 Hours.

This course serves as an inroduction to differetn techniques and tools for the design of web applications. Topics covered include web applications flow, object oriented programming, design of classes, dynamic content, scripting languages, implicit objects, and database accessing. Students will be expected to understand and apply these concepts into the generation of sample websites.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-413. IT Project Management. 3 Hours.

IT Project Management is the discipline that applies management principles to the development of information systems projects. It uses techniques developed by Industrial Engineers and used by other engineers and business managers to bring in projects within time and budget. This course supplements Software Engineering by focusing on the management aspects of investng in the development of information systems. Required: CS-401 or can be taken concurrently.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-414. Independent Study. 3 Hours.

An opportunity for advanced study under the direction of an advisor knowledgeable in the field. The area of study will be selected by the student and his/her advisor, and must be approved by the department chair.
Prerequisites: CS-402 minimum grade of C and CS-409 minimum grade of C.

CS-415. Design Of Data Base Systems. 3 Hours.

This course covers various concepts associated with design and construction of data base systems. Topics include data base architecture, relational model, relational languages (SQL), normalization theory, Entity-Relationship theory and physical data base design. Students will develop a simple data base system.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-416. AI And Robotics. 3 Hours.

This course serves as an introduction to aspects of Artificial Intelligence applied to the robotics field. Students will learn different techniques to approach problems using simple robotics. Students will be expected to understand the main concepts, research for available resources, and participate in projects where these concepts will be applied.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-417. Video Game Programming. 3 Hours.

Tha aim of this course is to explore the basics game programming and the gaming industry, including elements of computer graphics and computer vision as well as advanced stereoscopic computer applications. Following the nature of computer/video grames development as a team effort, for this course, we shall design and implement one large class project for game prototype as a team.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-418. Research Topics In Artificial Intelligence. 3 Hours.

This course covers current research topics in artificial intelligence (AI) theory and applications. Topics will vary from semester to semester, and will include a detailed study of one or more of the following: the application of Bayesian networks and other machine learning methodologies to artificial intelligence; the use of decision theory to model intelligent agent behavior; genetic algorithms and programming; evolutionary strategies; multi-agent systems and models; hybrid heuristics and non-deterministic optimization algorithms.
Prerequisites: CS-201 minimum grade of C and CS-304 minimum grade of C.

CS-419. Informatics. 3 Hours.

Information is the discipline that applies the methodologies of science and engineering to information. It concerns organizing data into information, learning knowledge from information, learning new information from knowledge and making decisions based on the knowledge and information learned. This course concerns computational methods for analyzing data and processing information in applications to business decisions.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-420. Object-Oriented Design. 3 Hours.

This course provides student with a solid foundation in onject oriented design (OOD) and programming (OOP), a contemporary and highly used programming paradigm. OOD involves the presentation of three main concepts: encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance. These concepts and implementation techniques are presented in an object oriented programming language and students become experienced in OOD projects.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-423. Enterprise Architecture & IT Strategy. 3 Hours.

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is the process of translating organizational vision strategy into effective agile business processes that utilize integrated management information systems. These systems allow for; timely decision making, speed to market for competitive advantage or to create a significant barrier to entry. This course studies organizational strategy and its interrelationship importance with major supporting business systems. The student will gain an understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence, Ecommerce systems and how the use selection of these systems are critical to an overall IT Strategy.
Prerequisite: CS-413 minimum grade of C.

CS-426. Advanced Numerical Methods. 3 Hours.

This course covers the elements of the design and analysis of numerical methods. Topics include errors in numerical methods, floating-point and interval arithmetic, measuring and efficiency of numerical methods, interpolation and curve fitting, numerical differentiation, numerical integration, and numerical optimization.
Prerequisites: CS-200 minimum grade of C and MATH-303 minimum grade of C.

CS-435. Expert Systems. 3 Hours.

An expert system is a program that is capable of making the judgements and decisions of an expert. An example of an expert system is a program that does medical diagnosis. This course covers methods for designing expert systems and for reasoning using expert systems.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-440. Computer Graphics. 3 Hours.

Graphics hardware. Scaling and data charting. Representation of two-dimensional objects. Translation and rotation of objects. Two-dimensional line clipping. Three-dimensional object representation. Perspective in three-dimensional object representation. Line- clipping and hidden line and face removal in three dimensions.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-442. Topics In Network Design. 3 Hours.

Protocols for computer networks. Performance requirements, evaluation and analysis. Case studies of actual networks.

CS-450. Advanced Computer Architecture. 3 Hours.

Computer system structure and design issues such as ALU design, arithmetic algorithms, memory hierarchy, control, microprogramming, instruction sets, addressing, input-output. Comparison of specific examples of computer models and selected topics on parallel processors.
Prerequisites: ((CS-301 minimum grade of C and CS-308 minimum grade of C and CS-311 minimum grade of C) or CS-408 minimum grade of C.

CS-460. Computer Security. 3 Hours.

Study of existing hardware and software techniques for implementing security. Passwords, encryption and authorization schemes. Special security problems presented by distributed and network environments.
Prerequisites: CS-400 minimum grade of C and CS-404 minimum grade of C.

CS-490. Master's Project. 3 Hours.

Large scale software project and associated documentation. Topic for the project is chosen in conjunction with a project advisor. Master’s Project requires the approval of the instructor, the Department Chair, and the appropriate College Dean.

CS-5901. Thesis Hours. 1 Hour.

Student conducts and writes a thesis in Computer Science. This is an alternative to CS-490 for those who want to pursue a more ambitious project. Master's Thesis requires the approval of the instructor, the Department Chair, and the appropriate College Dean.

CS-5902. Thesis Hours. 2 Hours.

See course description for CS-5901.

CS-5903. Thesis Hours. 3 Hours.

See course description for CS-5901.