College of Arts and Sciences

BS in Computer Science

Dr. Elva Jones
Dr. Elva J. Jones, Chair
Department of Computer Science 

Elva Jones Building
Elva J. Jones Computer Science Bldg.

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Program Description
The Computer Science major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. This program gives the student a broad knowledge of computer science and the freedom to pursue areas of specific interest. Core courses provide foundations in programming and computer languages, the structure of data, computer architecture and the theory of computation and programming languages. Advanced courses provide depth and breadth in computer science. The student must follow one of two options of study: the applied option or the technical option. The option electives taken during the junior and senior years allow exploration of a second discipline or specific areas of computer science, such as data communications, artificial intelligence, database systems, graphics, simulation and modeling, or computing theory.

Computer Science Curriculum Guide

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Computer Science Program Educational Objectives
As productive members of the computer science profession, graduates will:

1.   Demonstrate the ability to solve computing problems appropriate to 
      their levels of professional experience.
2.   Demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively to the benefit of
3.   Continue to update their professional knowledge and skills to adapt
      to the changes in technology and the needs of the workplace.

Student Outcomes

The computer science program enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation the ability to:

1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
2. Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system process, component, or program to
   meet desired needs.
4. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
5. Exhibit an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and
6. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
7. Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
8. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
9. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices.

Major Requirements
To complete the major in information technology, the student must satisfy the major requirements which include information technology, computer science, mathematics, and physics courses. The major components include a set of core computer science and information technology courses, a set of advanced computer science and information technology courses, and a set of required major support courses.  The information technology student must complete an internship during the junior or senior year to satisfy the experiential learning component of the major.

A minimum grade of C or better is required in each computer science, mathematics, and science course required by the major.

Experiential Learning
In addition to formal classroom instruction, information technology students must complete an internship or co-op assignment.  Experiential learning offers students the opportunity to prepare for a career in information technology by allowing students to earn academic credit for work experience gained. Cooperative education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2-3 alternating work tours. A maximum of 6 hours of cooperative education credit may be used to satisfy degree requirements as option electives.

Internships offer students the opportunity to develop work experience while enrolled in other courses or to work full-time during the summer session.

Credit By Examination
A student may, through the department chair, petition in writing for an examination to receive "credit by examination" for a computer science course, with the exception of project courses and research courses. Credit by examination usually includes a written examination and a skills proficiency examination.

Admission To The Major
To be admitted to the computer science major, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.     Complete general education core requirements.
2.     Earn at least a grade of C in all computer science, mathematics, science, and English general
        education courses.
3.     Pass a programming proficiency examination.
4.     Complete a successful personal interview.

In addition to satisfying these admissions requirements, students transferring from an accredited college or university must also complete their final 30 semester hours of computer science program requirements at Winston-Salem State University. A student who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and seeks a second degree in computer science must complete the following requirements:

1.     Satisfy admission to the major requirements listed for first degree students.
2.     Complete or receive transfer credit for only those general education courses required for the
        computer science major.
3.     Complete or receive transfer credit for computer science courses, as well as the mathematics
        and science support courses required in the major.
4.     Complete the final 30 semester hours of program requirements at Winston-Salem State

The department does not offer in-depth study courses for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree. Students holding the associate degree in applied science and desiring further study in computer science should declare computer science as a major.

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