Degree Essentials

Computer Science

Faculty

Associate Professor Thomas C. Bressoud, Chair

Professors Jessen T. Havill, Joan Krone; Associate Professors Thomas C. Bressoud, R. Matthew Kretchmar; Assistant Professor Ashwin Lall, Assistant Professor David White; Academic Administrative Assistant Dee Ghiloni

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

Computer Science is the study of algorithmic problem solving in both theoretical and applied areas. The major in Computer Science is designed to enable students to become well rounded in these areas, and well prepared for either graduate study or work in a variety of fields. Emphasis is placed on core concepts, analytical thinking, and problem solving throughout the curriculum.

In addition to a broad complement of introductory courses, the department regularly offers advanced courses in artificial intelligence and robotics, computer systems and networking, algorithm analysis and the theory of computation, software engineering, computer game design, and computational biology. Students have opportunities to conduct research through the Anderson summer research program and/or a senior research project.

Students interested in a Computer Science major should take a Foundations course (CS 109, 110, or CS 111) followed by CS 173 by the end of the first year. In rare circumstances, a student may complete this sequence during the sophomore year. Majors should also take Math 123 during the first year.

Computer Science Major

The core courses in Computer Science are a Foundations course (CS 109, 110, or 111), 173, 174, 271, 275, 281, 371, and Math 123. Math 210 may substitute for CS 174. All Computer Science majors must complete these courses.

Bachelor of Arts Degree The minimum requirements for a B.A. degree in Computer Science are the core plus two additional Computer Science courses at the 300 or 400 level, excluding 361-362 and 363-364.

Bachelor of Science Degree The minimum requirements for a B.S. degree are the core, CS 334, CS 372, and three additional Computer Science courses at the 300 or 400 level, excluding 361-362 and 363-364. Students may substitute Math 242 for one of these additional courses. We strongly recommend that B.S. candidates also take Math 124 and Math 210, and one or more of 231, 232 and 242. A year-long senior research project may count as one elective toward the major.

Computer Science Minor

A minor in computer science consists of a Foundations course (CS 109, 110, or 111), 173, 174, 271, 281, and Math 123. Math 210 may substitute for CS 174.

Computational Science Concentration

Computational Science is the field of study concerned with constructing mathematical models and numerical solution techniques, and using computer algorithms and simulation to analyze and solve scientific, social scientific, and engineering problems. The Computational Science concentration consists of: four core courses (MATH 124, 231, CS 173, and one of CS 109, 110, or 111), and an additional course at the 200-level or above. This additional course, which may be in another department, must have a strong and persistent mathematical modeling or computer component and must be pre-approved by the Mathematics and Computer Science department. In addition, the student must take a two (2) semester sequence of courses in another department besides Mathematics and Computer Science. A written plan for completing the concentration must be approved by the Mathematics and Computer Science Department prior to enrollment in the elective course. In particular, the elective course and cognate requirements above must be chosen consistently with a valid educational plan for the study of Computational Science (as defined above). Any Mathematics major who wishes to complete this concentration must choose a computer science course as their elective course. Any Computer Science major who wishes to complete this concentration must choose a mathematics course for their elective course. A double Mathematics and Computer Science major is not eligible for this concentration.

Additional Points of Interest

Students who intend to continue with graduate study in Computer Science should pursue the B.S. degree.

The Anderson Foundation and the Denison University Research Foundation (DURF) support qualified students conducting summer research. For off-campus research opportunities in Computer Science, see the Oak Ridge Science Semester described at http://denison.edu/academics/oak-ridge.