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Computer Science

Courses

Computer science courses provide students with a firm foundation of knowledge and practical experience in software development, computer architecture, and theoretical computer science. Scroll down to read descriptions of the computer science courses offered at Carthage, or click on the following links for additional resources.

 

  • CSC 1100

    Introduction to Computing

    4cr
    An introduction to the art and science of computer programming for the student without previous programming experience. Topics covered include the historical development of computing, the basic operating principles of computers, and an introduction to problem solving using one or more high-level computing languages, such as Javascript. HTML and Web programming.
    Fall/Spring

  • CSC 1110

    Principles of Computer Science I

    4cr
    A study of the fundamentals of writing computer programs and problem solving, using structured and object-oriented techniques.
    Fall/Spring

  • CSC 1120

    Principles of Computer Science II

    4cr
    The emphasis of this course is on problem solving. Students will mature as problem solvers as they are presented with increasingly challenging problems to program.
    Prerequisite: CSC 1110

  • CSC 2510

    Computer Organization

    4cr
    A study of the logical organization of computers, including combinatorial and sequential digital logic, computer arithmetic, and circuits. Machine and assembly languages, memory, addressing techniques, interrupts, and input-output processing also are studied.
    Prerequisites: CSC 1120 and either MTH 1060 or MTH 1240
    Spring

  • CSC 2560

    Data Structures and Algorithms

    4cr
    An examination of advanced programming techniques for problem solving and manipulating data using primarily object-oriented approaches.
    Prerequisite: CSC 1120
    Fall

  • CSC 3050

    Object-Oriented Programming

    4cr
    An introduction to object-oriented design techniques including encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Other features of modern object-oriented programming languages are covered as well, including exception handling, garbage collection, event handling, and threads. A modern object-oriented language such as Java will be used.
    Prerequisite: CSC 1120

  • CSC 3210

    Computing Paradigms

    4cr
    A survey of language-design issues and run-time behavior of several programming languages suitable for different problem-solving paradigms (structured, functional, object oriented).
    Prerequisite: CSC 2560

  • CSC 3410

    Database Design and Management

    4cr
    An introduction to database methods including data models (relational, object oriented, network, and hierarchical); database design and modeling; implementation and accessing methods; and SQL. Students will design and implement a database using a database management system.
    Prerequisite: CSC 1120
    Spring

  • CSC 3450

    Computer System Administration

    4cr
    The examination of the administration of Windows NT and Linux (a version of Unix) operating systems. Topics covered include installation, mail services, administering users, disk space, peripherals, backups, maintenance, security, and intercomputer communications. Special schedule.
    Prerequisite: CSC 1110
    J-Term

  • CSC 3530

    Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modeling

    4cr
    This course explores the primary approaches for developing computer programs that display characteristics we would think of as being intelligent. Students will analyze how intelligent systems are developed and implemented with a focus on exploring how human behavior on cognitive tasks can be used to inform the development of these artificial systems, as well as how the performance and behavior of these artificial systems can inform our understanding of human cognition.
    Prerequisite: CSC 2560 or with permission of instructor

  • CSC 3600

    Data Communications

    4cr
    An examination of data communications and communications networks including signal encoding, multiplexing, circuit and packet-switched networks, TCP/IP, WANs, LANs, and intranets.
    Prerequisite: CSC 2560
    Fall

  • CSC 3730

    Operating Systems

    4cr
    A study of the basic components and concepts of a multitasking operating system including processes, scheduling, resource management, I/O and file systems, virtual memory, security, and semaphores.
    Prerequisite: CSC 2560
    Spring

  • CSC 3750

    Algorithms

    4cr
    This course studies various problem-solving strategies and examines the classification, design, complexity, and efficiency of algorithms.
    Prerequisites: CSC 1120 and either MTH 1060 or MTH 1240
    Spring

  • CSC 4000

    Senior Seminar

    4cr
    Students review and discuss current issues and trends in computer science.
    Prerequisite: Senior standing
    Fall

  • CSC 4350

    Software Design and Development

    4cr
    An examination of the software development process from analysis through maintenance using both structured and object-oriented methods. Students work together on a team project.
    Prerequisite: CSC 2560
    Fall

  • CSC 4500

    Independent Study

    2-4cr
    Independent study in a topic of interest in computer science that does not duplicate any other course in the regular course offerings.
    Prerequisite: CSC 2560

  • CSC 4650

    Computer Architecture

    4cr
    Students examine various computer architectures including the von Neumann mode, RISC/CISC, and parallel architectures.
    Prerequisite: CSC 2510
    Spring

  • CSC 4810

    Foundations of Computer Science

    4cr
    This course examines various models of computation, including finite and pushdown automata and recursive functions. Language grammars, parsing, and complexity classes also are studied. Special schedule.
    Prerequisite: CSC 3750
    Spring

  • CSC 4900

    Research in Computer Science

    1-4cr
    An opportunity to conduct research in computer science, culminating in a research paper.
    Prerequisites: CSC 1120 and instructor approval

  • CSC 4990

    Senior Thesis Completion

    0cr
    Students should register for CSC 4990 during the semester that they intend to complete their senior thesis.

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