2014-2015 Catalog


Computer Science

Division II Chair: J. Pearce

Program Chair: M. Nakazawa

Faculty: L. Gratton, S. Heggen, M. Jadud, M. Nakazawa, J. Pearce

 

http://www.berea.edu/csc/

 

Computer and Information Science

Computer scientists at Berea College have fun challenging themselves with innovative, forward-looking work that creatively addresses societal needs. Students studying computer science at Berea explore abstract concepts and practical skills, applying both in service to the greater community. Students engage in internships, research, and opportunities outside the classroom that deepen their appreciation of the transformational capacity of computation, and the program invites graduates and leaders in the field to share their experiences, further emphasizing the importance of understanding computer science in the context of social good.

Computers and information systems continue to challenge our understanding of how technology can be used wisely. The Computer Science Program places an emphasis on critical technical skills such as web site design, database management, open hardware and software systems, and general computational proficiency that apply to an ever-widening variety of careers. Additionally, emphasis is placed on the essential skills of clear communication and critical thinking in hands-on, collaborative environments. Thus, computer scientists graduating from Berea College are prepared to lead in a technologically integrated world in arenas as diverse as business, non-profits, government, or education.

Students majoring in Computer and Information Science may select among three concentrations: a general concentration, a computer science concentration, and a computational mathematics concentration, while students majoring in another discipline may select a computer science minor.

The major in Computer and Information Science is intended to be appropriate for students interested in acquiring skill with computer applications, computer programming, computer hardware, and software-related tools designed for use in the physical, social, or life sciences.

Computer scientists design and develop all types of software from systems infrastructure to application technologies. The optional major concentration in Computational Mathematics is recommended for students interested in computational science, computer vision, graphics or other highly mathematical areas of the discipline. The optional Computer Science concentration is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in computer science, software engineering, mobile robotics, or other related fields, or for students interested in employment that requires deep understanding of computer operating systems and/or algorithms.

A Computer Science minor is recommended for students who wish to supplement a major in another discipline or to enhance their potential employment opportunities. The curriculum of the Computer Science minor seeks to augment the student’s major and General Education courses by developing technically adept graduates who are prepared for a range of modern careers that require computational skills.

Students who complete the major in Computer and Information Science are ineligible for the minor in Computer Science. Those students who wish to pursue more in-depth study focusing on Computer Science should consider the optional major concentration in Computer Science instead.

Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest.  It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.

  

Course

Fall 14

Spring 15

Fall 15

Spring 16

Fall 16

Spring 17

CSC 111

X

 

X

 

X

 

CSC 114

 

X

 

X

 

X

CSC 124

 

X

 

X

 

X

CSC 126

X

 

X

 

X

 

CSC 226

 

X

 

X

 

X

CSC 236

X

 

X

 

X

 

CSC 303

X

 

 

X

 

CSC 330

 

 X

 

 

CSC 335

X

 

 

X

 

CSC 410

 

 

 X

 

 

CSC 412

 

X

 

 

X

CSC 420

 

X

 

 

 

X

CSC 425

 

 

 

X

 

 

CSC 433

X

CSC 440

X

X

CSC 493

X

X

X