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[College of Engineering]

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)

Professor David W. Cordes, Department Head
Office: 101 Houser Hall

Computer science is a multifaceted discipline that encompasses a broad range of topics. At one end of the spectrum, computer science focuses on the theoretical capabilities of computers and on the properties of various general problems and algorithms. At the other, applications-oriented end of the spectrum, computer science deals with techniques for the design and construction of machines and with advanced applications of computers in all aspects of our society. Graduates of the program will be prepared for admission to graduate study or for immediate employment in business, industry, or government positions involving computer systems and techniques.

Program Objectives

The mission of the department's undergraduate degree program is to provide a broad-based, high-quality education in computer science. Our program should provide its graduates with a body of knowledge and an attitude toward learning that will enable them to contribute positively to the profession, and ultimately, to society itself. In order to accomplish this task, we must provide an academic experience that is sufficiently rich in both theory and practice to ensure the development of fundamentally sound, skilled graduates. Specifically, we must put into place a continuously improving program of study that ensures our students possess

Laboratories. In addition to the University's central computer facilities, computer science students have access to a wide range of resources at both the College and departmental level. The PCs and workstations are fully networked, providing access to other Internet computing resources within the University and across the country. The department also maintains its own dedicated PC laboratory used for closed lab sessions in the introductory computer science courses. Additionally, the department's laboratories house a variety of special-purpose computing equipment.

Requirements for the minor in computer science. The department offers three distinct minor programs, each designed to meet the needs of a particular set of students. These minors include (1) a science-based minor in computer science that focuses on the fundamentals of the discipline; (2) a minor in computing technology and applications that emphasizes the use of computing technology in today's workplace; and (3) a minor in computer software systems (designed primarily for MIS students).

A minor in computer science requires 20 hours, including CS 114:116, CS 124, CS 325, CS 357, ECE 380, and ECE 383. Students considering graduate work in computer science should include CS 403, CS 426, and CS 470 in their programs. In addition, they are advised to take ST 410 and ST 411.

A minor in computing technology and applications requires 18 hours, including CS 102, CS 466, and any four other CS courses (12 hours).

A minor in computer software systems (designed primarily for MIS students) requires 19 hours, including CS 114:116, CS 124, CS 313, CS 325, CS 375, and CS 415.

Minors for computer science majors. Currently, all computer science majors minor in mathematics simply by completing the mathematics courses required in the computer science curriculum (a "C" average in the required math courses must be maintained).

Policy on the Core Curriculum. All students in computer science must complete the standard University's Core Curriculum in order to graduate. CS majors are not allowed to use the Core Curriculum exceptions granted for other engineering majors

Policy on repeating courses. All College of Engineering policies concerning admission and retention are enforced for all computer science majors, whether they are enrolled through the College of Engineering or through the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition, computer science majors must earn a "C" or higher in all computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, and statistics courses required in the major.

Policy on CS 114:116. CS 114 requires CS 116 as a corequisite. A student may not register for CS 114 without also registering or having credit for CS 116. For students enrolled in CS 114:CS 116, withdrawal from CS 116 requires a withdrawal from CS 114.

Graduate programs. The graduate programs leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy in computer science degrees are broadly based and designed for students who are primarily interested in careers in computer science. Areas of specialization include algorithms, artificial intelligence, database systems, distributed systems, human-computer interfaces, neural networks, and software engineering. A student may also choose to concentrate in a field related to computer science. Please refer to the University of Alabama graduate catalog for details of these programs.

COMPUTER SCIENCE CURRICULUM

FRESHMAN YEAR
First SemesterHours
COM 123 Public Speaking3
CS 114 Introduction to Computer Programming3
CS 116 Introduction to Computer Programming Laboratory1
EN 101 English Composition I (FC)3
MATH 125 Calculus I (MA)4
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14
Second Semester
CS 124 Introduction to Computer Science (C)3
EN 102 English Composition II (FC)3
MATH 126 Calculus II (MA)4
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N)4
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14
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CS 325 Software Development and Systems3
ECE 380 Digital Logic4
MATH 227 Calculus III (MA)4
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N)4
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15
Second Semester
CS 357 Data Structures (C)3
ECE 383 Microcomputers (C)4
MATH 301 Discrete Mathematics3
Fine arts (FA) elective3
History (HI) or behavioral sciences elective (must take one HI
    course if completing in-depth sequence in L)3
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16
 
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
CS 403 Programming Languages (W)3
CS 470 Introduction to Computer Algorithms3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective (must take
    one L course if completing in-depth sequence in HI)3
ECE 484 Computer Architecture3
MATH 237 Applied Matrix Theory3
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15
Second Semester
CS 426 Introduction to Operating Systems3
CS 434 Compiler Construction3
MATH 300 Introduction to Numerical Analysis3
Humanities (HU) or fine arts (FA) elective (must take one L course if
    completing in-depth sequence in HI)3
Natural science elective (N)4
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16
 
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
CS 415 Software Design and Development3
GES 255 Engineering Statistics I or ST 410 Concepts of Probability3
Computer science electives, 400 level3
Six hours of Core Curriculum courses, including a sequence in
    either history (HI) or literature (L):
    a) HI sequence course and HU/FA elective course or
    b) L sequence course and HI/SB elective course6
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15
Second Semester
CS 440 Ethical and Societal Issues in Computer Science3
GES 257 Engineering Statistics II or ST 411 Statistical Inference3
Computer science elective, 400 level3
Six hours of Core Curriculum courses, including a sequence in
    either history (HI) or literature (L):
    a) HI sequence course and HU/FA elective course or
    b) L sequence course and HI/SB elective course6
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15
 
Total: 120 hours

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