Computer Science & Information Technology Degree

A computer science and information technology degree is designed to provide two important aspects for students looking to increase their skills in the computing field. The major is designed to provide hands-on practical experiences that come from an information technology and theoretical basis that comes from computer science. The hybrid major allows students to develop a skill set that combines important elements from the two disciplines.

The computer science degree is modeled on the curriculum guidelines recommended by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB). The courses provide a solid grounding in computer science, mathematics and science and give you the opportunity to explore related areas. The major also includes several electives, so you can carve out your own emphasis in the field. A capstone senior project will let you delve deeply into an area of your choice while incorporating your knowledge of computer science.

BS Degree — Computer Science and Information Technology Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, students majoring in Computer Science and Information Technology must complete a concentration of 39 semester hours of CSIT courses and 6 semester hours of MATH as prescribed below:

  • CSIT1100 Principles of Computing 3 s.h.
  • CSIT1200 Data Structures 3 s.h.
  • CSIT1300 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 s.h.
  • CSIT2010 Object-Oriented Programming 3 s.h.
  • CSIT2100 Intermediate Programming 2 s.h.
  • CSIT2200 Computer Hardware and Networks 3 s.h.
  • CSIT3140 Information Security 3 s.h.
  • CSIT3200 Systems Analysis and Design 3 s.h.
  • CSIT3300 Database Concepts and SQL 3 s.h.
  • Internship, project, or research 1 s.h.
         CSIT3700 Internship in Computing and Information Technology or
         ARTS/CSIT4100 Systems Development Project or
         CSIT4000 Individual Study
  • Upper division CSIT electives 12 s.h.
         excluding CSIT3700, CSIT3000/4000, and CSIT4100
  • A Computer Science and Information Technology major must also complete:
  • MATH1380 Statistics 3 s.h. or MATH1510 Calculus I 4 s.h.
  • MATH2350 Discrete Mathematics 3 s.h.

We recommend that students interested in graduate study or a career as a computer scientist also minor in mathematics (with two semesters of calculus and linear algebra) and take lab science courses in physics, chemistry, or biology.

We recommend that students interested in a career in information technologies also minor in business administration and take statistics.


Computer Science and Information Technology Minor

A minor in Computer Science and Information Technology requires 18 s.h. of CSIT courses that count toward the major, excluding internships. This excludes CSIT1010-1050, CSIT1900, CSIT2000, CSIT3000, and CSIT3700.

Courses for Computer Science and Information Technology

CSIT1010 Microcomputer Business Applications 3 s.h.
A proficiency-based course to develop intermediate level skills in Microsoft’s Windows® and Office Suite®. Does not count towards the CSIT major.

CSIT1060 Introduction to Web Programming 3 s.h.
Basics of how the World Wide Web works and web site construction using HTML and CSS. Related technology skills will be covered.

CSIT1080 Technology in a Changing World 3 s.h.
A study of technology and its effects on the world. The world is connected by technology and how its connecting us is critical to how we live today. Knowing how to handle technology and make it work effectively will be increasingly important for the future. Exploration will include how technology impacts our world in both a positive and negative sense. The ethical use of technology will be explored. Students will understand how to solve simple programming problems. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

CSIT1100 Principles of Computing 3 s.h.
An introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming through extensive practice developing software in the Python language. Fundamental terminology and topics such as integrated development environments, variables, data types, control structures, functions, and objects will be covered. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

CSIT1200 Data Structures 3 s.h.
Continuation of CSIT1100 with emphasis on more advanced programming that involve classic data structures such as arrays, dictionaries, linked lists, queues, stacks, and trees. Recursive techniques and efficiency considerations will also be covered. Prerequisite: CSIT1100.

CSIT1300 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 s.h.
This course serves as an introduction to the concepts driving modern operating systems, as well as a hands-on course in Unix and Linux Systems and Windows Systems. Concepts covered include Process Management, Memory Management, Operating System Scripting and Programs, and Virtualization.

CSIT1900 Elementary Topics in Computing or Information Technology 1-3 s.h.
A study of selected elementary topics in computing or information technology that are not offered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated for credit when topics are different.

CSIT2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

CSIT2010 Object Oriented Programming 3 s.h.
A study in the design and development of object-oriented programs in the Java language for those with basic programming skills. Project assignments will give students extensive practice in designing classes and extending class hierarchies in order to develop software solutions based on interacting objects. UML diagrams and unique features of the Java language will also be covered. Prerequisite: CSIT1100.

CSIT2100 Intermediate Programming 1-3 s.h.
Intermediate-level programming using a specific programming language, tool-set, methodology, or genre such as COBOL, C++, PHP, Ajax, debuggers, etc. May be repeated for credit if the content is different. Scheduled course title and transcript listing will include the programming language or topic; e.g. Intermediate Programming - C++. Prerequisite: CSIT1100.

CSIT2200 Computer Hardware and Networks 3 s.h.
This course is a look at the organization of computer systems at the discrete and network levels. Topics include hardware and components of modern computer systems such as processor organization, digital logic and circuitry, network concepts, the OSI model, packet structure, and communication protocols.

CSIT3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

+CSIT3100 Operating Systems and Networks 3 s.h.
A study of operating systems and networking concepts such as multithreading, task management, storage management, local and wide area networks, TCP/IP (Internet protocols), security, and distributed systems. Prerequisite: CSIT1300 and CSIT2200.

CSIT3140 Information Security 3 s.h.
This course will explore the concepts of information security. Topics such as encryption, malware, software exploitation, secure development practices, reverse engineering, cyber operations, and cyber defense will be discussed. Course will require significant programming. Prerequisite: CSIT2200.

CSIT3200 Systems Analysis and Design 3 s.h.
A study of current strategies and techniques to analyze and model information system requirements, covering managerial, behavioral, and technical components of the system’s analysis and design process. Object-oriented software design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CSIT2010.

CSIT3300 Database Concepts and SQL 3 s.h.
A study of the concepts and structures required to implement a database system including the logical design and physical organization of the database. Emphasis is given to the design and development of database systems that includes understanding and applying entity-relationship models. Implementation of a database using SQL on a database system is included. Prerequisite: CSIT1100.

+CSIT3400 Programming Languages 3 s.h.
A study of programming language concepts across a wide variety of computer languages such as scripting languages, object-oriented languages, functional languages, and web-programming languages. A survey of specific languages will be studied and programming projects in several of them will be done. Prerequisite: CSIT1200

CSIT3500 Management of Information Systems 3 s.h.
Study of the fundamentals of information technology and how they support and interact with business organizations. Emphasis is on building a broad, basic technology framework.

+CSIT3600 Electronic Commerce 3 s.h. (Also BUAD3600)
Exploration of the technologies and business environment surrounding the emergence of electronic commerce. There will be both a technical and non-technical track option for students, however, all students will be introduced to technical skills for implementing an electronic commerce website. Offered Spring even years.

CSIT3700 Internship in Computing and Information Technology 1-3 s.h.
This internship allows students to work with professionals in career areas relating to computing and information technology. Student will play an active role in identifying internship opportunities and field sponsors. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 semesters hours. (Graded on Pass/ Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

CSIT3800 Current Issues and Technologies 1-3 s.h.
Exploration of an issue or technology that has emerged or exists in a state of change. Typically there will be a significant hands-on component to the course. Course title will include a subtitle; e.g. Current Issues and Technologies – Data Mining. May be repeated for credit when the subtitle is different.

CSIT3900 Topics in Computer Science and Information Technology 1-3 s.h.
A study of selected topics in computer science and information technology. May be repeated for credit when the topics are different.

CSIT4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.
Research-level study, especially one in which a conference presentation or published paper is the goal. Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.

CSIT4100 Systems Development Project 1-3 s.h. (Also ARTS4100)
In-depth project in consultation with the sponsoring faculty member.  Students will complete a project that requires design, interactivity and creativity.  The project will include some technical aspects and complete documentation of the project is required.  The project requires a formal presentation at completion. Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.

+CSIT4360 Numerical Analysis (also MATH4360) 3 s.h.
Analysis of numerical methods for computers covering iterative methods for finding roots of equations, numerical integration, interpolation and differentiation, and solution of ordinary differential equations. Error analysis and convergence of algorithms. Prerequisite: MATH2510 and a computer programming course. Goal 3A

+CSIT4370 Mathematical Modeling (also MATH4370) 3 s.h.
Selected topics to demonstrate the interaction of mathematical thinking with real-world problems. Prerequisites: MATH1350 and MATH1520. Goal 3A

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1510 Calculus I 4 s.h.
Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications including exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions. Mean value theorem, curve sketching, Riemann sums, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH2350 Discrete Mathematics 3 s.h.
A survey of topics in discrete mathematics focusing on introductory logic, methods of mathematical proof, set theory, determinants and matrices, combinatorics, and graph theory. Prerequisite: Instructor approval for non-CSIT/MATH majors, 2 years high school algebra or MATH1280. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

+ Denotes an alternate year course.