Department of Computer Science

BS in Computing Science (CS) | BS in Computing Science (IS) | BS in Computing Science (IA) | Minor Computing Science | Course Descriptions


 

The Bachelor of Science in Computing Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org

Chair: Peter A. Cooper     (936) 294-1569

Faculty: David Burris, Lei Chen, Hyuk Cho, Jiahuang Ji, Qingzhong Liu, Timothy McGuire, Gary Smith,Li-Jen Shannon, Karpoor Shashidhar, Cihan Varol, Jenny Zhou

Websites: Computer Science: http://cs.shsu.edu/
                Digital Forensics: http://df.shsu.edu

Mission

The Department of Computer Science is a community of faculty, staff and students, centered in the computer science disciplines. The Department of Computer Science is dedicated to providing the highest quality education possible to its graduate and undergraduate students through excellence in teaching and excellence in research. The department is committed to furthering the pursuit of knowledge and meeting the needs of a diverse society.

The Department of Computer Science seeks to provide an environment that encourages innovative thinking, academic rigor and the pursuit of scholarship in an atmosphere that promotes high ethical and moral values and mutual respect, embracing diversity, and working towards a goal of instilling a life-long love of learning.

Academic Programs

The Computing Science program offers major study plans for students wishing to pursue careers as a programmer/analyst/software engineer, as network and database administrators, as digital forensics and information security professionals, or to prepare for advanced studies at the graduate level. Minor study plans are offered which can be tailored to the needs of students majoring in almost any field. A plan leading to secondary teacher certification in Computer Science is also offered.

The Bachelor of Science in Computing Science at Sam Houston State University has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

Highlights

Sam Houston State University provides a comprehensive computing environment for students. The Computer Services Department operates a large number of computing laboratories containing desktop computers, and workstations. A variety of operating systems, network protocols, programming languages and application packages are available. Students have full access to the Internet and E-mail facilities when on campus and through dial-up facilities from off-campus. In addition to the institutional facilities, the Department of Computer Science operates a range of lab facilities to support its mission and programs, including network robotics and Unix labs, a data recovery lab and a network security lab. The department operates a 40-node symmetric multiprocessing system for use in parallel processing, digital forensics, cryptanalysis, and steganographic research. The department also has access to state of the art visualization facilities. As part of its operations, the department of Computer Science houses the Sam Houston State University Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics, a center dedicated to the development of digital forensics training for law enforcement personnel and research opportunities into forensics and security issues.

Career Opportunities

Computing professionals support many scientific, governmental, and commercial enterprises though network and communication systems management, application (computer program) development and maintenance, and hardware design. The management of computing resources within organizations is typically a mission critical activity and computing professionals occupy key organizational roles as network and database administrators, software engineers, systems analysts and programmers. Of key concern in today’s modern environment is the protection, assurance, and recovery of computing resources, providing opportunities for those wanting to work in the information assurance and digital forensics fields.

Suggested Minors

Because computer systems are a part of our everyday lives, they have application to many academic fields. Many of our computer science students select minors in a scientific field such as mathematics, physics, chemistry or GIS, or in business related fields such as accounting. However, other minors are equally valuable, including Art, English, Music, and particularly Criminal Justice, given the connected world in which we live and the need to protect our systems and ourselves from digital crime.

Student Organizations

Sam Houston Association of Computer Scientists - The club sponsors fieldtrips, campus visits by guest speakers and occasional student/faculty outings.

Internships

The Computer Science department does not operate internships as part of its degree program.

Scholarships

The Department of Computer Science offers the following scholarships:

  • The Computer Science Scholarship: awarded to full-time undergraduate students working toward a degree in Computer Science and with an overall GPA above 3.0.
  • The Johnny Cook Kelly Memorial Scholarship: awarded to undergraduate computer science majors with a preference given to students from Walker County.
  • The Mohamed Ahmed Noman Scholarship: awarded to full time undergraduate students working toward a degree in Computer Science.

Each of these scholarships requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and registration in courses leading to a degree in Computer Science. Other criteria are also pertinent to individual scholarships. More information can be obtained through the department.

Program Specific Requirements

The baccalaureate degree in Computer Science has the following program specific requirements:

Mathematics: 15-17 hours (6 upper level).
The specific requirements are: MTH 143 jMATH 1420> or MTH 295 <MATH 2395>, MTH 379 /STA 379 <MATH 3379/STAT 3379> and 3 hrs. Advanced MTH <MATH>/STA <STAT>. The math sequence MTH 1420/1430 is essential for students interested in aerospace and engineering disciplines.

Science: 16 hours.
The specific requirements are: two 4-hour labs (3 hours lecture + 1 hour lab) in each of the two sciences.

Curriculum

The Computing Science major requires a total of 44 hours of Computer Science coursework. General degree requirements must also be met. The 44 hours of coursework for the Computer Science major should be distributed as follows (Note: CTE courses may not be used to meet this requirement):

 

Bachelor of Science
Major in Computing Science (CS)
REQUIRED COURSES: CS 146 <COSC 1436>,  147 <1437>, 272 <2329>, 334 <3318>, 302 <3319>, 437 <4319>, 452 <4318>, DF 492 <COSC 4349> 26 hrs.
Students are expected to select an emphasis from one of the following concentrations:
Computer Science: CS 278 <COSC 2347> ("C or better"), 336 <3337>, 430 <4316>,  431 <4327>, 6 additional hours of CS <COSC>/DF <DFSC> 18 hrs.
Information Systems: CS 278 <COSC 2347> (COBOL), 234 <2327>, 336 <3337>, 431 <4326>, 6 additional hours of CS <COSC> 18 hrs.
Information Assurance: DF 138 <DFSC 1317>, CS 278 <COSC 2347> (C or better), DF <DFSC> XXX <2347>, 291 <2317>, 391 <3317>, 491 <4317>, 3 additional hours of CS <COSC> or DF <DFSC> 18 hrs.
The total must include a minimum of 21 advanced hours: Total 44 hrs.

 

COSC 4327 is recommended for students electing to complete the Information Systems concentration. Computer Science and Information Assurance tracks require CS 278 <COSC 2347> (C or better). Information Systems tracks require CS 278 <COSC 2347> (COBOL).

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Science - Major in Computer Science (CS)

SHSU Course Number

Hours

Recommended Sequence

Core Curriculum

Component Area I (Communication)
ENG 164 <ENGL 1301> and ENG 165 <ENGL 1302>

6

Freshman

Component Area II (Mathematics)1

3

See Degree Specific Requirements

Component Area III (Natural Sciences)

8

See Degree Specific Requirements

Component Area IV (Visual/Performing Arts)

3

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Cultural Studies)

3

Junior

Component Area IV (Literature or PHL)

3

Senior

Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

HIS 163 <HIST 1301>, HIS 164 <HIST 1302>

6

Freshman, Sophomore

POL 261 <POLS 2301>, 200-level POL <2000-level POLS>

6

Junior

Social Sciences

3

Senior

Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) KIN 215 <KINE 2115>

1

Freshman

Degree Specific Requirements

MTH 142 <MATH 1420>1, MTH 143 <MATH 1430>

8

Freshman

MTH 295 <MATH 2395>

3

Sophomore

MTH 379 <MATH 3379>

3

Junior

3 ADV MTH <MATH> hours

3

Senior

SCIENCE 1 (8hrs), SCIENCE 2 (8hrs)

16

Sophomore, Junior

Major Core

CS 146 <COSC 1436>

4

Freshman

CS 147 <COSC 1437>

4

Freshman

CS 272 <COSC 2329>

3

Sophomore

CS 334 <COSC 3318>

3

Sophomore

CS 362 <COSC 3319>

3

Junior

CS 437 <COSC 4319>

3

Senior

CS 482 <COSC 4318>

3

Senior

DF 492 <COSC 4349>

3

Senior

Major

CS 278 <COSC 2347>

3

Sophomore

CS 333 <COSC 3327>

3

Junior

CS 430 <COSC 4316>

3

Junior

CS 431 <COSC 4327>

3

Senior

CS <COSC> Electives

6

Electives

Electives

12

Total Hours: 120

Note:
1 MTH 142 <MATH 1420> satisfies the requirement for Component Area II and the degree specific equirement.

The minimum number of credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree is 120. The minimum number of advanced credit hours for a baccalaureate degree is 42. Students may take free elective courses beyond the hours identified in the recommended 4-year plan to meet the overall credit hour and advanced credit hour requirements.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Science - Major in Computer Science (IS)

SHSU Course Number

Hours

Recommended Sequence

Core Curriculum

Component Area I (Communication)
ENG 164 <ENGL 1301>
and ENG 165 <ENGL 1302>

6

Freshman

Component Area II (Mathematics)1

3

See Degree Specific Requirements

Component Area III (Natural Sciences)2

8

See Degree Specific Requirements

Component Area IV (Visual/Performing Arts)

3

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Cultural Studies)

3

Junior

Component Area IV (Literature or PHL)

3

Senior

Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

HIS 163 <HIST 1301>, HIS 164 <HIST 1302>

6

Freshman, Sophomore

POL 261 <POLS 2301>, 200-level POL <2000-level POLS>

6

Junior

Social Sciences

3

Senior

Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option)
KIN 215 <KINE 2115>

1

Freshman

Degree Specific Requirements

MTH 142 <MATH 1420>1, MTH 143 <MATH 1430>

8

Freshman

MTH 295 <MATH 2395>

3

Sophomore

MTH 379 <MATH 3379>

3

Junior

3 ADV MTH <MATH> hours

3

Senior

SCIENCE 1 (8 hrs), SCIENCE 2 (8 hrs)2

16

Sophomore, Junior

Major Core

CS 146 <COSC 1436>

4

Freshman

CS 147 <COSC 1437>

4

Freshman

CS 272 <COSC 2329>

3

Sophomore

CS 334 <COSC 3318>

3

Sophomore

CS 362 <COSC 3319>

3

Junior

CS 437 <COSC 4319>

3

Senior

CS 482 <COSC 4318>

3

Senior

DF 492 <COSC 4349>

3

Senior

Major

CS 278 <COSC 2347>

3

Sophomore

CS 234 <COSC 2327>

3

Junior

CS 336 <COSC 3337>

3

Junior

CS 463 <COSC 4326>

3

Senior

CS <COSC> Electives

6

Junior

General Electives

12

Total Hours: 120

Note:
1 MTH 142 <MATH 1420> satisfies the requirement for Component Area II and the degree specific equirement.

2 8 hours of science satisfies the requirement for Component Area III and the degree specific requirement.

The minimum number of credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree is 120. The minimum number of advanced credit hours for a baccalaureate degree is 42. Students may take free elective courses beyond the hours identified in the recommended 4-year plan to meet the overall credit hour and advanced credit hour requirements.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Science - Major in Computer Science (IA)

SHSU Course Number

Hours

Recommended Sequence

Core Curriculum

Component Area I (Communication)
ENG 164 <ENGL 1301>
and ENG 165 <ENGL 1302>

6

Freshman

Component Area II (Mathematics)1

3

See Degree Specific Requirements

Component Area III (Natural Sciences)2

8

See Degree Specific Requirements

Component Area IV (Visual/Performing Arts)

3

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Cultural Studies)

3

Junior

Component Area IV (Literature or PHL)

3

Senior

Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

HIS 163 <HIST 1301>, HIS 164 <HIST 1302>

6

Freshman, Sophomore

POL 261 <POLS 2301>, 200-level POL <2000-level POLS>

6

Junior

Social Sciences

3

Senior

Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option)
KIN 215 <KINE 2115>

1

Freshman

Degree Specific Requirements

MTH 142 <MATH 1420>1, MTH 143 <MATH 1430>

8

Freshman

MTH 295 <MATH 2395>

3

Sophomore

MTH 379 <MATH 3379>

3

Junior

3 ADV MTH <MATH> hours

3

Senior

SCIENCE 1 (8 hrs), SCIENCE 2 (8 hrs)2

16

Sophomore, Junior

Major Core

CS 146 <COSC 1436>

4

Freshman

CS 147 <COSC 1437>

4

Freshman

CS 272 <COSC 2329>

3

Sophomore

CS 334 <COSC 3318>

3

Sophomore

CS 362 <COSC 3319>

3

Junior

CS 437 <COSC 4319>

3

Senior

CS 482 <COSC 4318>

3

Senior

DF 492 <COSC 4349>

3

Senior

Major

DF 138 <COSC 1317>

3

Freshman

CS 278 <COSC 2347>

3

Sophomore

DF 291 <DFSC 2317>

3

Sophomore

DF 391 <DFSC 3317>

3

Junior

DF 491 <DFSC 4317>

3

Senior

CS <COSC> Electives

3

Sophomore/Junior

General Electives

9

Total Hours: 120

Note:
1
MTH 142 <MATH 1420> satisfies the requirement for Component Area II and the degree specific equirement.

2 8 hours of science satisfies the requirement for Component Area III and the degree specific requirement.

The minimum number of credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree is 120. The minimum number of advanced credit hours for a baccalaureate degree is 42. Students may take free elective courses beyond the hours identified in the recommended 4-year plan to meet the overall credit hour and advanced credit hour requirements.

Students with extensive high school programming experience may elect to begin a major or minor program with CS 147 <COSC 1437> or CS 272 <COSC 2329>.

Students who have taken the advanced placement computer science examination may be eligible for credit for CS 146 <COSC 1436> and CS 147 <COSC 1437>.

Minor in Computer Science

A Computer Science Minor consists of 21 or more hours of Computer Science coursework of which at least 9 hours must be advanced. Two recommended minor plans are shown here. Modifications may be made to meet individual student needs as approved by the Computer Science Department Chair. Individualized minor plans are available for students seeking a Computer Science minor for Certification.

Computer Science Minor:

Students will select an emphasis from one of the following tracks:

Computer Science Minor
Information Systems: CS 146 <COSC 1436>, 278 <2347> (COBOL), 234 <2327>, 334 <3318>, 373 <3331>, 336 <3337>, 430 <4326> 22 hrs.
Computer Sciences: CS 146 <COSC 1436>, 147 <1437> 272 <2329>, 278 <2347> ("C"), 333 <3327>, 334 <3318>, CS <COSC> (Advanced) 3 hrs 23 hrs.
Information Assurance: CS 146 <COSC 1436>, 234 <2327>, DF 138 <DFSC 1317>291 <2317>, 391 <3317>, 491 <4317>, DF <DFSC>/CS <COSC> (Advanced) 3 hrs 22 hrs.

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