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Computer Science Studies Concentration

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The goal of the Computer Science Studies (CSS) concentration is to produce graduates whose strong, balanced and general preparation in computer science prepares them for positions in the workplace or for graduate study. Graduates of the CSS concentration will have the analytical, experimental and professional skills needed to identify, formulate and solve scientific and technical problems throughout their careers; able to address technical, societal and ethical dimensions of computing; and have an awareness of the importance of professional and personal integrity, cultural awareness and ethical behavior in their careers. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing. It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

Concentration Requirements

Discrete Math*3 credits
Calculus 1 and 2*6 credits
Linear Algebra3 credits
Introduction to Computer Science*3 credits
Algorithm Development and Data Structures3-6 credits
Software Engineering/Software Systems Design3 credits
Networking3 credits
Database Systems3 credits
Computer Architecture/Computer organization3 credits
Electives - choose from the following examples: Compilers, Analysis of Algorithms, Survey Comparison or Programming Languages, Microprocessors, Operating Systems, or other faculty approved area.0-3 credits
Capstone - CSS 499 (Culminating course in concentration)3 credits
Co-requisite: Logic (e.g., Programming Logic, Philosophical Logic, Digital Logic and Mathematical Logic)3 credits
Co-requisite: Technical Communication3 credits

*Will not satisfy part of the upper level requirements in the concentration.

Notes: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.

Certifications: A maximum of 6 credits obtained from any certification, as approved by Charter Oak State College, may be used in the concentration.

Time Restriction: The 15 upper division credits in a computer related concentration, including the individualized concentration, must be less than seven (7) years old at the time of matriculation unless the student is employed in the computer field or has been actively pursuing formal or informal studies in the computer field. However, older courses may be used as free electives in the overall degree program.

Duplication of credit: If examinations have been passed for two or more versions of the same content or if two or more versions of the same course have been taken, credit for the most recent exam/course can be apple towards the degree. Students cannot receive credit for both passing a certification exam and for taking courses that lead to the exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Computer Science Studies will be able to:

  1. solve problems based on the application of logic and mathematics to developing, adapting and understanding algorithms and data;
  2. describe the interdependence of hardware and software;
  3. develop software programs in a contemporary, high-level language from design through implementation;
  4. explain the theoretical bases of operating systems and networks;
  5. work independently in research or development and as a member of a development team;
  6. explain the history of computing, current technology and its limitations and future directions;
  7. be competent in communicating technical information;
  8. design and implement database systems;
  9. apply principles of ethics; and
  10. demonstrate an awareness of workforce diversity, including differences in communication styles.