PEAK Minors

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The study of computing requires a creative imagination and develops analytical and problem-solving skills that are applicable in a wide range of academic and professional careers. The Computer Studies minor provides students with the academic background necessary to understand the applications of computing and information theory in solving scientific problems, both every day and professional. It also builds familiarity with concepts and technologies of computer science that have become an integral part of virtually every profession. In keeping with the interdisciplinary spirit of the field, minors in Computer Studies complete coursework in the natural sciences and mathematics. Students should recognize that an ability to acquire and use mathematical tools is an assumed part of this minor.

The Computer Studies minor is an excellent complement to majors not always thought of as allied to computer science such as political economy, business, or psychology, since these are increasingly concerned with very large sets of data.

Computer Studies Minor

18-20 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

MAT-150 or
MAT-175

Applied Calculus
Single-Variable Calculus

4

CSC-150

Computer Science I

4

CSC-152

Computer Science II

4

CSC-270

Applied Databases

3

Complete 3-5 credits from the following:

BIO-102

Biology of Human Disease and Laboratory

4

BIO-201 or
BIO-210

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory or
Molecules to Cells and Integrated Laboratory Research

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

CHE-124

Forensic Science and Laboratory

3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

ENV-160

Environmental Science and Laboratory

4

PHY-230

Digital Electronics

3

PHY-231

General Physics I and Laboratory

4

PHY-232

General Physics II and Laboratory

4

PHY-271

Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

5

PHY-272

Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

5

Notes

Students who wish to enhance their understanding of the foundations of computer science or to prepare for careers more closely related to the field should consider the following additional courses:

CSC-340 Design and Analysis of Algorithms

MAT-212 Advanced Statistical Methods

MAT-252 Discrete Mathematics

MAT-361 Linear Algebra