Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Computing, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Computer Science with Concentration in Bioinformatics - Rock Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: Solve Problems by creating client/server applications that are efficient, user-friendly, and portable
    • Formulate project requirements and alternative solutions appropriate to the computing problems
    • Integrate design and implementation principles to develop effective applications
    • Perform critical analyses of the impacts of decisions based on mathematics
    • Implement computing solutions that consist of system and application software written in various programming languages
    • Create efficient, user-friendly applications appropriate to the computing problems
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Use written, oral and electronic methods for effective communication
    • Document all aspects of a system precisely and clearly
    • Use written, oral, and electronic communication to convey technical information effectively
    • Devise effective user interfaces based on the application
    • Work cooperatively in teams and with others
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: Discern and articulate the impact of technologies on society
    • Determine the economic and organizational effects of information technology on global society
    • Recognize important legal issues and demonstrate appropriate social responsibilities in information technology
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the codes of professional ethics in the information technology industry
    • Plan for and ensure the security, privacy, and integrity of data
    • Recognize the need for continuing professional development

Related Links

Computing - Computer Science Bioinformatics, BS Program Page

Computer Science Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements54
Bioinformatics Concentration Requirements18
Electives20

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 125Precalculus4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal16
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Physical and Natural Science Inquiry
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biology with Lab
General Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
Subtotal17
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours45

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 27 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 27 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Core Courses
CPSC 130Introduction to Computing and Programming 13
CPSC 146Programming Principles 13
CPSC 207Shell Commands and Scripting 13
CPSC 300Challenges of Computer Technology 13
or MIS 300 Challenges of Computer Technology
CPSC 311Discrete Computational Structures 13
CPSC 323Fundamentals of Database Systems 13
or MIS 323 Data Base Systems
CPSC 327Administration and Security 13
CPSC 423Computer Networks 13
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
Subtotal27
Computer Science Core Courses
CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles 13
CPSC 370Computer Organizatin and Architecture 13
CPSC 374Algorithms and Data Structures 13
CPSC 376Programming Language and Theory 13
CPSC 474Advanced Architecture & Parallel Computing3
CPSC 488Software Engineering 13
Subtotal18
Computer Science Electives
Select one of the following:3
Cross-Platform Mobile App 1
Structured and Dynamic Web Programming 1
Selected Computer Languages
Computer Gadget Project 1
Select one of the following:3
Data Mining & Analysis 1
Artifical Intelligence 1
Select one of the following:3
Data Visualization 1
Internship 1
Introduction to Computer Graphics 1
Analysis of Algorithms
Topics in Computer Science: Machine Learning
Big Data Analytics 1
Subtotal9
Total Hours54

Bioinformatics Concentration

CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab3
BIOL 335Cell Biology/Lab3
BIOL 370Molecular Biology with Lab3
CPSC 342Introduction to Bioinformatics3
CPSC 415Advanced Bioinformatics3
Total Hours18

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes (Learning Community, Cap-Stone Course, Semester Projects)
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Service Learning Courses
  4. Internships
  5. Volunteering (Summer Day Camps, Semester Workshops for K-12 students, Robot demos for visitors/local school districts)
  6. Industry Awareness Night

COMPUTING - BS (6420)
Concentration in Computer Science (642C)
​w/optional Concentration in Bioinformatics (644C)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 7-2019
UCC 2.5.2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions