Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Computing, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Computer Science

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, BS Flowchart

Computing - Computer Science, BS Program Page

Computer Science Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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


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

* 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
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours43

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
CPSC 311Discrete Computational Structures 13
CPSC 323Fundamentals of Database Systems 13
CPSC 327Administration and Security 13
CPSC 423Computer Networks 13
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
Computer Science Core Courses
CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles 13
CPSC 370Computer Organization and Architecture 13
CPSC 374Algorithms and Data Structures 13
CPSC 376Programming Language and Theory 13
CPSC 474Advanced Architecture & Parallel Computing3
CPSC 476Artificial Intelligence 13
CPSC 488Software Engineering 13
Computer Science Electives
Choose one from the following:3
Advanced Web Programming 1
Selected Computer Languages 1
Mobile App Development for Smart Devices 1
Internet of Things (IoT) 1
Choose one from the following:3
Data Mining & Analysis 1
Data Visualization 1
Internship 1
Introduction to Computer Graphics 1
Analysis of Algorithms
Topics in Computer Science: Machine Learning
Big Data Analytics 1
Total Hours54

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

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

Concentration in Computer Science (642C)
This program is effective as of Fall 2021.
Revised 07.08.21
UCC 03.02.21 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CPSC 130 Introduction to Computing and Programming 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
MATH 120
Intermediate Algebra
or Science of Life
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
CPSC 146 Programming Principles 3
MATH 125 Precalculus 4
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Social Science Inquiry 3
Second Year
CPSC 207 Shell Commands and Scripting 3
CPSC 246 Advanced Programming Principles 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
SCI 101 Science of Life (or CS Elective) 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
CPSC 323 Fundamentals of Database Systems 3
CPSC 370 Computer Organization and Architecture (S) 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
Third Year
CPSC 311 Discrete Computational Structures 3
CPSC 300 Challenges of Computer Technology 3
CPSC 376 Programming Language and Theory (F) 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
CPSC 327 Administration and Security (S) 3
CPSC 374 Algorithms and Data Structures (S) 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
Fourth Year
CPSC 423 Computer Networks (F) 3
CPSC 474 Advanced Architecture & Parallel Computing (F) 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
CPSC 488 Software Engineering (S) 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
CPSC 476 Artificial Intelligence 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
Computer Science Elective or Free Elective 3 3
 Total Hours**125

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6420
Concentration: 642C
Revised date: 08.16.2021