Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Computing, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Information Technology - 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 - Information Technology, 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


Rock Studies Requirements43
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 Sciences 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
or MIS 300 Challenges of Computer Technology
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
Information Technology Core Courses
CPSC 217Structured and Dynamic Web Programming 13
CPSC 317Scripting Languages 13
CPSC 337Intoduction to Web Graphics 13
CPSC 427Interface Design 13
ART 114Basic Studio Digital Media 13
Information Technology Electives
Select two courses in sequence from one of the following areas:6
Intermediate Studio Digital Media 1
Advanced Studio Digital Media 1
Organizational Behavior 1
Any MGMT course 300 level or above 1
Principles of Marketing 1
Any MRKT course 300 level or above 1
Information Technology Electives
Select two additional courses from the following (one must be 300 level or above):6
3D Modeling for Computing 1
Cross-Platform Mobile App 1
Selected Computer Languages 1
Advanced Programming Principles 1
Practical Computer Security 1
Practical Computer Security
Computer Gadget Project 1
Introduction to Computer Forensics 1
Introduction to Computer Forensics
Data Mining & Analysis 1
Data Visualization 1
Advanced Web Technologies 1
Internship 1
Project Management 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

Concentration in Information Technology (643C)
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

Recommended Rock Studies 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 217 Structured and Dynamic Web Programming 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
SCI 101 Science of Life (or IT Elective) 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
CPSC 323 Fundamentals of Database Systems 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
ART 114 Basic Studio Digital Media 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Third Year
CPSC 311 Discrete Computational Structures 3
CPSC 300 Challenges of Computer Technology 3
CPSC 317 Scripting Languages 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
CPSC 327 Administration and Security 3
Select one of the following: 3
Intermediate Studio Digital Media  
Organizational Behavior  
Principles of Marketing  
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
CPSC 423 Computer Networks 3
CPSC 337 Intoduction to Web Graphics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Advanced Studio Digital Media  
Management 300/400 level elective
MRKT 300/400 level elective
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
CPSC 427 Interface Design 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
IT Elective or Free Elective 3
 Total Hours**122

IT Elective Courses

CPSC 1253D Modeling for Computing3
CPSC 215Cross-Platform Mobile App3
CPSC 236Selected Computer Languages3
CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles3
CPSC 301Practical Computer Security3
CPSC 315Computer Gadget Project3
CPSC 333Introduction to Computer Forensics3
CPSC 405Data Mining & Analysis3
CPSC 406Data Visualization3
CPSC 417Advanced Web Technologies3
CPSC 450Internship3
MIS 443Project Management3

Major Code: 6420
Concentration Code: 643C
Revised Date: 11.13.20

** 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.