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  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Computer Science, BA Major in


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The BA major in computer science program has two tracks: general (I) and individual (II).

The general track follows the traditional computer science curriculum. The individual track allows for a partially individualized program of study in which a student would take, with the same computer science faculty member, 9 s.h. of independent study/senior design courses designed to accommodate the interests of both student and faculty member. Apart from the difference in the 9 s.h. of individualized study, the two tracks are identical. Note that there is a single BA degree program; no separate designation for the individual track will appear on the student’s transcript.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the BA in computer science program will:

  1. Advance in graduate studies or be successful practitioners in applied or theoretical fields;
  2. Apply communication and organizational skills in the context of ethical issues affecting the discipline or society;
  3. Think critically and creatively to solve local or global problems and become lifelong learners and contributors to society;
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to solve problems effectively and efficiently and to advance computer science in applied areas.

General Track (I) Program Requirements


Candidates for graduation must complete computer science requirements, mathematics and natural science requirements, and the general BA degree requirements. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses required for the major. An overall average of C or better is required in CSC 014 , 015 , 016 , and 024  for continuation in the major. In addition, a student may not take any of these four courses more than twice.

General Track (I) Computer Science Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 39


39 semester hours (27 semester hours in required courses and 12 semester hours in computer science electives). The required computer science courses include CSC 014 , 015 , 016  017 , 024 , 110 , 112 , 120  or 161  and 163 . The 12 s.h. in computer science electives must be in courses numbered higher than 100. Freshmen are encouraged to take the first-year seminars,  CSC 014F  and 014S , when offered.

Individual Track (II) Program Requirements


Candidates for graduation must complete computer science requirements, mathematics and natural science requirements, and the general BA degree requirements. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses required for the major. An overall average of C or better is required in CSC 014 , 015  and 016 , for continuation in the major. In addition, a student may not take any of these four courses more than twice.

Individual Track (II) Computer Science Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 39


39 semester hours (30 semester hours in required courses and 9 semester hours in computer science electives). The required computer science courses include CSC 014 , 015 , 016 , 017 110 , 112 , 143 A-Z  (3 s.h.), 144 A-Z  (3 s.h.), 163 , and senior design research sequence 197A and 197B (each 1 s.h.), and senior seminar sequence 198F and 198S (each 0.5 s.h.). The 9 semester hours in computer science electives must be in courses numbered higher than 100, excluding CSC 194. Freshmen are encouraged to take the first-year seminars, CSC 014F  and 014S , when offered.

CSC 143 A-Z  and 144 A-Z , 197A  and 197B  allow students to find a mentor and build a lasting relationship with a faculty member. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Hofstra professor and explore advanced and exciting computing areas that are not covered in traditional courses, or to tailor their BA computing degree to their individual interdisciplinary interests and relate them to computing. The individualized program must be coordinated and approved by the BA program director.

Mathematics Requirement for Both Tracks


Natural Science Requirements For Both Tracks


12 semester hours, to include one two-semester sequence of science with laboratories (PHYS 001A  & 001B  and PHYS 002A  & 002B , or PHYS 011A  & 011B  and PHYS 012A  & 012B , or CHEM 003A  & 003B  and 004A  & 004B , or BIO 011  and 012 ), and at least one 3-semester-hour science course.

Oral Communication For Both Tracks


All candidates for both tracks for the BA major in Computer Science are required to take, in partial fulfillment of the humanities distribution requirement and in fulfillment of the departmental oral communication requirement, either RHET 001  or 007 .

For both tracks, see BA Requirements


BA Requirements  

OLIC & CLIC



Option in Leadership and Innovation in Computing (OLIC)


Like the Concentration in Leadership and Innovation in Computing (CLIC) , the option targets students who are interested in pursuing innovations in the computing field that can have an impact on society. Through an intensive, 9-semester-hour program, students in the option will be taught to identify and pursue innovative entrepreneurship opportunities in high-technology computing areas, to develop basic skills needed to start their own company or to work for a start-up company, and to work effectively in globally distributed teams. This option is particularly suited for Computer Engineering students whose program permits only a limited number of free electives. The option does not include the business courses offered by the Zarb School of Business that are part of the concentration.

Students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering who have successfully completed CSC 014 , 015  and 016  , and have an overall average of at least C in these courses, are eligible to declare the option. If interested, they should speak with the program coordinator prior to declaring the option.

OLIC Requirements - Semester Hours: 9


1. Major requirements


All the requirements for the major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

2. CSC 194 - Semester Hours: 3


3. CSC 195 - Semester Hours: 3


4. Senior Requirements


(a) Senior Design Project - Semester Hours: 2


(b) Two senior seminar courses - Semester Hours: 1


  • CSC 198F - Senior Seminar Semester Hours: .5
  • CSC 198S - Senior Seminar Semester Hours: .5
  • to be paired with the Independent Senior Design courses: in one semester a student must take simultaneously an Independent Senior Design Course and a Senior Seminar course. Interested students will have the opportunity to work in globally distributed teams.

5. Grade requirement


All courses in the option must be taken with a grade of C- or better.


Concentration in Leadership and Innovation in Computing (CLIC)


This concentration targets students who are interested in pursuing innovations in the computing field that can have an impact on society, who want to bridge their technical degree with business, and who are motivated to further increase their knowledge of the entrepreneurship and business functions of the computing industry. Students will be taught to identify and pursue innovative entrepreneurship opportunities in high-tech computing areas, to understand the computing business environment and the roles of core business divisions (such as marketing and accounting), to integrate entrepreneurial and computing skills, and to work effectively in globally distributed teams.

Students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, who have successfully completed CSC 014 , 015 , and 016  and have an overall average of at least C in these courses, are eligible to declare the concentration. If interested, they should speak with the program coordinator prior to declaring the concentration.

CLIC Requirements - Semester Hours: 18


1. Major Requirements


All the requirements for the major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

2. The following four courses offered by the Zarb School of Business*:


3. Internship in Computer Science and Computer Engineering - Semester Hours: 3


4. Senior Requirements


A. Senior Design Project


A two-semester Independent Senior Design Project sequence (2 s.h.) as follows:

B. Two Senior Seminar Courses


  • CSC 198F - Senior Seminar Semester Hours: .5
  • CSC 198S - Senior Seminar Semester Hours: .5
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    NOTE: to be paired with the Independent Senior Design course. In both semesters students must take simultaneously an Independent Senior Design Course and a Senior Seminar course. Interested students will have the opportunity to work on globally distributed teams.

5. Grade requirement


All courses in the concentration must be taken with a grade of C- or better.

Footnotes (*/**/***)


*Non-business majors may take no more than 25 percent of their course work in business subjects.

**IT 014 , usually a prerequisite for ENTR 120  and ACCT 101 , is waived for Computer Science students enrolled in CLIC.

***Note that MKT 101  is a corequisite for ENTR 120 .

Concentration in Gaming and Graphics


The Concentration in Gaming and Graphics is aimed at educating students in the design and development of video games and game engines.  This is a very exciting and growing industry. Video games have permeated all segments of population and industry from entertainment to educational. All courses in this concentration include a significant experiential component. 

Students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, who have successfully completed CSC 014 , 015 , 016 , and 017  and have an overall average of at least C in these courses, are eligible to register for this concentration.

Concentration Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 12


Semester Hours: 9


Semester Hours: 3


The remaining 3 s.h. will consist of a senior design project in a topic related to Gaming and Graphics. The senior design project consists of a two-semester or yearlong sequence, as follows:

First Semester:

Second Semester:

Concentration in Networking and Cybersecurity


The concentration in Networking and Cybersecurity is aimed at educating students in the growing field of cybersecurity.  Security of data and computer systems is one of the most important topics in today’s online world. Any application or system must have ways to prevent and protect from cyber attacks, to allow secure access and protection of data stored in distributed locations accessible online. Courses in this concentration offer a hands-on approach to learning networking, security and systems programming. All courses include a significant experiential component. 

Students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, who have successfully completed CSC 014 , 015 , 016 , and 017  and have an overall average of at least C in these courses, are eligible to complete this concentration.

Concentration Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 12


Semester Hours: 9


Chosen from the following:

Semester Hours: 3


The remaining 3 s.h. will consist of a senior design project in a topic related to Networking and Cybersecurity. The senior design project consists of a two-semester or yearlong sequence, as follows:

First Semester:

Second Semester:

Concentration in Web and Mobile Engineering


The concentration in Web and Mobile Engineering is aimed at educating students in the field of Web and mobile computer applications. This is a continually growing and changing field. Almost all computer applications must provide access on the Web and/or mobile devices. Courses in this concentration offer a hands-on approach to learning Web and mobile programming.

Students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, who have successfully completed CSC 014 , 015 , 016 , and 017  and have an overall average of at least C in these courses, are eligible to register for this concentration.

Concentration Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 12


Semester Hours: 9


Chosen from the following:

Semester Hours: 3


The remaining 3 s.h. will consist of a senior design project in a topic related to Web and Mobile Engineering. The senior design project consists of a two-semester or yearlong sequence, as follows:

First Semester:

Second Semester:

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