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SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
 

Dean: David L. Feinstein (251) 460-6390

Director, CIS Graduate Studies: R. J. Daigle
Coordinators: Daigle (ISC), Doran (CSC), Owen (ITE)
Professors: Daigle, Doran, Feinstein, Longenecker
Associate Professors: Hain, Langan, Pardue
Assistant Professors: Johnsten, Landry, Moulton, Owen, Simmons, Sweeney, Zhou
Instructors: Black, Chapman, Clark, Denton, Hebert, Johnson, McKinney, Ward
 
School of Computer and Information Sciences web site
http://www.cis.usouthal.edu
 
The School of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) provides a stimulating curriculum which includes a variety of courses for students in many disciplines, as well as for citizens in the business and industrial community.
 
MISSION STATEMENT
The School Mission Statement states:

The School of Computer and Information Sciences prepares graduates who are professionally competent, motivated to lifelong learning, and demonstrate ethical behavior in the computing sciences.

The School of Computer and Information Sciences provides an atmosphere for faculty to demonstrate research and teaching excellence.
The School of Computer and Information Sciences provides service in the computing sciences to our community and discipline.
 
CIS MAJORS
CIS majors must elect course work in one of three areas of specialization:
1. Computer Science (CSC)
2. Information Systems (ISC), or
3. Information Technology (ITE)
A joint program with the College of Engineering leading to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CpE) is also offered. The Computing Accreditation Commission (CSC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) has accredited the Computer Science and the Information Systems specializations.
 
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC):
Computer Science is a discipline that involves the understanding and design of computers and computational processes. In its most general form, it is concerned with the understanding of information transfer and transformation. Particular interest is placed on making processes efficient and endowing them with some form of intelligence. The discipline includes both advancing the fundamental understanding of algorithms and information processes in general, as well as the practical design of efficient, reliable software to meet given specifications.
 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC):
Computer-based information systems have become a critical part of products, services, and management of organizations. The Information Systems discipline centers on the development of systems that will improve the performance of people in organizations. Information systems are vital to problem identification, analysis, and decision making at all levels of management. Information Systems professionals must analyze the evolving role of information and organizational processes. Their work includes the design, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today’s global economy.
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ITE):
Information technology professionals utilize state-of-the-art, computer-based tools to deliver today’s rapidly evolving computing technology to knowledge workers in widely diverse situations. The information technologist must be prepared to work in the complex network and World-Wide-Web environments to meet the needs of the end users in today’s organizations. These tasks require bringing solutions together using the different technologies developed by the computer engineers, computer scientists, and information scientists.
 
ADMISSION TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM AND COURSES
Admission to the University of South Alabama constitutes admission to the School.
 
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
Candidates for this degree must complete one of the three specializations: Computer Science, Information Systems, or Information Technology. Under special circumstances, and with approval of the Dean, a student may select a unique specialization in which the general Philosophy and requirements of the program are not violated.
All undergraduate students in the School of Computer and Information Sciences must comply with the University's general education requirements, see Academic Policies and Procedures. Although these requirements are not specifically organized according to the four general education areas, each of the specializations, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology, incorporates the general education requirements within the published programs.
In addition to an overall grade-point average of 2.0, all courses in the major, including Professional Component courses and prerequisites, must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” Any course taken at the University of South Alabama with a grade of “D” or “F” may be retaken only at the University of South Alabama.
Any courses taken at another institution to meet degree requirements must have prior approval of the School of Computer and Information Sciences Dean. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of transfer credit for the course work.
 
COMPUTER OWNERSHIP POLICY
All students enrolling in any undergraduate or graduate courses except for CIS 110, CIS 150, CIS 250, and CIS 227, are required to own a personal laptop computer system that conforms to the current School minimum published standards. This is a one-student one-machine requirement. Consult the School of Computer and Information Sciences web site at www.cis.usouthal.edu for current standards.
 
TRANSFER STUDENTS
Transfer students must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours of work at the 300-level or above at this University, in courses in their specialization. Students who receive credit for CIS 110, Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences are required to take CIS 100, Information Technology in Society.
 
FIVE-YEAR COMBINED BACHELORS AND MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS
Qualified students may enroll in a program that results in both a bachelors degree and a masters degree. Students in this program will normally complete the B.S. degree in four (4) years and complete the M.S. Degree in one (1) additional calendar year. Admission to the program is competitive. Students must apply in the second semester of their junior year. Minimum requirements are a 3.25 GPA and a composite score of 1100 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with neither score below 400. Financial aid is available to students admitted to the program.
 
CHOICE OF CATALOGUE UNDER WHICH A STUDENT GRADUATES
Students entering the CIS program may choose any catalogue from their entry date to their time of graduation. This applies for entering freshmen and transfer students. Students at the University of South Alabama changing their specialization in CIS, changing their major to CIS or who interrupt their program for more than one calendar year are considered new students with respect to catalogue selection.
 
PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
Upper division courses require Professional Component Standing (PCS). These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” and are designated by the symbol PC for each specialization.
 
PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
A proficiency examination is administered by the School of Computer and Information Sciences for placement in 250.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPUTER SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION (CSC)
1. COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
EH 101 *English Composition I
 
PC
EH 102 English Composition II
 
PC
CA 110 Public Speaking
 
PC
CA 275 Small Group   Communications And
    EH 372 Technical Writing
2. THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music and Philosophy,
 
b.
one course from Literature,
 
c.
one additional course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature, And
 
d.
PC PHL 121- Introduction to Logic
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as enumerated here.
3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
 
Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as enumerated here.
4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Sixteen (16) credit hours are required. Complete one of the following sequences and two additional courses from the sequences:
 
A.
PH 201 Cal-Based Physics I and
 
PH 202 Cal-Based Physics II.
 
B.
CH 131 Chemistry I and
 
CH 132 Chemistry II.
 
C.
GY 111 Geology I and
 
GY 112 Geology II.
 
D.
BLY 121 Biology I and
 
BLY 122 Biology II.
 
E.
MET 341 Climatology and
 
MET 353 General Meteorology.
 
Or    
 
F.
Advanced courses beyond the sequences.
5. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS’
  Seventeen (17) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
MA 125 Calculus I
 
PC
MA 126 Calculus II
 
PC
MA 267 Discrete Math
    Or  
 
PC
MA 367 Combinatorial Enumeration, and
    ST 315 Statistics
  Three (3) additional hours from the approved math minor courses.
6. CORE COURSES - Forty-six (46) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS 110 Intro to Computer & Info  Science
 
PC
CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS 121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
 
PC
CIS 230 Adv Data and File  Structures
 
PC
CIS 231 Software Engineering  Prin
 
PC
CSC 228 Digital Logic and Comp Architecture
    CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
    CIS 322 Operating Systems
    CIS 324 Database Design,Development, & Management
    CIS 497 Senior Project I (W)
    CIS 498 Senior Project II (W)
    CSC 320 Computer Organization  and Architecture
    CSC 333 Program Language Theory  (W)
    CSC 432 Perform Eval of  Algorithms
      And  
    CSC 434 Formal Language and  Automata Theory
7. CIS ELECTIVES - Nine (9) credit hours are required. Select any three (3) of the following courses:
 
CSC 410 Compiler Design & Const
 
CSC 411 Comm & Network Analysis
 
CSC 412 Real-Time Systems
 
CSC 413 Computer Graphics
 
CSC 414 Modeling and Simulation
 
CSC 415 Numerical Analysis
 
CSC 433 Artificial intelligence
 
CIS 439 Windows Programming
 
ITE 474 Human Computer  Interface
8.
GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128 semester - hour requirement.
   
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
 
Computer Science Specialization
Fall Spring
CIS 110 CA 110
CIS 120 CIS 121
MA 125 MA 126
EH 101* EH 102
Natural Science Natural Science
*Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIZATION (ISC)
1.
COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
EH 101 *English Composition I
 
PC
EH 102 English Composition II
 
PC
CA 110 Public Speaking
 
PC
CA 275 Small Group  Communications
 
  And  
 
EH 372 Technical Writing
2.
THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Nine (9) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music and Philosophy,
 
b.
one course from Literature,
 
  And  
 
c.
PC
PHL 121 Introduction to Logic
3.
THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Six (6) credit hours are required from History forming a History sequence as enumerated here.
4.
THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours are required from approved areas: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography 101, 102.
5.
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:
 
A.
PC
MA 120 Calculus & its Applications
      Or    
   
PC
MA 267 Discrete Mathematical Structures
      And    
 
B.
one course from  
   
PC
ST 210 Statistical Reasoning
   
PC
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
      And    
 
C.
one course from  
   
PC
BUS 255 Applied Business  Statistics II
   
PC
ST 310 Statistical Research Techniques
   
PC
ST 340 Design and Analysis  of Experiments
6.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENT - Twenty-four (24) credit hours are required as follows:
 
A.
Fifteen (15) credit hours of required Business/Management courses
 
PC
ACC 211 Accounting Principles I
 
PC
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
   
PC
ECO 216 Principles of Macroeconomics
 
MGT 300 Management Theory  & Practice
 
MGT 340 Organizational  Behavior
 
    And
 
B.
Nine (9) credit hours of approved Business/Management courses.
7.
CORE COURSES - Fifty (50) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS
110 Intro to Computer  Information Science
 
PC
CIS
120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS
121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
 
PC
ISC
245 Info Systems in Organizations
 
PC
ITE
285 Scripting and Windows Programming
 
PC
CIS
231 Software Engineering  Prin
 
PC
ITE 272 Introduction to Information Technology II
   
CIS
321 Data Communications and Networking
   
CIS
324 Database Design, Development, and Management
   
ISC
459 Info Systems Applications Design & Implementation
   
ISC
360 Info Systems Analysis and Design (W)
   
ISC
361 Database for Info Systems
   
ISC
362 Information Systems Object-oriented Analysis & Design
   
ITE
474 Human/Computer Interface
   
CIS
497 Senior Project I (W)
        AND
    CIS 498 Senior Project II (W)
8.
CIS ELECTIVES - Nine (9) credit hours of approved concentration electives are required. The following groups have been approved as concentration elective groups:
 
A.
Group I:
   
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
ITE
382 Network Administration
ITE
384 Network Infrastructure
    ITE 475 IT Project Management
ITE
476 Network Security Management
ITE
484 Advanced Network Management
 
B.
Group II:
 
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
370 Advanced Application  Development
 
ITE
472 Advanced Data  Management
    ITE 475 IT Project Management
 
ISC
457 Data Warehousing & Decision Support
 
ISC
463 Info Systems DBA and  Security
 
C.
Group III:
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
375 Publishing for the World  Wide Web
 
ITE
453 Web Site Management
    ITE 475 IT Project Management
 
ITE
482 ITE E-Commerce Systems
         
9.
GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128-semester-hour requirements.
         
 
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Systems Specialization
Fall Spring
CIS 110 CA 110
CIS 120 CIS 121
EH 101* EH 102
ACC 211 ACC 212
PHL 121 MA 120
*Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
   
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION (ITE)
1.
COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
EH
101 *English Composition I
 
PC
EH
102 English Composition II
 
PC
CA
110 Public Speaking
 
PC
CA
275 Small Group Discussion
 
And
   
 
EH
372 Technical Writing
2.
THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music and Philosophy,
 
b.
one course from Literature,
 
c.
two additional courses from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature,
    And    
 
d.
PC
PHL 121 Introduction to Logic
   
 
Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as it is enumerated here.
3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as it is enumerated here.
4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours are required.
  Complete one of the following sequences:
 
A.
PH 114 Non-Calculus-Based Physics I, and
    PH 115 Non-Calculus-Based Physics II
 
B.
PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I, and
 
PH 202 Calculus-Based Physics II
 
C.
BLY 101 Life Science I and
 
BLY 102 Life Science II
 
D.
BLY 121 General Biology I and
 
BLY 122 General Biology II
 
E.
CH 131 General Chemistry I, and
 
CH 132 General Chemistry II
 
F.
GY 111 Earth Materials and
 
GY 112 Earth History
 
G.
GEO 101 Atmospheric Processes and
    GEO 102 Landscape Processes and Patterns
5.
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
MA 267 Discrete Mathematical Structures
 
PC
ST 210 Statistical Reasoning
      Or  
 
PC
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
      And  
 
PC
BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II
      Or  
    ST 310 Statistical Research Techniques
      Or  
    ST 340 Design and Analysis of Experiments
6. CORE COURSES - Forty-nine (49) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer  and Information  Sciences
 
PC
CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS 121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
    CIS 321 Data Communications
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, & Management
    CIS 497 Senior Project I (W)
    CIS 498 Senior Project II (W)
 
PC
ITE 271 Intro to Information Tech I
 
PC
ITE 272 Intro to Information Tech II
 
PC
ITE 285 Scripting and Windows Prog
    ITE 370 Advanced Application Dev
    ITE 382 Network Administration
    ITE 474 Human Computer  Interface
    ITE 475 IT Project Management
    ITE 480 Needs Assessment and Technology Evaluation  (W)
      And  
    ITE 485 Senior Demonstration Project
7. ITE ELECTIVES - Eighteen (18) credit hours are required. Students complete one of the following Focus Tracks consisting of nine (9) hours of specified courses and nine (9) hours of approved specialization support electives:
 
A.
Data Management:
    ISE or ITE Elective
    ITE 472 Adv Data Management
    CIS 230 Adv Data & File  Structures
 
B.
Web Publishing:
    ITE 375 Publishing for the World  Wide Web
    ITE 453 Web Site Management
    ITE 380 Multimedia Production
 
C.
Networking:
    ITE 384 Network Infrastructure Systems
    ITE 476 Network Security Management
    ITE 484 Advanced Network Management
  Specialization Support Electives - Nine (9) credit hours are required. Support electives are designed to further refine and develop a set of focused skills. Support electives generally add the following types of skills to the focus track: communications, e-commerce, or business. Support electives require approval of advisor/ coordinator.
8. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128 semester-hour-requirements.
   
 
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Technology Specialization
Fall Spring
EH 101* EH 102
CIS 110 PHL 121
MA 112 MA 120
CIS 120 CIS 121
Fine Art Elective CA 110
   
  *Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
   
  REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
  Students wishing to obtain a minor in CIS must complete one (1) of the following two (2) options with a minimum grade of "C" in each course:
  1. Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Option*
    CIS 110 Introduction to Computer  and Information  Sciences
 
PC
CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS 121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
    CIS 230 Adv Data & File  Structures
    CIS 231 Software Engineering  Principles
    CIS 321 Data Comm and  Networking
      And  
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management
      Or  
  2. Information Technology (ITE) Option*
    CIS 110 Introduction to Computer  and Information  Sciences
    CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
    ITE 271 Intro to Information  Technology I
    ITE 285 Scripting & Windows  Prog
    CIS 321 Data Comm and  Networking
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management
      And  
    One (1) of the following:
    CIS 250 Advanced Computer Applications
    ITE 272 Intro to Information Technology II
 
* An E-commerce major who wishes to earn a minor in the School of Computer and Information Sciences must see the ITE coordinator to prepare a special minor plan.
 
Click here for information about the CIS Graduate Program.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES COURSES:
 
 
 
 
 


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