1998-1999 Bulletin Information


Dean: V. Gordon Moulton (460-6236)
Chair: David L. Feinstein (460-6390)
Professors: Daigle, Feinstein, Longenecker, Niccolai
Associate Professors: Doran, Langan, Walczak, Ward
Assistant Professors: Hain, Heisterkamp, Moulton, Ryder
Instructors: Kemp, Lott, Owen, Vest

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. CIS majors must elect course work in one of three areas of specialization:

1. Computer Science* (CSC),
2. Information Science (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 Computer Science specialization has been accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, Inc. (CSAB).

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 spans 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 SCIENCE (ISC):
Computer-based information systems have become a critical part of products, services, and management of organizations. The information science 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 science 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 environment 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.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING (CpE):
Computer engineers develop the logic and circuitry of computing systems to meet the ever expanding needs of the global economy. Computer engineers are concerned with the physical nature of computing. CpE professionals must be knowledgeable in the fundamental characteristics of computer hardware at the signal and logical levels. They design the individual circuits and microchips and integrate them into the products that satisfy specific hardware needs.

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 Science, 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.

In addition to an overall grade-point average of 2.0, all courses in the major, including supporting courses, 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.

Students presently enrolled in the program may not take any required courses, including supporting courses, as a transient student at any other institution.

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.

FIVE-YEAR COMBINED BACHELORS AND MASTERS DEGREES PROGRAM
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, transfer students, and students at the University of South Alabama changing their specialization in CIS or changing their major to CIS. Students who interrupt their program for more than one calendar year are considered new students with regard to catalogue selection.

PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
All 300- and 400-level courses require the Professional Component Standing (PCS). PCS is awarded after a student completes all required 100- and 200-level courses in their specialization with a grade of "C" or better. This includes courses in CIS and all required supporting courses.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPUTER SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION

1. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

2. 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 - Calculus-Based Physics I and PH - 202 - Calculus-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. Advanced courses beyond the sequences.

3. THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of four courses. Two courses must be in a Literature or History sequence.

PHL 121 - Introduction to Logic.

4. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Seventeen (17) credit hours are required as follows:
MA 125 - Calculus I,
MA 126 - Calculus II,
MA 267 - Discrete Math, and
ST 315 - Statistics.

Three (3) additional hours from the following list:

MA 238 - Differential Equations,
MA 316 - Linear Algebra, and
MA 318 - Matrix Theory.

5. COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
EH 101* - English Composition I,
EH 102 - English Composition II,
CA 110 - Public Speaking,
CA 275 - Small Group Communications, and
EH 372 - Technical Writing.

6. CORE COURSES - Forty-three (43) credit hours are required as follows:
CIS 110 - Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences,
CIS 120 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I,
CIS 121 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II,
CIS 220 - Computer Organization and Architecture,
CIS 221 - Data Communications and Networking,
CIS 222 - Operating Systems,
CIS 230 - Advanced Data and File Structures,
CIS 231 - Software Engineering Principles,
CIS 497 - Senior Project I,
CIS 498 - Senior Project II,
CSC 328 - Digital Logic and Computer Architecture,
CSC 333 - Programming Language Theory,
CSC 432 - Performance Evaluation of Algorithms, and
CSC 434 - Formal Language and Automata Theory.

7. COMPUTER SCIENCE ELECTIVES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required. Select one (1) pair of courses from two (2) of the following three (3) groups.

A. Group I:
CSC 327 - Numerical Computation II,
CSC 414 - Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 415 - Numerical Analysis,
CSC 433 - Artificial Intelligence Theory and Programming, or
CIS 324 - Database Design, Development, and Management.

B. Group II:
CSC 410 - Compiler Design and Construction,
CSC 413 - Computer Graphics,
CIS 324 - Database Design, Development, and Management, or
ITE 474 - Human Computer Interface.

C. Group III:
CSC 411 - Communications and Network Analysis,
CSC 412 - Real-Time Software Systems, or
CIS 439 - Windows Programming.

8. Students must complete an approved minor in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business and Management Studies.

9. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 130 semester hour requirement.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION

1. THE SOCIAL STUDIES - Six (6) credit hours are required from approved areas.

2. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours are required from approved areas.

3. THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Six (6) credit hours are required, from the following approved areas, consisting of two courses that form either a Literature or History sequence: Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, History, Literature, Music, and Philosophy.

4. COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
EH 101* - English Composition I,
EH 102 - English Composition II,
CA 110 - Public Speaking,
CA 275 - Small Group Communications, and
EH 372 - Technical Writing.

5. PROFESSIONAL CONCENTRATION IN BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES - Twenty-four (24) credit hours are required as follows:
ACC 211 - Accounting Principles I,
ACC 212 - Accounting Principles II,
ACC 381- Cost Accounting,
ECO 216 - Principles of Macroeconomics,
FIN 315 - Business Finance,
MGT 300 - Management Theory and Practice,
MGT 325 - Operations Management, and
MGT 340 - Organizational Behavior.

6. SUPPORTING COURSES - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
PHL 121 - Introduction to Logic (may not be used to satisfy the Fine Arts/Humanities elective),
MA 120 - Calculus & Its Applications,
ST 120 - Statistics,
BMS 250 - Quantitative Analysis, and
BMS 255 - Business Research Techniques.

7. CORE COURSES - Forty-six (46) credit hours are required as follows:
CIS 110 - Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences,
CIS 120 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I,
CIS 121 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II,
CIS 221 - Data Communications and Networking,
CIS 222 - Operating Systems,
CIS 230 - Advanced Data and File Structures,
CIS 231 - Software Engineering Principles,
CIS 497 - Senior Project I,
CIS 498 - Senior Project II,
ITE 474 - Human/Computer Interface,
ISC 350 - Information Systems in Organizations,
ISC 353 - Information Systems Applications Development,
ISC 360 - Information Systems Analysis,
ISC 361 - Database for Information Systems, and
ISC 362 - Information Systems Design.

8. ELECTIVES - Nine (9) credit hours of approved concentration electives are required. The following groups have been approved as concentration elective groups:

A. Group I:
CSC 433 - Artificial Intelligence Theory and Programming,
ISC 455 - Information Systems Decision Support, and either
CSC 414 - Modeling and Simulation or
ISC 490 - Information Systems Special Topics.

B. Group II:
ITE 370 - Advanced Database,
ITE 472 - Advanced Data Management, and either
ISC 453 - Information Systems Database Administration and Security or
ISC 490 - Information Systems Special Topics.

C. Group III:
ISC 459 - Advanced Network Design and Development,
ITE 382 - Network Administration, and either
ITE 375 - Publishing on the World Wide Web or
ISC 490 - Information Systems Special Topics.

9. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 130-semester-hour requirement.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION

1. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

2. 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. CH 131 - General Chemistry I and CH 132 - General Chemistry II.
C. GY 111 - Earth Materials and GY 112 - Earth History.
D. BLY 121 - General Biology I and BLY 122 - General Biology II.

3. THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required consisting of five courses. Two courses must be in a Literature or History sequence.

PHL 121 - Introduction to Logic.

4. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Thirteen (13) credit hours are required as follows:
MA 112 - Precalculus Algebra,
MA 120 - Calculus & Its Applications,
ST 210 - Statistical Reasoning, and
ST 310 - Statistical Research Techniques.

5. COMMUNICATION - Eighteen (18) credit hours are required as follows:
CA 110 - Public Speaking,
CA 275 - Small Group Discussion,
EH 101* - English Composition I,
EH 102 - English Composition II, and
EH 372 - Technical Writing.

6. CORE COURSES - Forty-six (46) credit hours are required as follows:CIS 110 - Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences,
CIS 120 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I,
CIS 121 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II,
CIS 221 - Data Communications and Networking,
CIS 324 - Database Design, Development, and Management,
CIS 439 - Windows Programming,
CIS 497 - Senior Project I,
CIS 498 - Senior Project II,
ITE 271 - Introduction to Information Technology I,
ITE 272 - Introduction to Information Technology II,
ITE 285 - Scripting and Windows Programming,
ITE 382 - Network Administration,
ITE 474 - Human Computer Interface,
ITE 480 - Needs Assessment and Technology Evaluation, and
ITE 485 - Senior Demonstration Project.

7. ELECTIVES - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required. Complete one of the following sequences:

A. Data Management:
ITE 370 - Advanced Databases,
ITE 472 - Advanced Data Management, and
CIS 230 - Advanced Data and File Structures.

B. Web Publishing:
ITE 375 - Publishing for the World Wide Web,
ITE 380 - Multimedia Production, and
ITE 385 - Website Management.

Specialization Support Electives - Six (6) credit hours are required. With advisor approval, students will choose support electives consistent with the chosen concentration area.

8. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 130-semester-hour requirement.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Coordinators:
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Adel Sakla (460-6117)
Computer and Information Sciences: David L. Feinstein (460-6390)

REQUIREMENTS FOR A DEGREE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING (CpE)

1. THE HUMANITIES AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Eighteen (18) credit hours comprising at least 6 courses of H/SS electives must be successfully completed. Must include PHL 121 - Introduction to Logic and PHL 324 - Symbolic Logic and at least six (6) or more credit hours in the Social Sciences. All H/SS electives must be APPROVED by the student's advisor.

2. THE NATURAL SCIENCES:
CH 131 - Chemistry I,
PH 201 - Calculus-Based Physics I, and
PH 202 - Calculus-Based Physics II.

3. COMMUNICATION:
EH 101* - English Composition I,
EH 102 - English Composition II, and
EH 372 - Technical Writing.

4. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS:
MA 125 - Calculus I,
MA 126 - Calculus II,
MA 227 - Calculus III,
MA 238 - Differential Equations,
MA 267 - Discrete Math, and
ST 315 - Statistics.

5. COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE COURSES:
CIS 120 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I,
CIS 121 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II,
CIS 221 - Data Communications and Networking,
CIS 222 - Operating Systems,
CIS 230 - Advanced Data and File Structures,
CIS 231 - Software Engineering Principles,
CSC 333 - Programming Language Theory, and
CSC 432 - Performance Evaluation of Algorithms.

6. ENGINEERING COURSES:
EG 220 - Electrical Circuits and
EG 230 - Engineering Economics.

7. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING COURSES:
EE 221 - Network Analysis,
EE 225 - Circuits & Devices Lab,
EE 263 - Digital Systems Design I,
EE 264 - Digital Systems Design II,
EE 301 - Professionalism & Ethics in EE/CpE,
EE 321 - Transform Theory of Linear Systems,
EE 331 - Electronic Devices,
EE 332 - Digital Electronics,
EE 357 - Transmission Lines Lab,
EE 368 - Digital Systems Lab,
EE 460 - Digital Computer Architecture,
EE 466 - Microprocessor Based System Design I, and
EE 467 - Microprocessor Based System Design II.

8. TECHNICAL ELECTIVES - EE technical electives must be selected from:
EE 469 - Advanced Digital System Design,
EE 465- Digital Signal Processing,
EE 440 - Introduction to VHDL, and
EE 441 - Computer Networking.

CIS technical electives must be selected from courses approved by the School of Computer and Information Sciences.

9. DESIGN - Choose one of the following sequences:
A. CIS 497 - Senior Project I and
CIS 498 - Senior Project II.
B. EE 401 - Intro to EE/CpE Design and
EE 404 - EE/CpE Design.

SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Computer Science Specialization

Fall
CIS 110
CIS 120
MA 125
EH 101*
Natural Science
Spring
PHL 121
CIS 121
MA 126
EH 102
Natural Science

Information Science Specialization

Fall
CIS 110
CIS 120
EH 101*
ACC 211
PHL 121
Spring
CIS 121
CA 110
EH 102
ACC 212
MA 120

Information Technology Specialization

Fall
EH 101*
CIS 110
MA 112
CIS 120
Fine Art Elective
Spring
EH 102
PHL 121
MA 120
CIS 121
CA 110

Computer Engineering

Fall
MA 125
CH 131
EH 101*
CIS 120
Spring
MA 126
PH 201
EH 102
CIS 121
H/SS

* Students with 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 twenty-one (21) credit hours of course work within the CIS, CSC, ISC, or ITE areas. The following courses are required:

CIS 110 - Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences,
CIS 120 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I,
CIS 121 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II, and
CIS 221 - Data Communications and Networking.

THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES PROGRAM
The Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree program is designed for students and professionals wishing to further their knowledge and expertise in computer science. There are two major areas of concentration within the degree program:

  1. Computer Science (CSC) for students interested in the theoretical aspects of the discipline with an emphasis on the construction of system software or the development of scientific applications using software engineering principles.

  2. Information Science (ISC) for students interested in business and organizational applications and information systems management.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission):

REGULAR ADMISSION
Students must satisfy either:

  1. A. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses and a minimum score of 400 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination and

    B. A minimum total of 6000 Admission points using the following formula: Admission Points = (Undergraduate GPA total x 1000) + (Combined verbal and quantitative GRE score x 3.0), or

  2. An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education may qualify the applicant for regular standing.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
Students must satisfy either:

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all undergraduate courses or a minimum GPA of 2.75 on the last 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours of college work and a minimum score of 400 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination or

  2. A minimum total of 5500 Admission points using the following formula: Admission Points = (Undergraduate GPA total on last 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours x 1000) + (Combined verbal and quantitative GRE score x 3.0).

APPLICANTS WITHOUT CIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
Applicants without undergraduate degrees in CIS may be admitted to the graduate program as specified above. In addition to the regular degree requirements, they must first satisfactorily complete a set of foundation courses enumerated below with a minimum grade of B in all courses:

1. Computer Science (CSC):
CIS 501- Accelerated Programming,
CIS 502 - Accelerated Operating Systems and Computer Architecture,
CIS 503 - Accelerated Data and File Structures,
CIS 504 - Accelerated Networks and Communications,
CIS 505 - Programming Languages, and
CIS 507 - Database Programming
or
CIS 120 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I,
CIS 121 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II,
CIS 220 - Computer Organization and Architecture,
CIS 221 - Data Communications and Networking,
CIS 222 - Operating Systems,
CIS 230 - Advanced Data and File Structures,
CIS 439 - Windows Programming,
CSC 333 - Programming Language Theory,
CSC 434 - Formal Language and Automata Theory,
MA 125 - Calculus I,
MA 126 - Calculus II,
MA 267 - Discrete Math, and
ST 315 - Statistics.

2. Information Science (ISC):
CIS 501 - Accelerated Programming,
CIS 502 - Accelerated Operating Systems and Computer Architecture,
CIS 503 - Accelerated Data and File Structures,
CIS 504 - Accelerated Networks and Communications,
CIS 506 - Applications Development Management, and
CIS  507 - Database Programming,
or
CIS 120 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I,
CIS 121 - Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II,
CIS 221 - Data Communications and Networking,
CIS 222 - Operating Systems,
CIS 230 - Advanced Data and File Structures,
CIS 439 - Windows Programming,
ISC 353 - Information Systems Applications Development,
MA 120 - Calculus & Its Applications,
ACC 500 - Financial Accounting,
FIN 501 - Financial Theory & Practice, and
MGT 545 - Statistical Analysis.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of at least 525 or an equivalent level of competence as exhibited by a bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the United States. All international students will be required to take the ESL exam (English as a Second Language Examination) and may be required to enroll in ESL courses as part of their graduate program in addition to the normal requirements for the degree listed below.

WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE
A student cannot obtain more than two (2) WD's from the same course. Enrollment in that course after two WD's will necessitate the student's completing the course. If the student withdraws for academic reasons after the third enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the program.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
A foreign language is not required to fulfill the requirements of the Master of Computer and Information Sciences degree.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis and are awarded on the recommendation of the School of Computer and Information Sciences. Applications can be obtained from the School office.

SCHEDULING OF COURSES
The graduate program for CIS is primarily an evening program. The courses are scheduled to accommodate full-time students (normally 2 or 3 courses per semester) and part-time students (1 course per semester). Special topics, directed study, and thesis courses are available as they are needed.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
A total of thirty-six (36) credit hours are required for the degree. Choose one of the following eighteen (18) credit hour core course sequences:

1. Computer Science:
CIS 518 - CIS Research Methodologies,
CSC 520 - Computer Architecture,
CSC 522 - Performance Evaluation of Algorithms,
CSC 524 - Computer Language Design,
CSC 525 - Complexity Theory, and
CSC 527 - Software Engineering Principles.

2. Information Science:
CIS 518 - CIS Research Methodologies,
ISC 560 - Information Systems in Organizations,
ISC 561 - Information Systems Database Management,
ISC 562 - Information Systems Analysis,
ISC 563 - Information Systems Data Warehousing and Decision Support, and
ISC 564 - Information Systems Design.

NON-THESIS OPTION
Comprehensive Examination:
All students in the non-thesis option must pass a comprehensive examination. Students must take the examination as soon as possible after successfully completing the core courses in the chosen specialization with a minimum grade of "B." Students wishing to sit for the examination must inform the Director of CIS Graduate Studies in writing by the first Friday of class in the semester in which the examination is to be taken. A student may attempt the comprehensive examination a maximum of three times. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year. The policy regarding the comprehensive examination is available in the School office.

Eighteen (18) credit hours of directed electives are required. Choose from the following suggested courses:

1. Computer Science:
CSC 510 - Compiler Design and Construction,
CSC 511 - Communications and Network Analysis,
CSC 512 - Real-Time Software Systems,
CSC 513 - Computer Graphics,
CSC 514 - Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 515 - Numerical Analysis,
CSC 526 - Database Structure and Design,
CSC 532 - Advanced Operating Systems,
CSC 533 - Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming, and
ISC 561 - Information Systems Database Management.

A maximum of six (6) credit hours of the following courses may be applied to the degree:
CIS 594 - Directed Study and
CIS  598 - Computer and Information Sciences Project

2. Information Science:
ISC 551 - Information Systems Advanced Applications Development,
ISC 553 - Information Systems Website Management,
ISC 555 - Information Systems Advanced Networks and Communications,
ISC 557 - Modeling and Decision Support Systems,
ISC 571 - Information Systems Database Administration,
CSC 514 - Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 527 - Software Engineering Principles, and
CSC 533 - Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming.

THESIS OPTION
A preliminary prospectus, which forms the basis for the proposed investigation, will be developed as part of the CIS Research Methodologies course (CIS 518). Acceptance into the thesis option is based on this preliminary review and satisfactory completion of the core courses with a minimum grade of "B." Normally, a student will prepare the final prospectus in the semester following completion of CIS 518 while enrolled in CIS 595 (Computer Science Research Development). Students must enroll in CIS 595 in the semester during which they defend their prospectus. The thesis will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in CIS 599 (Computer and Information Sciences Thesis). Students must enroll in CIS 599 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their theses. A grade of "C" in CIS 595 or 599 will result in dismissal from the thesis option.

1. Six (6) credit hours are required as follows:
CIS 595 - Computer Science Research Development and
CIS 599 - Computer and Information Sciences Thesis.

2. A. Computer Science: Eighteen (18) credit hours of directed electives are required from the following suggested courses:
CSC 510 - Compiler Design and Construction,
CSC 511 - Communications and Network Analysis,
CSC 512 - Real-Time Software Systems,
CSC 513 - Computer Graphics,
CSC 514 - Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 515 - Numerical Analysis,
CSC 526 - Database Structure and Design,
CSC 532 - Advanced Operating Systems,
CSC 533 - Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming, and
ISC 561 - Information Systems Database Management.

A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of the following courses may be applied toward the degree:
CIS 594 - Directed Study,
CIS 595 - Computer Science Research Development,
CIS 598 - Computer and Information Sciences Project, and
CIS 599 - Computer and Information Sciences Thesis.

B. Information Science - Twelve (12) credit hours of directed electives are required from the following suggested courses:
ISC 551 - Information Systems Advanced Applications Development,
ISC 553 - Information Systems Website Management,
ISC 555 - Information Systems Advanced Networks and Communications,
ISC 557 - Modeling and Decision Support Systems,
ISC 571 - Information Systems Database Administration,
CSC 514 - Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 527 - Software Engineering Principles, and
CSC 533 - Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming.

A maximum of three (3) credit hours of the following courses may be applied to the degree:
CIS 594 - Directed Study and
CIS 599 - Computer and Information Sciences Thesis.

COURSES TAKEN OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
No more than 3 graduate courses taken outside of the School of Computer and Information Sciences may be applied toward the degree. Any such courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies for Computer and Information Sciences and the student's advisor.

PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPATION
Master's students are expected to take an active part in at least one (1) professional computing organization. They are expected to be aware of the social impact of computing and adhere to the ACM/AITR code of ethics.

DESCRIPTIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCES COURSES ARE FOUND AS FOLLOWS:

Computer and Information Sciences (CIS)
Computer Science (CSC)
Information Science (ISC)
Information Technology (ITE)
Computer Engineering (CpE)


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