Computer Science

AS Degree – Code #0532

Alec Berenbaum, Program Coordinator

Email address: BerenbAO@alfredstate.edu

The computer science program at Alfred State was one of the originally established programs in the SUNY (State University of New York) system. It is a comprehensive program, which includes both the study of the underlying theories of computing as well as the specific applications of information manipulation and problem solving.

Most students who enroll in computer science do so with the intent of continuing their education after graduating from Alfred State. The degree granted is an Associate in Science (AS), and supports exceptionally well the needs of the transfer student. Though primarily a “transfer” program, many students do, however, elect to enter the job market upon graduation or continue at Alfred State pursuing a bachelor degree.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the computer science program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing.

Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills in developing solutions to problems.

Create and modify functional, clear, concise software design and implementation with current programming languages.

Create functional web pages using web scripting languages.

Demonstrate the scientific method in one area of natural science.

Assess and implement appropriate data structures within a programming project.

Demonstrate proficiency in basic office automation software.

Solve problems in a team setting as a team member.

Identify issues of professional ethics including copyright laws, plagiarism, and professional etiquette.

Demonstrate proficiency with mathematical principles through the level of calculus or discrete.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State computer science graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

The primary focus of the computer science program is transfer. The AS degree granted is specifically designed to maximize transfer credit to four-year programs. Transfer into the information technology programs: network administration, Web development, and applications software development is possible with junior status with careful selection of courses for electives.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Network management

Systems administration

Computer engineering technology

Computer support

Computer programming

Database administration

Web development

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate: 100 percent. 50 percent employed; 50% transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Computer & Electronic Systems Technician

Computer Information Systems

Computer Engineering Technology

Information Security & Assurance

Information Technology: Applications Software Development

Information Technology: Network Administration

Information Technology: Web Development

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Computer Science - AS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

CISY

1023

Intro. to Information Tech.

3

CISY

1113

Intro. to Computer Prog.

3

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

MATH

xxx3

Pre-Calculus 1054 or above

3

SOCI

xxx3

Social Science Elective*

3

15

Second

CISY

4103

Visual Program’g & Devel.

3

LITR

2603

Introduction to Literature

3

MATH

1084

Calculus I

OR

MATH

2163

Discrete Mathematics

3-4

CISY

2153

Database Appl. & Prog. I

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. - Other

3

15-16

Third

CISY

4033

Networking I

3

CISY

3223

Intro. to Web Page Development

3

xxx3

Open Elective

3

xxx4

Gen. Ed. - Natural Science w/Lab

4

xxx3

Professional Elective

3

16

Fourth

CISY

4053

Linux OS & Scripting

OR

CISY

5403

Database Concepts (advanced)

3

CISY

4003

Intro. to Data Structures

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. "Other"

3

xxx3

Liberal Arts Elective

3

HPED

xxx1

Physical Education

1

16

*Social science elective may include economics, history, political science, psychology, or sociology.

Professional elective may include CISY, business, and selected courses from math or engineering as approved by the adviser.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of required CISY courses and one professional elective approved by adviser with a 2.0 cumulative index. A minimum cumulative index of 2.0, along with other requirements as stated in the College Academic Regulations, must be met by candidates for the AS degree. A minimum of 62 credit hours of course work including one credit of physical education. Thirty credit hours in liberal arts are required.