College Catalog: 2011-2012

School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS): Computer Science (B.S.)

Four Year Plan
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About the Major

Computer Science is the study of the representation, storage, and transformation of information.  The subject areas of computer science include algorithms and data structures, programming languages, object oriented programming, GUI programming, web based development, operating systems, compiler design, numerical analysis, simulation, data communication and network programming, database design, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, security, and software methodologies.

This broad body of knowledge is presented in a manner which encourages Computer Science majors to develop professional competence, and acquire intellectual maturity and curiosity; establishing a long-term commitment to remain current in this rapidly changing discipline.  Indeed, the Computer Science major at the College is in a continual state of evolution, with new courses being added to the program and every course in the major being regularly updated.  The Program has an Advanced Topics course to facilitate the rapid introduction of new material into the major.

The Computer Science major at Ramapo is based on the philosophy that true learning occurs through active participation.  This notion is incorporated throughout the curriculum.  For example, all the courses in the major require programming projects that illustrate and expand the course content.  Before completing the major, students must design and implement a significant piece of software as their senior project.  Additionally, Computer Science students are encouraged to participate in one of the many experiential learning opportunities available through off-campus internships.

Computers are pervasive in today’s world and Ramapo College Computer Science graduates have available to them a broad range of career opportunities in business, government, and academia.  Our recent graduates have established careers in software development, project management, research, marketing, database development and administration, financial engineering, data mining, systems administration, quality assurance, education, game development, management, consulting and sales. Our students often continue on to graduate school.

The Computer Science faculty brings a wide diversity of experience in industry and academia.  Networking, object oriented programming, database design, web development, UNIX, .NET and Windows programming, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, GUI programming, software methodologies, programming languages, numerical analysis and computer graphics are areas well represented by the faculty.

Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement: Three writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: First Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing (formerly College English), and Readings in Humanities.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.
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