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Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

CHEM 100. Chemistry Today

3 credits

Provides the background necessary to understand how chemistry affects our daily lives. An enriched overview of the fundamental principles of chemistry is followed by applications to topics of current interest. A high school science background is assumed. Not available for major or minor credit in chemistry.

*CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A one-semester introduction to the fundamental principles, laws and applications of chemistry. Examples relating to the health sciences are emphasized. Not available for major or minor credit in chemistry.

CHEM 120L. Concepts of Chemistry Laboratory

1 credit. Offered fall and spring

A one-semester introduction to laboratory work which illustrates the fundamental principles, laws and applications of chemistry discussed in CHEM 120. Experiments relating to the health sciences are emphasized. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 120.

*CHEM 131. General Chemistry I

3 credits. Offered fall

The first of a two-course general chemistry sequence for science majors. It is designed to introduce students to basic chemical concepts including atomic structure, periodic properties of the elements, nomenclature, basic stoichiometry, theories related to reactivity and bonding and the behavior of materials. The laboratory and lecture portions of CHEM 131 must be taken concurrently. Chemistry majors take 135L rather than 131L.

CHEM 132. General Chemistry II

3 credits. Offered fall

A course designed to examine the mechanisms by which chemists obtain information about reacting systems. Major concepts covered include: chemical reactivity, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisite: Grades of “C-” or higher in CHEM 131 and either CHEM 131L or CHEM 135L; corequisite: CHEM 132L or 136L; chemistry majors take 136L.

CHEM 131L*-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories

1 credit each semester. Offered fall and spring

These laboratory courses are designed to complement and supplement the CHEM 131-132 lecture courses. The laboratory and lecture portions must be taken concurrently. Chemistry majors are to take CHEM 135L and 136L, listed below. Prerequisite for CHEM 132L: Grades of “C-” or higher in CHEM 131 and either CHEM 131L or CHEM 135L.

CHEM 135L. Special General Chemistry Laboratory

1 credit. Offered fall

An enriched laboratory course designed primarily for chemistry majors. Corequisite: CHEM 131.

CHEM 136L. Special General Chemistry Laboratory

1 credits. Offered spring

An enriched laboratory course which includes special topics and experiments not presented in the regular CHEM 132 laboratory. Prerequisite: Grades of “C-” or higher in CHEM 131 and either CHEM 131L or 135L; Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 132.

CHEM 200. Computer Applications in Chemistry

1 credit. Offered fall

Students are given chemically relevant problems that require that they learn to use the software all literate chemists should be familiar with. In addition, students are introduced to a programming language, first by writing macros for spreadsheet, presentation or word processing programs and finally, by using a high level programming language. Corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 341.

CHEM 221. Concepts of Organic Chemistry

3 credits. Offered fall

An introduction to the study of organic compounds with emphasis on the chemistry of functional groups, including methods of preparation and interconversions. The laboratory and lecture portions must be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CHEM 132 and 132L.

CHEM 221L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1 credit. Offered fall

Laboratory work will include training in the techniques of organic chemistry, preparation of compounds and some organic qualitative analysis. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 221.

CHEM 222. Concepts of Biochemistry

3 credits. Offered spring

A brief survey of the principal constituents of living cells, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, with emphasis on their synthesis and transformations in vivo. Intermediary metabolism and protein replication will be stressed. The laboratory and lecture portions must be taken concurrently; not available for major credit. Credit may not be earned in both CHEM 222 and BIO 220. Prerequisites or corequisites: CHEM 221 and CHEM 221L (or CHEM 342 and CHEM 346L.)

CHEM 222L. Concepts of Biochemistry Laboratory

1 credit. Offered spring

The laboratory work will comprise experiments demonstrating some of the pertinent reactions including those of analytical value. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 222.

CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I

3 credits. Offered spring

A survey of the chemistry of the elements and modern theories of bonding. Prerequisite: CHEM 132.

CHEM/PHYS/MATS 275. An Introduction to Materials Science

3 credits. Offered fall

An introduction to materials science with emphasis on general properties of materials. Topics will include crystal structure, extended and point defects and mechanical, electrical, thermal and magnetic properties of metals, ceramics, electronic materials, composites and organic materials. Prerequisites: CHEM 131, PHYS 150, PHYS 250, ISAT 212 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 280. An Alternative Lower-Division Chemistry Experience

1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course will provide a mechanism for offering nontraditional, lower-division, lecture and/or laboratory course. It will be offered only with the approval of the full-time teaching faculty. No course will be offered more than three times under the 280 designation. Student may repeat CHEM 280 for credit when course content changes.

CHEM 300. Numerical Methods in Chemistry

1 credit. Offered fall

Students learn to use computational software, and a high level scientific language to facilitate the solution of numerical chemical problems.

CHEM 325. Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety

1 credit. Offered fall

A brief introduction to physical and chemical hazards which may be encountered in a laboratory setting. Methods of personal protection will be emphasized.

CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I

3 credits. Offered spring

A study of thermodynamics, solutions, kinetics and macromolecules with applications of chemical and biological problems. Prerequisites: CHEM 132; MATH 206 or MATH 236.

CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory

1 credit. Offered spring

A laboratory course which emphasizes the applied experimental aspects of physical chemistry. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 331.

CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture

3 credits each semester. Offered fall and spring

The major objective for this course is to teach the modern method of scientific problem solving using organic compounds as models. Emphasis will be on the chemical language (nomenclature and terminology), molecular electronic concepts, theories of organic reactions, stereochemistry and structure elucidation of organic compounds. Prerequisite for CHEM 341: CHEM 132; prerequisite for CHEM 342: a grade of
“C-” or higher in CHEM 341; corequisite for CHEM 342: CHEM 346L or CHEM 388L
.

CHEM 346L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2 credits. Offered spring

This course will present laboratory techniques and experiments associated with organic chemistry, including an introduction to synthesis, spectroscopic methods, chromatographic techniques and some qualitative organic analysis. Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or higher in CHEM 341; Corequisite: CHEM 342.

CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry

4 credits. Offered fall

The total analysis concept is introduced and developed. This framework encompasses the areas of experiment design, sample collection and treatment, and statistical evaluation of results, as well as standard analysis techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 132.

CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis

3 credits. Offered spring

This course emphasizes the application of instrumental techniques to the quantitative determination of chemical composition. Both instrument theory and practical applications are presented. Prerequisites: CHEM 351 and MATH 205 or MATH 235.

CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

2 credits. Offered spring

This course will introduce students to the methodology and technology associated with the design and use of chemical instrumentation. Students perform experiments that illustrate the theoretical principles associated with instrument designs and the application of instruments to the solution of qualitative and quantitative analysis problems. Corequisite: CHEM 352.

CHEM 354. Environmental Chemistry Field Camp

3 credits. Offered summer

Fundamentals of environmental chemistry with laboratory and field trip components. The basic chemical principals of environmental problems are studied. Field trips and laboratory work on real samples are integrated with lecture material. Prerequisite: CHEM 341 or permission of instructor.

CHEM/GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters

3 credits. Offered fall

Study of chemical theory and reactions important in natural water systems. The role of atmospheric, geologic and biological inputs in determining the geochemistry of streams, rivers and oceans. Prerequisites: CHEM 131 and CHEM 132 or equivalent.
A laboratory course designed to demonstrate the topics covered in CHEM 450. Corequisite: CHEM 450; Prerequisites: CHEM 132 and PHYS 250 or equivalent.

CHEM/BIO 361. Biochemistry I

3 credits. Offered fall

An introduction to the molecules and chemical reactions of living systems. Structure and function of important classes of biomolecules are explored and the relationship of structure to function is stressed. Basic metabolic sequences are discussed. Prerequisites: CHEM 342 and permission of instructor.

CHEM 362. Biochemistry II

3 credits. Offered spring

An introduction to laboratory techniques and experimental approaches associated with modern biochemistry. Isolation and characterization of enzymes and other biomolecules are emphasized. Prerequisite: CHEM 361 or permission of instructor.

CHEM 366L. Biochemistry Laboratory

2 credits. Offered spring

A continuation of CHEM 361 including metabolic regulation, protein biosynthesis, analytical methods and isolation of biomolecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 361.

CHEM 387L-388L. Integrated Inorganic/Organic Laboratory

2 credits. Offered fall and spring

An enriched, integrated introduction to the laboratory procedures associated with inorganic and organic chemistry. Topics include apparatus design and construction, synthesis, separation methods, spectroscopic analysis and application of computers in the laboratory. Prerequisites or corequisites: for CHEM 387L: CHEM 341; for CHEM 388L: CHEM 270 and CHEM 342 and a grade of “C-” or higher in CHEM 387L.

CHEM 390A, B. Problems in Chemistry

1 - 3 credits, repeatable for a total of 4 credits. Offered fall and spring

A project is undertaken dealing with some aspect of chemistry under the guidance of a faculty adviser.

CHEM 395. Perspectives in Chemistry

1 credit. Offered fall

A description of the technical and nontechnical capabilities expected of a university graduate who enters industry, government or academia is presented. The student is introduced to the various laws governing the chemical industry as well as to the fields of toxicology and environmental health. Experts in various disciplines discuss current topics of concern to the chemistry and biology student.

CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II

3 credits. Offered fall

A study of atomic and molecular energy levels and structure as interpreted by quantum theory. Prerequisites: CHEM 132; MATH 206 or MATH 236; and PHYS 150 or PHYS 250.

CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2 credits. Offered fall

A laboratory course which emphasizes the application of various physical measurement techniques as a means of obtaining data to test fundamental chemical theory. Corequisite: CHEM 432.

CHEM 440. Intermediate Organic Chemistry

3 credits. Offered spring

An advanced study of the theory of organic chemistry as applied to chemical reactions and synthetic methods. Such topics as reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy and stereochemistry will be included. Prerequisite: CHEM 342.

CHEM 445. Polymer Chemistry

4 credits. Offered fall

A study of the synthesis and characterization of macromolecules. Polymer chemistry is discussed in a manner that focuses most attention on the properties of macromolecules that can be understood at the molecular level. Prerequisite: CHEM 342.

CHEM 450. Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry

3 credits. Offered spring

A study of the fundamentals of radioactivity in chemistry. Topics include the effects of radiation on matter, measurement of radiation, activation analysis, tracer studies and the nuclear fuel cycle. Applications of radioactive materials and radiation in industry and medicine will be described. Prerequisites: CHEM 132 and PHYS 250 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 450L. Laboratory for Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry

1 credit. Offered spring

A laboratory course designed to demonstrate the topics covered in CHEM 450. Corequisite: CHEM 450; Prerequisites: CHEM 132 and PHYS 250 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM/PHYS 455. Lasers and Their Applications to Physical Sciences

3 credits. Offered spring

An introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of lasers and their applications in the physical sciences. Prerequisite: PHYS 270, CHEM 331 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 470. Inorganic Chemistry II

3 credits. Offered fall

A study of selected topics in the field of advanced inorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 270; prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 331.

CHEM 480. Selected Topics in Chemistry

1-3 credits each semester. Offered fall and spring

This course is designed to allow an in-depth study of specific topics in chemistry selected according to student and staff interest.

CHEM 481. Literature and Seminar I

1 credit. Offered fall

Provides instruction in methods of abstracting specific information from the body of chemical literature. Attendance at regularly scheduled department seminars is required.

CHEM 482. Literature and Seminar II

1 credit. Offered spring

Provides practice in preparing and presenting a literature-based seminar and paper on a chemical topic. Attendance at regularly scheduled department seminars is required. Prerequisite: CHEM 481 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 494. Internship in Chemistry

1- 2 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Students participate in research or applied chemistry outside of the university. A proposal must be approved prior to registration, and a final paper will be completed.

CHEM 497A, B, C. Undergraduate Chemical Research

2-4 credits, repeatable for a total of 6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Research in a selected area of chemistry, as arranged with and approved by a faculty research adviser the semester prior to registration.

CHEM 499. Honors

6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Year course.


Chinese

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

CHIN 101-102. Elementary Chinese (4, 1)

4 credits each semester. Offered fall and spring

The fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension. One hour’s work a week in the language laboratory.

CHIN 231-232. Intermediate Chinese

3 credits each semester. Offered fall and spring

A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition and reading. Prerequisite: One year of college Chinese or equivalent.


Classics

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

CLAS 100. Latin and Greek Roots of English Words

2 credits. Offered fall and spring

Intensive study of Latin and Greek word-roots, prefixes and suffixes in the forms they take in English words. An English vocabulary-development course for students with no knowledge of Latin or Greek. Does not count toward licensure in Latin.

CLAS 265. The Individual and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Discussion of literary and historical sources that reflect the attitudes and values of individuals in various social classes. All readings in English.

CLAS 266. Greek and Roman Classics in Translation

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Discussion of the writings that illustrate the cultural values and intellectual attitudes which constitute the most important legacy of Classical civilization. All readings in English.

CLAS 337. Human Values: The Classical Tradition

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Discussion of human values and the human condition reflected in writings from the eighth century B. C. to the present day. Does not count toward licensure in Latin. All readings in English.


College of Business

College of Business

COB 191. Business Statistics

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The application of statistical methods to business and economics. Introduces frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing and regression and correlation analysis. Prerequisite: Demonstration of strong preparation in algebra.

COB 202. Interpersonal Skills

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An applied course consisting of experiential exercises followed by class discussion. Cases are used as learning activities where the instructor acts as a facilitator to learning. Essential theory emanates from class discussions with a student-based rather than instructor-based format. Theory and application are intertwined by means of student self-assessment exercises and group discussion. Prerequisite: Open only to sophomore business majors.

COB 204. Computer Information Systems

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to computer-based information systems. Emphasis is placed on computer hardware, software, analysis, design and implementation of information systems, computer ethics and the role of computers in society and the functional areas of business.

COB 218. Legal Environment of Business

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A study of the law as a means of social, political and economic change. The American legal system from the standpoint of its sources and philosophy with special emphasis on business relations and the role of government in affecting them.

COB 241. Financial Accounting

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The role of financial data in contemporary society; the problems of measuring and reporting income, assets, liabilities and equities; interpretation of financial statements. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

COB 242. Managerial Accounting

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The attention-directing and problem-solving functions of accounting in relation to current planning and control, evaluation of performance, special decisions and long-range planning. Prerequisite: COB 241.

COB 291. Introduction to Management Science

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The application of quantitative methods to decision making. Emphasis is placed on decision theory, linear programming, sensitivity analysis, forecasting, queuing simulation. Prerequisites: COB 191 and MATH 205 or equivalent.

COB 300A. Integrated Functional Systems: Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

COB 300A is the management component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100 and 200 B.B.A. core courses, demonstrated computer competencies; junior standing (56 hours) and a cumulative 2.5 grade point average in all courses taken at JMU.

COB 300B. Integrated Functional Systems: Finance

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

COB 300B is the finance component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100 and 200 B.B.A. core courses, demonstrated computer competencies; junior standing (56 hours) and a cumulative 2.5 grade point average in all courses taken at JMU.

COB 300C. Integrated Functional Systems: Operations

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

COB 300C is the operations component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100 and 200 B.B.A. core courses, demonstrated computer competencies; junior standing (56 hours) and a cumulative 2.5 grade point average in all courses taken at JMU.

COB 300D. Integrated Functional Systems: Marketing

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

COB 300D is the marketing component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100 and 200 B.B.A. core courses, demonstrated computer competencies; junior standing (56 hours) and a cumulative 2.5 grade point average in all courses taken at JMU.

COB 301. European Integration, Culture and History

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course is designed to complement the COB 300 A-D or Eurpoean Marketing minor when taught as part of the semester in Antwerp, Belgium program. COB 301 will only be offered as part of the semester in Antwerp program. Students will study European Integration in the classroom and visit governmental institutions, historical places and cultural events associated with course content. Prerequisites: Requires acceptance to the semester in Antwerp program. Must be taken as a corequisite with COB 300 or courses for the European Marketing minor. Cannot be used as an elective to fulfill COB major or any other minor.

COB 487. Strategic Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Strategic management is designed to be the capstone course for seniors completing their undergraduate studies in the various functional areas of business administration. The course is comprehensive and structured to build on the foundational knowledge students have gained through completing the interdisciplinary COB 300, Integrated Functional Systems, learning experience and from their respective concentrations. Prerequisites: COB 300 and 105 cumulative credit hours.

COB 490. Special Studies in Business Administration

1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Designed to give capable students an opportunity to complete a faculty supervised independent study apart from a specific major. Prerequisite: Permission from the Associate Dean for Student Services.

COB 491. Peer Advisor Training

0 credits. Offered fall and spring

This block course will provide peer advisor trainees with the information necessary to give guidance to their peers in understanding various university and college academic policies and procedures and the university resources available to address academic questions and issues. Cannot be applied to any College of Business major or minor. Prerequisites: Junior standing (78 credit hours) and approval of the Associate Dean for Student Services one month prior to registration.

COB 492. Peer Advising

2 credit hours per semester; limit of 4 credit hours in total. Offered fall and spring

Practicum in advising focuses on College of Business students providing guidance to their peers in understanding various university and college academic procedures and policies, as well as offering knowledgeable referrals to appropriate university resources. May be taken twice for up to four credit hours. Cannot be applied to any COB major or minor. Prerequisites: Senior standing and successful completion of COB 491.


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD 200. Introduction to Communication Disorders

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the profession of speech-language pathology and audiology. Consideration is given to the cause and treatment of communication disorders in children and adults.

CSD 207. Speech Science I: Phonetics

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction in various transcription techniques for phonetic and phonemic analysis of speech production.

CSD 208. Speech Science II: Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear and Voice Mechanism

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism. Majors only or by permission of instructor.

CSD 209. Speech Science III: Acoustics of Speech and Hearing

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Introduction to acoustics of speech and hearing. Introduction to physical acoustics, sound generation and transmission, resonance, speech acoustics and speech perception.

CSD 300. Language Development

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of language acquisition, development, structure and function in normal children. The development of language in all cultures and the universal nature of the developmental process is the foundation for continued study in speech-language hearing. Enrollment open to CSD majors only.

CSD 301. Audiology

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the symptoms, causes and treatment of hearing disorders. Hearing test instrumentation and interpretation in clinical situations are emphasized.

CSD 310. Biostatistical Methods for Communication Sciences and Disorders

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to research conducted in and applied to the disciplines of speech-language pathology and audiology. Traditional statistical methods in behavioral and social sciences will be included as well as qualitative and quantitative research approaches relevant to individuals and populations with communication disorders.

CSD 314. Phonological and Language Disorders

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to phonological and language disorders in children and adults. Etiological and maintaining factors are discussed and an overview of assessment and (re)habilitation procedures is presented. Prerequisite: CSD 200, CSD 207, CSD 300 or permission of instructor.

CSD 318. Aural Rehabilitation

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Concentrated attention is given to communication problems of the hearing handicapped. Aural rehabilitation is emphasized including lip reading and auditory training. Prerequisite: CSD 301 or permission of instructor.

CSD 415. Neuroanatomy and Neurogenic Communication Disorders

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Introduces neurogenic communication disorders from a neuroanatomical approach.

CSD 416. Organic Speech Disorders

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Clinical procedures in the areas of fluency, oral-facial and voice disorders are studied. Evaluative and remedial aspects are emphasized.

CSD 420. Introduction to Sign Language

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Provides an introduction to American Sign Language, the deaf community and English-based signed systems.

CSD 421. Sign Language II

3 credits. Offered fall

Focuses on developing conversational skills of students whose core vocabulary and knowledge of the grammar and pragmatics of sign language are basic; distinguishes ASL from English sign systems. Prerequisite: CSD 420 or permission of the instructor.

CSD 444. Child Language Development and Disorders

3 credits.

The study of normal language development in children, including an overview of the linguistic bases of language. Topics include the examination of the various manifestations of language disorders in children and the different strategies for intervention. This course does not meet the degree requirements for CSD majors.

CSD 470. Methods and Observation

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Directed observation and participation in practical experiences. Introduction to the clinical process in speech-language pathology. Practical clinical methodology will be emphasized. Majors only. Must have a 3.0 average in CSD courses to enroll.

CSD 471. Methods and Observation in Audiology

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the clinical process in audiology via directed observation and participation in laboratory and patient interactions. Practical clinical methodology is emphasized. Majors only with interest in graduate study in audiology. Repeatable for credit up to 6 credits. A 3.0 average is required to enroll. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CSD 490. Special Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders

1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Provides students opportunity for independent study and/or small class instruction in elective topics.

CSD 499. Honors

6 credits. Offered fall and spring

See catalog descriptions titled “Graduation with Distinction” and “Graduation with Honors.”


Communication Studies

School of Communication Studies

SCOM 121. Basic Human Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of the basic processes of oral human communication. Emphasis on oral skills in message composition, analysis of subject matter, listening, definition of communication purposes and participation skills in a variety of oral communication contexts. The class will focus on dyadic, small group and public communication events.

SCOM 122. Public Speaking

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of creative and practical skills of public speaking. Emphasis on practice and analysis based on measurable objectives and speech purposes. Consideration given to how to design and deliver effective speeches of various types for various occasions and purposes.

SCOM 220. Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Introduction to the fundamental theoretical perspectives in interpersonal communication. Emphasis on the effects of verbal and nonverbal messages on continuity and change in personal relationships. Consideration of the influence of cultural and social contexts on messages in relationships. Development of communication competence in diverse interpersonal contexts.

SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of conflict resolution processes including mediation, arbitration and negotiation. Consideration of litigation and hybrid dispute processes such as summary jury trial, rent-a-judge and panel evaluation.

SCOM 240. The Process of Human Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of communication studies as a behavioral process employing verbal and nonverbal modes of interaction. Emphasis on learning theory, motivation, language, meaning and social interaction as applied to the theory of communication studies. Consideration of role of communication in all human endeavors.

SCOM 242. Presentational Speaking

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of methods for preparing and presenting public speeches. Consideration of impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, sales speeches, business presentations and other special occasion speeches. Emphasis on performance and evaluation. Prerequisite: Any 100-level communication studies course or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 243. Oral Interpretation

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study and application of theories concerning the oral presentation of various forms of literature including prose, poetry, drama and nonfiction materials. Emphasis on performance. Prerequisite: Any 100-level communication studies course or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 245. Signs, Symbols and Social Interaction

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of verbal and nonverbal communication as used in human interaction. Consideration given to the function of symbolic systems in self-concept development, the structuring of reality and social discourse. Attention is directed toward the use of signs and symbols by different ethnic groups, genders, age groups and geographic groups.

SCOM 247. Small Group Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of communication processes involved in solving problems when working with others in a small group context. Emphasis on concepts of roles, norms, leadership and decision making. Consideration of small group factors which influence problem-solving effectiveness. Prerequisite: Any 100-level communication studies course or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of human communication in a variety of cultural settings and contexts. Emphasis on developing understanding and analytical skills regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in both domestic and international settings. Consideration of relevance and application to social, business and political environments.

SCOM 260. Introduction to Public Relations

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of basic principles and practices of public relations. Consideration given to public relations problems and pragmatic solutions utilizing oral, written and electronic communication media and skills.

SCOM 261. Public Relations Techniques I: Written

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of writing fundamentals for public relations. Emphasis on practice of effective writing for a variety of media (press releases, public service announcements, brochures, newsletters). Must be able to use word processing software. Prerequisite: SCOM 260 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 270. Introduction to Health Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the study of the theory and practice of communication in health and medical-related fields. Emphasis on communication interaction between professional health providers and patients/clients. Consideration of strategies that promote effective communication between health/medical professionals and patients/clients. Prerequisite: Any 100-level communication studies course.

SCOM 280. Introduction to Communication Research

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the principles, methods and analysis techniques used in the field of communication. Emphasis on a broad-based understanding of the breadth of research in the field. Includes both qualitative and quantitative research methods, methods of literature review and research article critiques. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisite: SCOM 240.

SCOM 313. Topics in Communication Studies

1-3 credits. Repeatable to 6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of current topics and issues in human communication. Emphasis on contemporary theories, research and principles. Prerequisites: Nine hours of communication studies courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level or permission of instructor.

SCOM 318. Practicum in Communication Studies

1-6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Approved cocurricular activities and/or projects of a practical nature. No more than six hours of practicum credit can be applied to major. Proposals must be submitted to and approved by the course instructor for section and credit hour registration. To receive repeat credit see school director. Prerequisite: Permission of the school director.

SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An examination of communication in conflict situations. Emphasis on communication competencies required for successful management and resolution of conflict. Consideration of theories of conflict and application to different conflict levels including interpersonal communication, small group communication and organizational communication. Prerequisite: SCOM 231 recommended.

SCOM 332. Mediation

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of analysis and resolution of human conflict. Emphasis on role of mediation in dispute resolution focusing on relationships, language, listening and problem-solving techniques. Consideration of the interpersonal and group approaches to study of conflict management. Prerequisite: SCOM 231 recommended.

SCOM 341. Persuasion

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of oral communication as a determinant of attitudinal and behavioral change. Emphasis on the various kinds of artistic and non-artistic proofs as they apply to human motivation. Consideration of the application of behavioral research findings to persuasion. Prerequisites: SCOM 240 and SCOM 280 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 342. Argument and Advocacy

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of the techniques and principles of argument and advocacy. Emphasis on developing, presenting and defending a position on controversial questions. Consideration given to contemporary theories of public argument.

SCOM 345. Nonverbal Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of nonverbal means through which people relate to one another. Consideration of the communicative effects of environment, facial expression, voice, posture, gestures, touch, distance and physical appearance. Prerequisites: SCOM 245 recommended and any 200-level communication studies course or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 346. Free Speech in America

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of the evolution of freedom of speech in America from Colonial times to the present day. Emphasis on the major periods of development and on the role of courts in defining freedom of speech. Special consideration of contemporary freedom of speech controversies.

SCOM 347. Communication, Diversity and Popular Culture

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of the rhetorical dimension of communication practices and texts found in popular culture. Emphasis on issues of diversity as they are manifested in the communication practices found in popular culture. Emphasis on strategic communication choices in a diverse, multicultural world. Emphasis on critical thinking, self-reflexivity and communication analysis. Prerequisite: GCOM 121.

SCOM 348. Communication and Gender

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of theories and research regarding the influence of gender in various human communication contexts, both public and private. Emphasis on the critical analysis of existing theory and empirical research and the potential competent uses of communication for social change. Prerequisite: Any 100-level communication studies course or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 350. Organizational Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of theories and principles of communication within organizations. Emphasis on analysis of formal and informal communication systems, networks and interactions with organizational hierarchies. Consideration of both profit and not-for-profit contexts.

SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A study of the use of communication in social movements. Emphasis on the types of communication used in social movements and on ways to produce and respond to such messages. This course examines a variety of different social movements within the political process including nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: SCOM 240.

SCOM 353. American Political Culture and Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of functions performed by communication in politics. Emphasis on a variety of communication forms and techniques used by advocates both in campaigning and governing. Consideration of contemporary campaigns and the role of communication in their successes and failures. Prerequisites: SCOM 240 and GPOSC 225 are recommended or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 354. Communication, Environment and Environmentalism

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An exploration of how messages and information about nature and the environment are communicated, focusing on persuasive efforts by institutions, corporations, environmental managers, lobbyists, scientific experts, politicians and citizens to describe and shape human interactions with the environment and each other. This course seeks to increase our understanding of the ways that these environmental discourses persuade (and fail to persuade) different publics.

SCOM 358. Business and Professional Communication Studies

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of techniques of effective communication in business/professional context. Emphasis on communication skills and results. Consideration of communication problems unique to the business/professional environment.

SCOM 361. Public Relations Techniques II: Visual

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of visual communication techniques for public relations. Survey of design principles and elements used for developing visually effective messages with an emphasis on publication design and production, photography and computer-mediated presentations. Students should provide a camera and be familiar with desktop publishing and presentational software. Prerequisite: SCOM 261 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 381. Communication Criticism

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of methods of evaluating acts of persuasive communication. Emphasis on developing and applying appropriate standards to determine effectiveness of persuasion. Consideration of criticism of advertising, mass media, public speaking and other forms of persuasive communication. Prerequisites: SCOM 280 and any 100-level communication studies course or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 383. Communication Research Methodologies

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of research methods in various areas of communication. Emphasis on ability to research literature and criticize research design. Prerequisites: SCOM 280 and nine hours of communication studies courses or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 386. Communication Survey Research

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Consideration of survey problems and methods unique to communication. Emphasis on using survey research methodology in communication audits, public relations problems and public opinion polling. Prerequisite: SCOM 280 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 390. Directed Projects

2-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Supervised projects related to any aspect of human communication. Emphasis on original individual or group programs beyond the department’s usual curricular or cocurricular offerings. Formal report(s) required for awarding of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the school director.

SCOM 391. Communication Career Strategies

1 credit. Offered fall and spring

The study of strategies for implementing a job/internship campaign. Emphasis on conducting a self assessment, locating job and internship openings, writing resumes, cover letters and follow-up messages, conducting informational interviews, networking, interviewing techniques and marketing a communication studies degree. Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in communication studies.

SCOM 394. Core Assessment in Communication Studies

0 credits. Offered fall and spring

Students participate in testing, interviews and other assessment activities as approved by the School of Communication Studies. Grades will be assigned on a credit/no credit basis. Prerequisites: SCOM 240, SCOM 242, SCOM 245, SCOM 280 and SCOM 341.

SCOM 431. Legal Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of the role of communication in the legal process. Emphasis on communication questions/problems which litigants, lawyers, judges and jurors face. Consideration of legal argument, negotiation, trial advocacy, decision making and communication technologies.

SCOM 432. Senior Seminar in Conflict and Mediation Studies

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An advanced seminar, capstone course for students concentrating or minoring in conflict and mediation studies. Special topics are developed to include research in conflict resolution, current trends in dispute resolution, evolving practices in conflict and mediation, as well as other relevant and timely issues.

SCOM 440. Advanced Interpersonal Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A study of the major conceptual approaches and research methods used in the study of interpersonal communication. Emphasis on communication and relationship development, maintenance and disengagement. This course involves advanced analysis and critical evaluation of research in interpersonal communication. Prerequisites: SCOM 220 and SCOM 280 plus six additional hours of communication studies courses, or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 448. Seminar in Cultural Communication

3 credits. Offered spring

Advanced study of theory and research in cultural communication and intercultural contact. Consideration of communication practices that construct and arrange social and ethnic identities within specfic contexts. Prerequisites: SCOM 248 and SCOM 280 or permission of instructor.

SCOM 449. Communication Training

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An examination of methods for planning, arranging and conducting communication training. Students become familiar with strategies and activities designed to help others improve their communication skills. Prerequisites: Junior standing and 12 hours in communication studies or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 450. Advanced Studies in Organizational Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Integrated study of organizational communication theory and research. Analysis of communication systems within organizations and at their boundaries. Special attention to field studies. Prerequisite: SCOM 350 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 453. Political Campaign Communication

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An advanced study of communication techniques, procedures and processes as they relate to political campaign communication. Emphasis upon the design, execution and production of various communication messages. Consideration of the impact and utilization of various technologies in political campaigns. Prerequisite: SCOM 353 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 460. Public Relations Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Intensive study and research of advanced communication management skills, theory and principles using case and field studies. Special attention to systematic and ethical management of communication and action affecting an organization’s internal and external publics. Prerequisites: SCOM 341, SCOM 361 and SCOM 386.

SCOM 461. Public Relations Campaigns

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The capstone course for the public relations program of study. Students further their theoretical understanding and practical skills in the processes of research, planning, communication/action and evaluation by conducting campaigns for specific organizations. Prerequisites: SCOM 261, SCOM 361, SCOM 386 and SCOM 460 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM 470. Health Communication Campaigns

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The study of advanced theory and practice of communication in health-related fields. Consideration of topics relating to communication issues which affect communication interaction between health professionals and clients/patients. Emphasis on the use of communication in health communication campaigns. Prerequisite: SCOM 270 or permission of the instructor.

SCOM/SMAD/POSC 472. Media and Politics

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A study of the media’s role in political campaigns, concentrating on past/present election, the media’s role in covering political parties and coverage of the governing process. Discussion of electronic and print will occur. Topics to be examined include campaign videos, CSPAN, political ads, editorial cartoons, TV debates, convention coverage and radio talk show commentary.

SCOM 490. Special Studies in Communication Studies

1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An independent study for students to pursue individual research under the guidance of faculty. Limited to senior communication studies majors in good standing with permission of school director.

SCOM 495. Internship in Communication Studies

3-6 credits, repeatable to 6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Credit for the application of communication theory and skills in a directed, on-the-job learning experience. Open only to communication studies majors who meet specific criteria (see the school Web site). Up to six credits may be applied as electives in the communication studies’ major. Prerequisite: Permission of the school director.

SCOM 499. Honors in Communication Studies

6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Year course. Prerequisite: Permission of the school director.


Computer Information Systems and Management Science

College of Business

CIS 104. Microcomputer Applications

Credit/no credit. Offered fall and spring

Introduction to the operation and use of microcomputers. Emphasis will be placed on the use of word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database, graphics and telecommunications software using business applications.

CIS 221. Principles of Programming

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction and practical experience in writing computer programs using object oriented design and event driven logic. Projects will include the use of control structures (sequence, selection, and iteration) as well as file and array processing logic. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in the design of object-oriented solutions and the implementation of event driven logic to solve real-world business problems. Not open to students who have taken CS 239.

CIS 301. Information Technology Tools and Methods

1 credit. Offered fall and spring

Gives students experience in use of management productivity tools on microcomputers. Emphasizes appropriate uses of common software packages to aid decision making. Specific coverage will vary. See instructor for topics each semester. Prerequisite: COB 204.

CIS 304. Information Technology

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An intermediate-level systems course. Emphasis is placed in the inner workings of computer hardware including peripherals, operation systems and application programming concepts, data storage concepts, computer security and ethics. Prerequisite: Admission to College of Business or declared CIS minor.

CIS/CS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction and cases in the design, development and management of telecommunications topics and office information processing. Prerequisite: CIS 304 or ISAT 242 or CS 139 or declared CIS minor.

CIS 324. COBOL Programming Language

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction and practical experience in designing and writing COBOL programs using structured methodology. Problems are directed toward business applications using the Common Business Oriented Language. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in IT 221.

CIS 331. Intermediate Computer Programming

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of concepts and techniques used in structured programming for business applications including program specification, design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Topics include report processing, file processing and updating, programming for batch and interactive environments, data validation, array processing and software engineering principles. Prerequisites: CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or declared CIS minor. Corequisite: CIS 304.

CIS 344. C Programming Language

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction and practical experience in designing and writing C programs using structured methodology. Problems include interactive and file-oriented business applications using the C language. Prerequisites: CIS 221 with a grade of “C” or better.

CIS 354. Advanced Visual Basic Programming

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Advanced course in Visual Basic programming. Emphasis will be placed on Object-Oriented programming, sequential and random data files and error trapping. Other topics covered will include data access objects, client server, printing in VB and Crystal Reports. Prerequisite: CIS 221 with a grade of “C” or better.

OM 360. Operations Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the operations function in business. Topics include facility design, job analysis and design, forecasting, production planning, quality management, inventory management, scheduling and project management. Prerequisites: CIS/COB 291 and junior standing.

CIS 361. Database for End Users

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course investigates the strategic uses and issues related to databases in the general business environment. Students use database software to generate reports, forms and queries. Prerequisite: CIS 221.

MS 363. Simulation

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A course in simulation modeling and analysis that provides students with a foundation in the concepts, methodologies, and applications of simulation within the business environment. Construction and validation of models, random number generation, and statistical analysis of simulation output are emphasized through the use of spreadsheet-based software for risk analysis and a commercial software package for more complex systems simulations. Prerequisites: COB 291 or equivalent and junior standing.

CIS 364. Decision Support Systems

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Provides students with understanding of expert systems development from application selection through implementation and maintenance. Students gain hands-on experience in using an expert system shell to develop an expert system for a business application. Related topics such as PROLOG and neural networks are introduced. Prerequisites: CIS 304 and CIS 221 or declared CIS minor.

CIS 366. Web Development

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course is an introduction to the development of web pages and web sites. The three major topics covered are HyperText Markup Language (HTML), the principles of design for web sites and the use of a programming language for web development. Prerequisite: CIS 221.

CIS/MKTG 370. Electronic Commerce

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course examines commercial opportunities created by information technology. It studies the enabling technology infrastructure and its application to fundamental business processes and strategies in pursuing electronic commerce initiatives. Prerequisite: COB 300.

MS/MGT 370. Quality Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the management of quality in organization. Topics include statistical quality control, the design of quality management systems, implementation, measurement and management issues in quality programs. Prerequisites: COB 300 and junior standing.

CIS 383. Introduction to Unix and Perl

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction and practical experience in designing and coding application software for business functions using Unix and Perl. Prequisites: CIS 221 or CS 139 and junior standing or declared CIS minor.

MS 391. Selected Topics in Management Science

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An intermediate course that examines selected models of management science with emphasis on the model building process and the application of mathematical modeling to business problems. The use of spreadsheet tools is illustrated in many of the solution procedures. Prerequisites: COB 291 or equivalent and junior standing.

MS 393. Data Analysis and Experimental Design in Business Applications

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course focuses on the problems of analyzing real data using applied statistical concepts and developing valid experimental designs for the collection of data to be used in business applications. The course will use current statistical software and focus on use of existing data sets. The focus will be on presentation of results and critical analysis of experimental results. Prerequisite: COB 291.

CIS 404. Advanced Computer Information Systems

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction and cases in the design, development and management of information systems. Emphasis is placed on the managerial implementation of information systems through case analysis which will stress hands-on microcomputer usage in a problem-solving environment. Prerequisites: CIS 304 and IT 221 or declared CIS minor.

CIS 420. Computer-Based Networking

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to computer-based networks that incorporates data, voice and video traffic between computer systems and users. Topics include the theory, design and operation of local area networks, wide area networks and private branch exchange systems. Prerequisite: CIS 320.

CIS 424. Computer Security Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Instruction and discussion in the design, development and implementation of a computer security program including legal and ethical considerations. Prerequisites: CIS 221 and CIS 304.

OM 426. Supply Chain Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Supply Chain Management is the integration of the intra- and inter-company processes through which goods and services are delivered to customers. Topics include planning and designing the supply chain, managing materials, supply chain information systems, supply chain e-business, and managing relationships among the participants. Prerequisite: COB 300.

CIS 430. Database Design and Application

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A study of the tools and techniques of database analysis and design including the implementation of the design using common database management system models. Not open to students who have taken CS 474. Prerequisite: CIS 221 and senior standing or declared CIS minor.

CIS 434. Information Technology Consulting

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course investigates the tools used by and skills necessary for information technology consultants. The class will use a team-oriented project approach. Teams will be assigned professional consulting firms as manager/mentors and will work with their manager/mentor firm to complete projects that cover each phase of the consulting life cycle. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MS 450. Issues in Operations Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A capstone course for operations management majors. Focus is on the integration of the disciplines of management and decision sciences to a variety of problem situations. Extensive use of case studies, field trips, and applied projects develop problem-solving expertise at the strategic, tactical and operating levels in both manufacturing and service organizations. Prerequisite: MS/MGT 370, MS 426, MS 481 or permission of the program director.

CIS 454. Systems Analysis and Design

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An introduction to the techniques of systems analysis and design. Emphasizes concept of system life cycle and importance of users in system design. Prerequisite: declared CIS minor. Corequisite: CIS 430.

CIS 466. Advanced Web Development

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course provides students with understanding and practical experience in server-side programming issues for Web-enabled database and E-commerce application development. Principal topics include receiving and responding to requests from browsers, connecting to database servers via middleware software, and scripting business rules and application logic on a web server. E-commerce business issues, security implementations, and object-oriented design are also covered. Prerequisites: CIS 366 and CIS 430 (CIS 430 can be taken concurrently) or declared CIS minor.

OM 481. Operations Planning and Control

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The design and management of planning and control systems for manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include advanced issues in MRP, JIT, capacity planning, scheduling, demand management, forecasting, inventory management and logistics. Case studies, simulation and projects are used to develop and analyze planning and control activities in business organizations. Prerequisites: COB 300 and junior standing.

MS 483. Strategic Decision Making

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A course in decision analysis that provides students with an overall framework and a set of quantitative techniques that can be used to construct and analyze models of decision problems with an emphasis on business applications. Spreadsheet-based software tools are integrated throughout the decision analysis process. Prerequisites: COB 291 or equivalent and junior standing.

CIS 484. Advanced Computer Programming

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Study of architectural issues encountered in the development of enterprise-level systems, use of object-oriented development tools and methods, object library maintenance, and the implementation of systems in either a client-server or e-commerce environment. Projects will include database driven solutions, GUI design, and object communication. Prerequisites: CIS 331 with a grade of “C” or better, IT 430 with a grade of “C” or better and CIS 454 with a grade of “C” or better.

CIS/MS 490. Special Studies in Information Technology and Management Sciences

1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An advanced course in information and/or decision sciences designed to give qualified students an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: Senior standing, recommendation of the instructor and written approval of the director prior to registration.

CIS/MS 496. Internship in Information Technology and Management Science

3 credits. Credit/No credit. Offered fall and spring

An advanced course designed to give supervised practical experience in an operating data processing environment. Does not count toward the major. May be repeated. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisites: CIS/MS major and permission of the director.

CIS 498. Special Topics in Computer Information Systems

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An advanced course designed to allow exploration of current topics in information and/or decision sciences. Course content will vary. See your adviser for current content. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MS 498. Special Topics in Management Science

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An advanced course designed to allow exploration of current topics in information and/or decision sciences. Course content will vary. See your adviser for current content. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIS/OM 499. Honors

6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Year course.


Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

CS 100. Introduction to BASIC

2 credits

Introduction to computing using Visual BASIC. This course is not open to students who have previously earned credit in CS 139 or equivalent.

CS 110. Introduction to Computer Professionalism and Ethics

1 credit

Seminar for freshman and transfer students focusing on professional and ethical issues in computer science. Topics include Computer Science degree requirements, the computer science profession, ethics of computing professionals, protection of software, Internet security and privacy issues, and current issues in computer science.

CS 139. Algorithm Development (3, 2)

4 credits

Students learn fundamental problem-solving techniques using computer software tools that support algorithm development and procedural abstraction to analyze a domain and create reusable software applications.

CS/MATH 227-228. Discrete Structures I-II

3 credits each semester

An introduction to discrete mathematical structures including functions, relations, sets, logic, matrices, elementary number theory, proof techniques, basics of counting, graphic theory, discrete probability, digital logic, finite state machines, integer and floating point representations. Prerequisite for CS/MATH 228: CS/MATH 227.

CS 238. Software Application Development (3, 2)

4 credits

Fundamentals of the computer software development process, with emphasis on using a program development environment to create and combine algorithms and data structures specified in a high-level programming language.

CS 239. Advanced Computer Programming (3, 2)

4 credits

Students use various advanced problem-solving strategies to develop algorithms using classes and objects. Students also learn how to implement and use elementary data structures, including character strings, records, files, stacks and queues. Prerequisite: CS 139 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

CS 240. Algorithms and Data Structures

3 credits

Students learn to implement and analyze elementary data structures and the basic complexity classes of algorithms that use strategies such as greedy algorithms, divide-and-conquer algorithms and backtracking algorithms. This analysis is especially applied to problems in searching, sorting and parsing. Prerequisite or corequisite: CS 252 or CS/MATH 228; Prerequisites: CS 239 and ISAT or CS major or minor status.

CS 252. Discrete Structures

3 credits

Introduction to the mathematical structures used in computer science. Topics include logic and set theory, algebraic structures, automata theory and computability. Prerequisite: CS 139 or CS 238.

CS 274. Introduction to Databases

3 credits

Students learn how to design and implement a normalized relational database. Emphasis is on the practical construction of an interactive database using graphical user interfaces and report generation.

CS 280. Projects in Computer Science

1-3 credits

Projects or topics in computer science which are of interest to the lower division student. May be repeated for credit when course content changes. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: Students should consult the instructor prior to enrolling for the course.

CS/CIS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing

3 credits. Offered fall and spring.

Instruction and cases in the design, development and management of telecommunications topics and office information processing. Prerequisite: CIS 304, ISAT 242, CS 139 or declared CIS minor.

CS 340. Assembly Language Programming

3 credits

Principles of assembly language programming. Assembly language contrasted with machine language. Assembly directives, conditional assembly and macros. Design of a two-pass assembler. The material in this course is useful for those interested in machine design, operating systems, embedded computer systems and microcontrollers and other areas which require low-level knowledge of computer operation. Prerequisite: CS 139 or CS 238.

CS/ISAT 344. Intelligent Systems

3 credits

In-depth introduction to current and future intelligent systems, including expert systems, neural networks, hybrid intelligent systems and other intelligent system technologies and their development, uses and limitations. Prerequisites: CS 239 or ISAT 340.

CS/ISAT 345. Software Engineering

3 credits

Study of means for the development and maintenance of high quality software products delivered on time and within budget. Topics include requirements analysis and specification, software design, implementation, testing, maintenance, project management, ethics, and the responsibilities of software engineering professionals. Prerequisites: ISAT or CS major or minor standing and CS 239 or ISAT 340 with sophomore standing.

CS 347. Web-Based Information Systems

3 credits

This course covers the design and development of applications intended for deployment over the World Wide Web. Students will examine Web protocols, the architecture of Web-based applications, the languages and facilities with which they are developed, and related issues such as security and reliability. Students will also work in teams using a representative suite of development tools and languages to design and construct a simple client/server application that includes a GUI and a database interface. Prerequisites: CS 239 and CS 345.

CS 349. Developing Interactive Multimedia

3 credits

Students learn the concepts of multimedia, the issues in designing multimedia to interact effectively with users, the performance and speed issues in designing multimedia and how to implement interactive multimedia applications. Prerequisite: CS 240.

CS 350. Computer Organization

3 credits

Students learn how a computer works through principles of hierarchical computer organization, hardware (including registers, busses and arithmetic logic units) machine instruction sets, addressing techniques, input/output processing and interrupt handling. Students are introduced to the Unix operating system. As part of this course, students will be provided with a version of Unix to install on a personal computer. Prerequisite or corequisite: CS 252 or CS/MATH 228; Prerequisites: CS 239 and ISAT or CS major or minor status.

CS 371. Introductory Digital Electronics (2, 4)

2 credits

Transistors, integrated circuits, logic families, gates, latches, decoders, multiplexers, multivibrators, counters and displays. Prerequisite: CS 350.

CS 372. Microcontrollers and Their Applications. (2, 4)

2 credits

Microcontrollers, their instructions, architecture and applications. Prerequisite: CS 371.

CS 373. Interfacing Microcomputers (2, 4)

2 credits

A personal computer and its input/output bus, input/output functions, commercially available devices, proto-typing circuit boards and programs for device control. Prerequisite: CS 371.

CS 430. Programming Languages

3 credits

Several actual programming languages are studied in terms of the fundamental principles of computer programming language design, including object-oriented programming, functional programming, concurrent programming and logic programming. Prerequisites: CS 240 and CS 350.

CS 444. Artificial Intelligence

3 credits

Students will study the history, premises, goals, social impact and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence. Students will study heuristic algorithms for large state spaces and learn to develop recursive and non-deterministic algorithms. Prerequisites: CS 344 and either CS 240 or ISAT 340.

CS 446. Software Analysis and Design

3 credits

Contemporary software analysis and design methods, tools, notations, techniques, processes, principles and practices. Students solve analysis and design problems alone or in teams and present their work to their peers and the instructor. Prerequisites: CS 240 and CS 345.

CS/MATH 448-449. Numerical Mathematics and Computer Applications

3 credits each semester

Numerical solutions and error analysis of typical problems such as finding zeros of nonlinear functions, solving systems of linear and nonlinear equations, interpolation, approximation, integration, solving ordinary differential equations, optimization and Monte Carlo methods. Prerequisites for CS/MATH 448: MATH 237, MATH 300 and either CS 238 or MATH 248. Prerequisites for CS/MATH 449: CS/MATH 448 and MATH 336.

CS 450. Operating Systems

3 credits

Systems programming and operating systems. Network environments, windowing environments, user interfaces. Memory management, process management, file system management and device management. Prerequisite: CS 350.

CS 452. Design and Analysis of Algorithms

3 credits

An introduction to the analysis, design and theory of algorithms. Algorithms studied will be selected from searching, sorting and graph theory. Included are elements of counting, recurrence relations, direct and indirect proofs, recursion, complexity classes, language theory, decidability and undecidability. Prerequisites: CS 240 and CS 252.

CS 454. Internship in Computer Science

1-3 credits

An advanced course to give supervised practical experience in a professional computing environment. May be taken multiple times for credit, but no more than three credits may be used in the Computer Science Program graduation requirements. Prerequisites: Junior standing, major in computer science and permission of the instructor.

CS 457. Information Security

3 credits

This course covers the basic issues of information system security. The roles of planning, management, policies, procedures, and personnel in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information are described. Specific threats (malicious code, network attacks, and hostile content) and widely used countermeasures (access control, mechanisms, firewalls, intrusion detection systems) are also discussed. Prerequisite: CS 450.

CS/ISAT 460. Local Area Networks

3 credits

An overview of LAN hardware, LAN topology and design, and LAN protocols. Installation and management of LAN operating systems and LAN services (address management, name management, file and print sharing, account management). Prerequisite: CS 350 or IT 320 or equivalent.

CS/ISAT 461. Internetworking

3 credits

Wide Area Network (WAN) and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) design. Audio, voice, data and TV transmission over ATM/B-ISDN networks. The SONET signal hierarchy and Q3 standard interface model. Network security. Performance analysis of a given network. Prerequisite: CS/ISAT 460.

CS/ISAT 462. Network Applications Development

3 credits

Design and implementation of network-based applications using languages and architectures such as sockets, JAVA, TL1 and CORBA. Concepts in distributed processing, including synchronization of interprocess communication and management of replicated data. Analysis of performance issues related to distributed applications. Prerequisites: CS 239 or IT 344, and CS/ISAT 460.

CS/ISAT 463. Network Analysis and Design

3 credits

In-depth introduction to the techniques and tools used to design and analyze computer and telecommunications networks. Overview of issues related to network performance, including the impact on cost, reliability and security. Prerequisites: CS/ISAT 460 and CS 239 or ISAT 340.

CS/ISAT 464. Issues in the Telecommunications Business

3 credits

Addresses complex business concepts and issues in the telecommunications industry. Explores the interrelation of the economics of the telecommunications industry with ensuing social, ethical and security issues. Discusses topics in product and service creation, marketing, customer service and billing, and electronic commerce. Prerequisites: IT 320 and SMAD 356, and ISAT 340 or equivalent.

CS 474. Database Design and Application

3 credits

Students study database design and management with emphasis placed on data definition languages, data manipulation languages, query languages and on management of the database environment. Prerequisite: CS 345 or CS 274 or ISAT 340.

CS 475. Distributed Database Management

3 credits

Students learn the concepts of client-server architectures and other aspects that arise in the design of distributed systems. Prerequisite: CS 474.

CS 480. Selected Topics in Computer Science

1-3 credits

Topics in computer science which are of interest but not otherwise covered in the regular computer science offerings of the department. Offered only with the approval of the department head; may be repeated for credit when course content changes. Prerequisite: CS 239. Topics selected may dictate further prerequisites; students should consult the instructor prior to enrolling for course.

CS 482. Selected Topics in Information Security

1-3 credits

Topics in information security. Offered only with the approval of the department head; may be repeated for credit when course content changes. Prerequisite: CS 240 and CS 350. Topics selected may dictate further prerequisites; students should consult the instructor prior to enrolling for the course.

CS 488. Computer Graphics Applications

3 credits

This course develops a computer graphics application package based on standard graphics functions as well as attributes of a graphical user interface. It includes experience in applying interactive computer graphics techniques to industrial problems. Prerequisites: CS 240 and CS 350.

CS 497. Independent Study

1-3 credits

An advanced course to give independent study experience under faculty supervision. May be taken multiple times for credit, but no more than three credits may be used in the Computer Science Program graduation requirements. Prerequisites: Junior standing, major in computer science and permission of the program coordinator.

CS 499. Honors

6 credits

Year course.