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|Dr. Malcolm Lane, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-2770
Web site: http://www.cs.jmu.edu
P. Cushman, C. Fox, S. Frysinger, J. Harris, M. Heydari, M. Lane, J. Marchal, R. Mata-Toledo
C. Abzug, E. Adams, D. Bernstein, R. Grove, R. Prieto-Diaz, S. Redwine, B. Tjaden
M. Aboutabl, F. Buchholz, M. Norton, R. Tucker, S. Wang
H. Daughtrey, N. Harris
|Mission Statement||Degree and Major Requirements|
|Co-curricular Activities and Organizations||U.S. Government Requirements for Computer Scientists|
|Preparation Period for the Computer Science Major||Minor Requirements|
|To help persons discover whether they have ability and interest in computing, and to empower those who do to extend the application of computers to the problems of society.|
|The program puts students in the middle of the exploding information revolution where they study technological advances such as object-oriented software, communication networks, multimedia systems, information security and artificial intelligence. Students learn about computing technologies used by today’s professionals and how to use these technologies to solve real-world problems. They learn to analyze problems, design solutions, implement solutions using multiple computing technologies, test and install those solutions, and communicate those solutions to others in written and verbal presentations.|
|Co-curricular Activities and Organizations|
|The James Madison University Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery is the local student chapter of the national association for computing professionals. The JMU chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society in computer science, recognizes outstanding academic achievement by students and outstanding contributions to education by faculty.|
|Preparation Period for the Computer Science Major|
|Students wishing to major in Computer Science select CS (prep) as their major and then begin a preparation period of one or two semesters at James Madison University. The computer science course(s) taken during this period will allow the student to become familiar with the discipline and allow the faculty to become acquainted with the student. After this preparation period the student must apply to the CS department to become eligible to take the more advanced courses needed to continue the program and complete the major. Normally, students submit their application during the same semester that they take CS 239. Specific details on this process can be found on the department’s Web site.|
|Degree and Major Requirements|
|Bachelor of Science in Computer Science|
The credit/no-credit option may not be applied to any courses specifically listed above, nor may that option be applied to Computer Science electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all courses used to satisfy the above requirements.
|Periodically, the department may offer a collection of two or more advanced courses in a particular area of study. Students successfully completing those courses will obtain a certificate in that area of study. Examples of possible certificate programs include networking, software engineering and information security.|
|U.S. Government Requirements for Computer Scientists|
|The U.S. government standard for occupational category GS-1550: Computer Science Series includes a requirement of 15 hours in statistics and mathematics including differential and integral calculus. This means that students considering a career as a computer scientist with the U.S. government (including DoD, NASA, etc.) must complete more math courses than the minimum requirement for a B.S. degree. Recommended calculus sequence for these students are MATH 235-236, or MATH 231-232-236. However, only the U.S. Office of Personnel Management can give final approval of individual qualifications.|
|Computer Science Minor|