The CS Undergraduate Databook


                        Read this First!

                        Computer Science Program Philosophy

                        Computer Science Major & Admission to the Program

                        Contracts for a Computer Science Major

                        Requirements for a Computer Science Major

                            - Core Computer Science

                            - Core non-Computer Science

                            - CS Electives

                         Prerequisites and Brief Notes on Courses

                            - Core Computer Science Courses

                            - Core Non-Computer Science Courses

                        Computer Science Electives

                                    - 1991 Policy Statement and Additions

                                    - Approved Computer Science Electives

                                    - Exceptions to Elective Policy

                        University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

                        Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

                                    - College 47 hour rule

                        General Studies & General Education

                        Requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree

                        University Policy on Repeating Courses

                        University Withdrawal Policy

                        The Minor and Certificate Programs

                        To enter the Minor or Certificate Programs

                        Requirements for Minor and Certificate Programs

                        Cooperative Education in Computer Science

                        Student Disciplinary Matters

                        Some Computer User Responsibilities

                        Additional Information including Policy Exceptions



                                              Read This First!


Computer Science Program Philosophy


The computer science program at The University of Akron has many roles to play both on and off campus.  A primary goal of the program is the education of students to fulfill needs in industrial, commercial, government, and university environments. Such a diversity of settings requires that the students have a strong foundation in the field of computer science so as to be capable of productive work anywhere.  As a consequence we stress the following:


 (a) A student must learn the concepts underlying many different solutions to problems. Only by knowing these concepts can a student extend the knowledge gained in school into new situations.


(b) A purely theoretical understanding is insufficient; the student must also be able to implement the concepts in a variety of environments.  Every course in our curriculum requires the student to write computer programs.  The student will use a variety of computer languages, hardware, and operating systems.  The range of environments extends from machine language programming on a single board computer using a simple monitor up to writing applications software under UNIX on a parallel processor.


(c) The ability to express oneself is an absolute necessity.  Programming requires the ability to write in a formal system; the student must also be able to write in English.  Comments, documentation, and program descriptions are an essential part of programming assignments.  In addition many courses require the student to write an expository paper on one aspect of the course.  Typically a course is fairly broad in the discussion of topics; an expository paper requires the student to research and write about some topic in depth.


(d) In a field as rapidly changing as computer science, remaining up-to-date is an essential aspect of professionalism.  Students are encouraged to read professional journals, join and be active in professional societies and to develop the ability to learn on their own.  Education does not end on graduation day; it must continue into the future.


(e) As computers continue to affect more aspects of everyday life, the consequences of inappropriate or unethical behavior become more severe.  The students must be aware of what is considered ethical and legal behavior, as well as the consequences of violations of such norms.


Computer Science Major & Admission to the Program


The Department of Computer Science at the University of Akron offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.  An option within that degree program is to participate in the Cooperative Education program (details given later in this document.)


This degree includes the courses necessary for breadth in computer science and the ability to select courses in areas of interest to the student.  The degree also provides the foundation in computer science necessary for a computer science major wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science.


The College of Arts and Sciences imposes some requirements that the student must satisfy before an inter-college transfer can be completed. In addition, to transfer into the Department, a student must have completed 3460:210 Data Structures and Algorithms I and 3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I with grades of at least a C.


Contracts for a Computer Science Major


The student who wishes to major in Computer Science can make an appointment with an advisor in the Department of Computer Science and sign a contract as soon as the student is qualified to transfer from University college into Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.  Currently to transfer into the Department, a student must have completed 3460:209 Introduction to Computer Science, 3460:210 Data Structures & Algorithms I, 3450:208 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics and 3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I with grades of at least a C. In an area of concentration which changes as rapidly as Computer Science, the curriculum changes frequently.  The student is expected to complete the requirements within 5 years of the date of transfer. The date of signing of the contract does not affect this time period.  In practice, if the student has been regularly taking courses during that time period, an extension is generally allowed; this extension may be important to you if you attend classes on a part-time basis.


                        Requirements for a Computer Science major


                                    Core Computer Science


                        Course  Hours   Course Name

                        3460:209             4.0      Introduction to Computer Science

                        3460:210             4.0      Data Structures & Algorithms I

                        3460:306             4.0      Assembly and System Programming

                        3460:307             3.0      Internet Systems Programming

                        3460:316             3.0      Data Structures & Algorithms II

                        3460:421            3.0      Object-Oriented Programming

                        3460:426             3.0      Operating Systems

                        3460:430             3.0      Theory of Programming Languages

                        3460:465             3.0      Computer 0rganization

                        3460:480             3.0      Software Engineering

                        3460:490             3.0      Senior Seminar


                        Total                 36.0 Hours  (28 at 300/400 level)


                                    Core non-Computer Science


                        Course  Hours   Course Name

                        3450:208             4.0      Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

                        3450:221             4.0      Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

                        3450:222             4.0      Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

                        3470:461             4.0      Applied Statistics


                        Total                 16.0 Hours    (8 at 300/400 level; 3450:222 counts here)


                                                 CS Electives


12.0                                    Four (4) approved computer science electives

(at most one of these can be 300-level)


                        Total                 12.0 Hours    (12 at 300/400 level)


Overall Total                 64.0 Hours     (48 at 300/400 level)




Prerequisites and Brief Notes on Courses

                                    Core Computer Science Courses:


****** Note:  All prerequisites must be satisfied with grades of at least C-  ******


209    Introduction to Computer Science  (4 hours)

Prerequisites:3450:145 College Algebra or 3450:149 Precalculus Mathematics with grade of C- or better or placement

An introduction to computer programming theory and practice using C++.  Good program structure, modular design, and documentation are emphasized.  There is also a laboratory component to this course which is held in CAS 241. It is suggested that student enroll concurrently in 3450:208 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics.  This is a prerequisite for 210 below.


210    Data Structures and Algorithms I              (4 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:209 & 3450:208 with grades of C- or better

A continuation of the study of programming theory and practice studied in Introduction to Computer Science.  There is an emphasis on object-oriented thinking and techniques. Some elementary data structures and their implementation are introduced.  There is also a laboratory component to this course which is held in CAS 241. This is a prerequisite for 306 and 316 below.


306  Assembly and System Programming              (4 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:210 with grade of C- or better

Basic computer organization, digital logic, and data representation. Programming in assembly and C languages on a typical digital computer.   This is a prerequisite for 465 below.


307 Internet Systems Programming         (3 hours)

Prerequisite: 3460:210 with grade of C- or better  

An introduction to Web-based and internet programming.  Topics may vary, but typically include HTML, XML, CGI, Perl, and/or JavaScript.


316 Data Structures  & Algorithms II     (3 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:210 and 3450:221 with grades of C- or better

Topics include graphs and graph algorithms, external sorting, hashing, advanced tree and file structures.  Analysis of the complexity of algorithms is emphasized.  It is recommended that this course be completed prior to taking any 400-level computer science course.


421/521 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming                   (3 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Object-oriented design, analysis, and programming using different development models. Comparison with other programming paradigms.


426/526 Operating Systems                   (3 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:306 and 3460:316 with grades of C- or better

While studying about operating systems, what they do and how they do it, students will each write an operating system to run on a PC-class microprocessor.


430/530 Theory of Programming Languages       (3 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Students are introduced to more advanced concepts underlying programming languages and their applications, to formal definitions of programming languages, Backus Normal Form, semantics, and compiler design.  Recently students have written programs in a variety of languages including Standard ML.  A research paper may be required.


465/565 Computer Architecture(3 hours)

Prerequisite: 3460:306 with grade of C- or better or 4450:280 or 4450:330

The student is introduced to the hardware organization of the computer through an in-depth study of the architecture of a particular computer systems family.  This includes the study of the organization of the register, processor, and systems levels of the computer.


3460:480 Software Engineering                                      (3 hours)

Prerequisite: 3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Introduction to formal software specification and validation. Introduction of methodologies and tools of design, development and validation, and maintenance.

3460:490 Senior Seminar in Computer Science                            (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 30 credit hours of 3460 courses

Professional software development, surviving “Mission Impossible” porjects, computer ethics, intellectual property rights (patents and copyrights), and other current topics.



                        Required Core Non-Computer Science Courses:


****** Note:  All prerequisites must be satisfied with grades of at least C-  ******


3450:208 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics   (4 hours)

Prerequisite: 3450:145 or 3450:149 with grade of C- or better or placement

Students are introduced to mathematical concepts required for an understanding of computer science.  Subjects introduced include sets and number systems, logic and Boolean algebra, relations and functions, counting principles, recursion and induction, matrices, graph and trees.

3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I                   (4 hours)

Prerequisite:  3450:149 with grade of C- or better or placement. 

Course topics include real numbers, analytic geometry, limits, continuity, derivatives of algebraic functions, tangent and normal lines, extrema of functions, Rolle's theorem, mean value theorem, related rates, antiderivatives, definite integrals, areas, volumes, and arc length.


3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II                  (4 hours)

Prerequisite: 3450:221 with grade of C- or better or placement.

Course topics include derivatives of exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, hyperbolic and inverse hyperbolic functions; methods of integration; moments; centroids; indeterminate forms; polar coordinates; sequences; series; power series; Taylor, Maclaurin, and binomial series.


3470:461/561 Applied Statistics  I                          (4 hours)

Prerequisite: 3450:222 with grade of C- or better

Students study the application of statistical theory to sciences (natural and physical) and engineering.  Topics studied are probability distributions, interval estimation, hypotheses testing (parametric and nonparametric), simple linear regression and correlation.


                                    Computer Science Electives


1991 Policy Statement and Additions

1.    The following courses are approved as CS electives:

a)    any course numbered 3460:4xx which is not a required course for the program,

excluding 3460:489 and 497 which require approval on a case-by-case basis
(Note: 3460:401 and 3460:406 are not acceptable electives)

b)    3460:307 unless already required in the program

c)    3450:427, 428, 430

d)    3470:480


2.    No more than one course with a department number other than 3460 may be counted as a CS elective.  The exception to this rule is that both 3450:427 and 428 may be counted.


3.    A student wishing to use some other course as a CS elective must obtain approval for such use.  Normally only courses which are substantially the same as a course offered within our department may be used as a substitute.

2002 addition to policy

A student may take the Cisco Networking sequence (2440:201, 202, 203, and 204) to be counted as one of the CS electives.

2004 addition to policy

A student may take 3450:489 Scientific Workplace as a CS elective. Note that this applies only to this specific topics course; any other 3450:489 topics course requires separate approval.

2005 addition to policy

A student may take 3350:405 Geographic Information Systems or 3350:407 Advanced GIS as a CS elective.

2008 addition to policy

A student may take 3450:413 Theory of Numbers as a CS elective.





Approved Computer Science Electives:


******  Note:  3460: 401 and 406 are NOT acceptable CS electives; they are service courses ******


3460:408 Introduction to Windows Programming             (3 hours)

Prerequisite: 3460:208 or 210 or 406 with grade of C- or better or permission

Windows operating systems, integrated development environment, event-driven programming, graphical user interface design, object libraries, component object model, object linking, embedding, client-server objects.


3460:418 Introduction to Discrete Structures

Prerequisite: 3460:210 with grade of C- or better  Strongly recommended: 3460:316

A continuation of the study of discrete mathematics begun in 3450:208, this course studies the application of discrete mathematics theory and practice to computers and computing.



3460:428 UNIX System Programming    (3 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:316 with grade of C- or better

An overview of the UNIX operating system is presented.  Topics include shell programming, process management, processor management, storage management, scheduling algorithms, resource protection, and system programming


3460:435 Analysis of Algorithms                         (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 & 3460:418 with grades of C- or better

The design and analysis of efficient algorithms for random access machines and the derivation of pattern classification algorithms is explored.


3460:440 Compiler Design                                (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 with grade of C- or better

The techniques used in writing and modifying compilers are studied.  These include translation, loading, execution, symbol tables and storage allocation, the compilation of simple expressions and statements.  The organization of a compiler for handling lexical scan, syntax scan, object code generation, error diagnostics and code optimization is included.  The use of compiler writing languages and boot-strapping are also explored.  This course requires a project involving compiler writing.


3460:445 Introduction to Bioinformatics                (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Introduce major themes in bioinformatics. Topics include concepts of molecular genetics, biological databases, database searching, sequence alignments, phylogenetic trees, structure prediction, and microarray data analysis.


3460:446 Introduction to Bioinformatics Laboraroty                (1 hour)

Laboratory course investigating basic tools currently available for biological database searching, sequence alignments, phylogenetic tree construction, protein structure prediction and microarray analysis.


3460:453 Computer Security                 (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Principles of computer security - cryptography, authentications, secure network protocols, intrusion detection and countermeasures.


3460:455 Data Communication and Networks                (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 with grade of C- or better

This course provides an introduction to data communications, teleprocessing, networks, codes, modes of transmission, errors, and protocols.


3460:457 Computer Graphics                                          (3 hours)

Prerequisites: 3460:316 with grade of C- or betterwith grade of C- or better and knowledge of C.

The topics explored include vector graphics, scan line graphics, representations and languages for graphics.


3460:460 Artificial Intelligence & Heuristic Programming             (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 with grade of C- or better

A study is made of various programs which have displayed some intelligent behavior The level at which computers can display intelligence is explored.

3460:463 Pervasive Computing             (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Computing from a wire-less perspective. Topics include protocols, algorithms, security and sensor networks.

3460:467 Microprocessor Programming and Interfacing   (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:306 & 3460:316 with grades of C- or better

This is a detailed study of a particular microprocessor architecture and instruction set.  Standard device interface components are explored, as are real-time programming concepts. Course involves programming on a single board computer


3460:468 Mobile Robotics   (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Introduction to history, hardware and software components, and design of autonomous mobile robots. Multiple projects involving both physical robots and software emulation.


3460:470 Automata, Computability and Formal Lang        (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  3460:418 with grade of C- or better

The theories of formal languages and their relation to automata are presented.  Topics include the description of languages, regular context-free and context-sensitive grammars; finite, pushdown and linear-bounded automata; Turing machines; closure properties; computational complexity, stack automata and decidability.


3460:475 Database Management                                    (3 hours)

Prerequisite: 3460:316 with grade of C- or better

Students are introduced to the functions of a database through the study of a variety of data models (inverted file, relational, network) and programming assignments in each of these data models.  Normal forms, the E-R model, relational algebra, the hierarchical model, and mapping a conceptual model to a real DBMS are also included. Students prepare a database design for an imaginary business enterprise.


3460:477 Introduction to Parallel Processing                                    (3 hours)

Prerequisite: 3460:316 with grade of C- or better and knowledge of C

Commercial processors: past and present. Parallel languages, models of parallel computation, parallel algorithm design and performance evaluation. Parallel paradigms with relation to real world applications.


3460:489 Topics in Computer Science

These are offered intermittently and differ widely.  Whether a course is a qualified Computer Science elective will be determined individually as such courses are offered.

  Exceptions to Elective Policy

Students wishing to use some other course as a Computer Science elective should get prior permission from the Department Chair in the Department of  Computer Science.  If the student hopes to take another course, perhaps at a college or university near his/her home during the summer, the student should obtain detailed information about the course in order that it may be evaluated.  The information should include the text used, the criteria used to evaluation the student’s performance in the course and, if possible, the syllabus of the course.  This must be done prior to taking the course.


University Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree

The candidate for a baccalaureate degree must:

1. File an application for graduation with the registrar.  Dates for filing: May 15 for winter graduation; Sept. 15 for spring graduation, and Feb. 15 for summer graduation.

2. Earn a minimum of 128 credits with a minimum 2.00 grade-point average as computed by the Office of the Registrar for work attempted at the University consistent with the Repeating Courses policy. (See next page for Repeating Courses policy.)

3. Meet all degree requirements which were in force at the time a transfer is made to a degree-granting college.  If a student has transferred to another major, the degree requirements in effect at the time of such a transfer must be met.

4. Be approved for graduation by the faculty of Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, the University Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees.

5. Complete the requirements for a degree in not more than five years from the time of transfer as defined below.  In the event that the student fails to complete such requirements in five years, the University reserves the right to make changes in the number of credits and/or courses required for a degree.

6. The date of transfer for a student in a baccalaureate program will be the date that the student is accepted by the degree-granting college.

7. The last 32 credits in the baccalaureate degree must be earned at The University of Akron unless excused in writing by the dean of Buchtel College of Arts and sciences.

8. At least 32 credits must be earned at The University of Akron.

9. If a student who has transferred from another institution wishes to present for the student's major less than 14 credits earned at The University of Akron, the signatures of both the Dean of Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and the Chair of the Department of Computer Science is required.

10. The student must discharge all other obligations to the University. (This can include such items as paying parking tickets and returning overdue library books.)

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

1. Complete General Education Requirements

2. Completion of a total of 47 credit hours of 300/400 level courses in addition to those required for the General Education.  Workshops and additional General Education courses may not be used to attain this total. (see the section on the 47-hour rule below.)

3. Demonstration of the ability to use English and another language.  This demonstration usually takes the form of completing the English Composition series (3300:111, 112) for English.  For the second language, competency is shown by completing the second year of a foreign language on the University level or by demonstrating an equivalent competence through a test approved by the Department of Modern Languages.

4.  student must complete the requirements for his/her major field of study which are the requirements of the Computer Science Major.  The Department of Computer Science must then recommend that the student be granted a degree.

5. The student must achieve at least a 2.0 grade point in all courses taken in his/her major field at the University of Akron.  In the case of Computer Science this means all courses in Mathematics (3450), Computer Science (3460), and Statistics (3470). For students entering the department Fall 2004 or thereafter, the calculation is done using only Computer Science (3460) courses.  

6. The student must meet all the University requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

                                    College 47-hour Rule

The requirement that the student complete a minimum of 47 credit hours of 300/400-level courses has a special case that applies to Computer Science students: 3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II is included in the total.

General Studies & General Education Requirements

(Check with the Department Chair for information about General Studies Requirements which apply to students who started their college or university education prior to Fall 1994)

General Education courses are those courses required by the university in order to insure that students have some breadth in their education in addition to depth in their major subject. For the most current information concerning courses that may be taken to satisfy specific areas, check the University Undergraduate Bulletin.

To insure that students develop the ability to express themselves and present their ideas to others, each student must take

Oral Communications: 3 credits

                        7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking             (3 hours) or

                        7600:106 Effective Oral Communication             (3 hours)

To train students in written communication in order that they may express their thoughts through the written word with clarity and some style, students are required to take

English Composition: 7 credits - 2 courses

                        3300:111 English Composition I (4 hours)

                        3300:112 English Composition II (3 hours)

Because even the most technically inclined student should have some familiarity with the social sciences, each student must take six hours of social science by taking

Social Sciences: 6 credits

(one course from two different sets)

      Set 1 - Economics

                        3250:100           Introduction to Economics                      (3 hours)

                        3250:100           Principles of Microeconomics                 (3 hours)

                        3250:244           Introduction to Economic Analysis          (3 hours)

      Set 2 - Geography

                        3350:100           Introduction to Geography                      (3 hours)

      Set 3 - Government and Politics

                        3700:100           Government & Politics in United States   (4 hours)

                        3700:150           World Politics and Governments              (3 hours)

      Set 4 - Psychology

                        3750:100           Introduction to Psychology                     (3 hours)

      Set 5 - Sociology/Anthropology

                        3850:100           Introduction to Sociology                        (4 hours)

                        3870:150           Cultural Anthropology                            (4 hours)

                        5100:150           Democracy in Education                        (3 hours)

      Set 6 - United States History

                        3400:250           US History to 1877                                (4 hours)

                        3400:251           US History since 1877                            (4 hours)

      Set 7 - Science/Technology/Society

                        3600:125           Theory and Evidence                              (3 hours)

Each student is required to take 1 hour of physical education/wellness classes. 

Physical Education/Wellness: 1 credit

                        5540: 120-183    Physical Education                                 (0.5-1.0 hours)

                        5550: 150          Concepts of Health and Fitness                (3 hours)

                        5550: 194          Sports Officiating                                     (2 hours)

                        5550: 211          First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation       (2 hours)

                        5570; 101          Personal Health                         (2 hours)

                        7400: 133          Nutrition Fundamentals              (3 hours)

                        7900: 119/120    Modern Dance I/II; Intro. to Modern Dance I/II (2 hours)

                        7900: 124/125    Jazz Dance I/II; Intro. to Jazz Dance I/II            (2 hours)

                        7900: 144          Tap Technique I; Intro. to Tap I                       (2 hours)


Students are introduced to the culture of the Western part of the world through the required University College courses:

Humanities: 10 credits - 3 courses


                        3400: 210          Humanities in the Western Tradition                   (4 hours)

   Students may select one course from two different sets below:

       Set 1 - Fine Arts

                        7100: 210          Visual Arts Awareness              (3 hours)

                        7500: 201          Exploring Music: Bach to Rock              (3 hours)

                        7800: 301          Introduction to Theatre and Film             (3 hours)

                        7900: 200          Viewing Dance                         (3 hours)

      Set 2 - Philosophy/Classics

                        3200: 220          Introduction to the Ancient World           (3 hours)

                        3200: 230          Sports and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome (3 hours)

                        3200: 289          Mythology of Ancient Greece                (3 hours)

                        3600: 101          Introduction to Philosophy                      (3 hours)

                        3600: 120          Introduction to Ethics                 (3 hours)

                        3600: 170          Introduction to Logic                  (3 hours)

      Set 3 - Literature

                        3300: 250          Classic and Contemporary Literature      (3 hours)

                        3300: 251          Topics in World Literature                     (3 hours)

                        3300: 252          Shakespeare and His World                   (3 hours)

                        3300: 281          Fiction Appreciation                   (3 hours)

                        Other literature in English translation

                        3200: 361          Literature of Greece                  (3 hours)

                        3580: 350          Literature of Spanish-America in Translation       (3 hours)

      Set 4

                        3300: 211          Humanities in the Western Tradition II    (4 hours)

In order to have the ability to describe and explain differences in civilizations and cultures, the student is required to take

Area Studies & Cultural Diversity: 4 credits - 2 courses

                        3001: 300          Introduction to Women’s Studies            (3 credits)

                        3005: 300          Canadian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 credits)

                        3350: 375          Geography of Cultural Diversity             (2 credits)

                        3400: 385          World Civilization: China                        (2 credits)

                        3400: 386          World Civilization: Japan                        (2 credits)

                        3400: 387          World Civilization: SE Asia                     (2 credits)

                        3400: 388          World Civilization: India             (2 credits)

                        3400: 389          World Civilization: Near East                  (2 credits)

                        3400: 390          World Civilization: Africa                       (2 credits)

                        3400: 391          World Civilization: Latin America           (2 credits)

                        3870: 251          Human Diversity                       (3 credits)

Because everyone should know something about science no matter how non-technical the person is, students must take a total of at least eight credit hours in natural sciences, including at least one course that has a laboratory component. Students should select one course each from a minimum of two different sets.

Eligible courses are:

Anthropology:    3870:151

Biology:            3100:103, 104, 105

Chemistry:        3150:100

Geology:           3370:100, 103, 121-138, 201, 203

Physics:            3650:130, 133, 137

Students in higher-level science courses with a lab may use those courses to meet their General Education requirements.


Requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree

Any student who wishes to receive a second baccalaureate degree must complete:

The General Education and Foreign Language requirements are waived for the second degree.

It is possible for a student to get a double major instead of a double degree. A double major means that the student has fulfilled all of the requirements for two different majors but has not completed the minimum of 32 credits mentioned above. Such a student will receive one degree and the transcript will show two majors.


University Policy on Repeating Courses

Any course may be repeated TWICE by an undergraduate student subject to the following conditions:

1. To secure a grade ("A-F") or a grade of “NC", "CR” or “AUD”, a student may repeat a course in which the previously received grade was “C-“, “D+”, “D", “D-“, “F”, “AUD” or “NC.”  Registrations under the "CR/NC" option are subject to the restrictions in the "CR/NC" policy.

2.  With the dean's permission, a student may substitute another course if the previous course is no longer offered.  Courses must be repeated at The University of Akron.

3.  Grades for all attempts at a course will appear on the student's official academic record.

4.  Only the grade for the last attempt will be used in the graduation grade-point average.

5.  All grades for attempts at a course will be used in grade-point calculation for the purpose of determining graduation with honors and class standing.

6.  For purposes of this section, credit for this course or its equivalent will apply only once toward meeting degree requirements.

University Withdrawal Policy

A student may withdraw from a course under the following conditions:

1.      freely, no signatures required to 15th day of semester or comparable date during summer session, intersession, etc.,

2.      with advisor's signature only from 15th day to the mid­point of the semester,

3.      with the signature of both advisor and course instructor after the midpoint of the semester if the withdrawal is dated and processed through the offices of the Registrar and Cashier no later than the last day of the 12th week of the semester or comparable date during summer session, intersession, etc.

4.      The student may appeal to the dean of the student’s college if a signature is refused.


Minor or Certificate in Computer Science

The requirements for a minor in Computer Science and for the certificate in Computer science are identical.  Either the completion of the minor requirements or the receipt of a certificate will be noted on all official transcripts from The University of Akron.  In both cases the student must maintain a minimum of a 2.00 grade-point average in all courses taken to fulfill the requirements.


What then is the difference between a certificate and a minor? Only students who are undergraduates working on a baccalaureate degree with another major area of concentration are permitted to take a minor in Computer Science.  This is a well-understood way to announce a second area of competency to prospective employers, etc.

The certificate program was developed to permit those students who already have a baccalaureate degree with a major in another area of concentration to add computer science to his/her credentials.  This not only shows up on transcripts, but also provides a document stating that the student demonstrated some competency in the area of computer science.  This may not be as well understood by prospective employers as the minor, but does at least document the knowledge.  An undergraduate student may opt for the certificate instead of the minor, but it is not recommended.


To Enter the Minor or Certificate Program

The student wishing to enter the minor or certificate program in Computer Science should:

1.  Obtain an information sheet from the Department of Computer Science

2.      If pursuing the certificate, notify the department when you have completed all the requirements.

3.      If pursuing a minor, remember to complete a request for a minor form with the Graduation Office at the same time you apply for graduation.

4. If you have any questions about either program, make an appointment to see an advisor in the department.

Requirements for Minor and Certificate Programs


3450:208 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics      4 hours

Prerequisite:      3450:145 or 3450:149 with grade of C- or better or placement.


3450:215 Concepts of Calculus I     4 hours

Prerequisite:      3450:145 or 3450:149 with grade of C- or better or placement.


3450:221 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I        4 hours

Prerequisite:      3450:149 with grade of C- or better or placement.


Computer Science:

3460:209 Introduction to Computer Science        4 hours

Prerequisite:      3450:145 or 3450:149 with grade of C- or better or placement.


3460:210 Data Structures and Algorithms I                      4 hours

Prerequisites:    3450:208 & 3460:209 with grades of C- or better


3460:306 Assembly and System Programming            4 hours

Prerequisite:      3460:210 with grade of C- or better


3460:316 Introduction to Data Structures II         3 hours

Prerequisites:    3460:210 with grade of C- or better  and either 3450:215 or 3450:221


Two Computer Science electives (6 credit hours) chosen from any 400 level Computer Science course (except 401 or 406) or 3460:307 Internet Systems Programming.  Students should check the prerequisites for these courses carefully. The student should take prerequisites very seriously as severe difficulty in doing the work required in the course will probably result if a prerequisite is ignored. For additional information on possible electives (including non-3460 courses) see the section on Computer Science Electives



Cooperative Education in Computer Science

Requirements for Participation:

1.  Completion of 3460:316 Data Structures and Algorithms II and 3460:306 Assembly and System Programming.

2.  Attendance at the orientation sessions conducted by the Cooperative Education Coordinator in the Office of Career Placement Services

3.  Achievement of a 2.0 grade point average in Computer Science.  Some employers have a more stringent grade point requirement; for example, government agencies typically require a 3.0.         

Pros and Cons of Cooperative Education Advantages of becoming a co-op student include:

1. The student gains work experience in his/her field of study.  This has at least five results:

a. The student returns from the work experience with a better appreciation of the areas in which his/her current knowledge is deficient.  This may help the student to choose electives wisely and often also encourages a more constructive attitude toward additional required courses.


b. The student has a more realistic picture of the kind of work for which the Computer Science major prepares one.


c. The student may discover a particular area within Computer Science toward which he/she wishes to work.


d. The student gains knowledge of how a real world computer system works and often has an opportunity to work with different languages, operating systems and computers than those available at The University of Akron.


e. The student's resume includes this experience.

2. The student is paid during the co-op period, often quite well.  This is an opportunity to live frugally and save for subsequent semesters at the University for those who have financial concerns.


Disadvantages of Becoming a Co-op Student

1.      The total elapsed time to obtain a degree is increased. 

2.      More time elapses between taking closely related courses.


Student Disciplinary Matters


The student disciplinary procedures employed by the Department of Computer Science in the event of student misconduct are those described in the student disciplinary policy for The University of Akron.  This provides consistent handling of student misconduct occurrences and also insures the privacy of the individuals concerned.

Student misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

1.  Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty.

2.  Unauthorized copying of an assignment in computer programming, unauthorized examination or viewing of computer files, or printouts for unauthorized purposes.

3. Engaging in disruptive, mischievous behavior on the computer or any other wrongful use of the computer.

Penalties for such behavior may result in formal disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal.  Cases involving such student misconduct are brought before the Student Disciplinary officer in Buchtel Hall for resolution.  There is also a mechanism in the policy for handling some cases within the department.  See the Department Chair for details.


                   Some Student Computer User Responsibilities


When working with computers, the honest student should assume certain responsibilities to protect himself or herself from those who might be easily tempted to be less than totally honest.  Among these are:

1. Do not give any other person access to your account; keep your password a secret.

2. Change passwords frequently.  Do so immediately if the password is no longer secure.

3. Always pick up printed output, particularly program listings.  If, due to exceptional circumstances, you must leave the computer lab prior to the completion of a requested printout, ask the student assistant to retrieve the printout and store it for later pickup.

4. Listings of working programs should be discarded in a secure place.

5. Never leave a computer lab without logging off of any machine you have been using.  Leaving yourself logged on when you are not present is an invitation to some to do unexpected things to your id.


                        Additional Information including Policy Exceptions


1.     This document is heavily based on and adapted from the original Computer Science Databook developed by Marge Karlson, lab manager and part-time instructor in the department from 1984 to 1997.

2.   3450:307 or 411 are valid substitutes for 3450:208.

3.     The School of Business allows 3470:461 to substitute for 6500:221.  This is relevant to students who wish to pursue a minor in business.

4.    The degree clearance process involves two forms.  The first is a degree clearance form; the second is a commencement clearance form which has the student’s transcript.  Some courses may have a grade of ‘J’ or ‘K’.  These grades are ‘credit’ and ‘non-credit’, respectively.

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