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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

CSCI 1000 - Computer Literacy
1 credit hour
An introduction to computers at the non-professional level. Major topics include historical development; impact on society; ethics, applications, languages, and terminology with emphasis on personal computers; productivity tools: word processor, spreadsheet, and Internet. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.
CSCI 1150 - Computer Orientation
3 credit hours
A general introduction to computers with an emphasis on personal computing, database, word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and Internet tools. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.
CSCI 1160 - Introduction to Computing: A Multimedia Approach
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Sufficient background in algebra. Computer science concepts and computer software development using a multimedia approach to program development. Algorithms, programming, and documentation of media computation problems including modifying, editing, and creating picture and sound files. Explores computer science hardware and software terminology. Counts toward a Computer Science major or minor upon successful completion with a grade of A or B and approval by Computer Science chair. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.
CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Sufficient background in algebra and trigonometry. The first of a two-semester sequence using a high-level language; language constructs and simple data structures such as arrays and strings. Emphasis on problem solving using the language and principles of structured software development. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.
CSCI 2170 - Computer Science II
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 1170 or equivalent. A continuation of CSCI 1170. Topics include introductory object-oriented programming techniques, software engineering principles, records, recursion, pointers, stacks and queues, linked lists, trees, and sorting and searching. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.
CSCI 2930 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the department chair.
CSCI 2940 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the department chair
CSCI 3031 - Computer Languages: C-Language
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer languages is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor
CSCI 3032 - Computer Languages: FORTRAN
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer languages is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor.
CSCI 3033 - Computer Languages: Java
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer langauges is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor.
CSCI 3034 - Computer Languages: Pascal
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer languages is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor.
CSCI 3035 - Computer Languages: Smalltalk
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer langauges is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor.
CSCI 3036 - Computer Languages: UNIX C-Shell Programming
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer languages is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor.
CSCI 3037 - Computer Languages: Visual Programming
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer languages is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor.
CSCI 3038 - Computer Languages: Python
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or consent of instructor. An opportunity for a Computer Science major or minor to gain experience and training in a secondary language. Covers the syntax, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and selected applications of a language. Credit will not be given toward a Computer Science major or minor if credit has been received for the same language in another course. Credit in secondary computer languages is limited to 3 hours for the major or minor.
CSCI 3080 - Discrete Structures
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 1170 and MATH 1910 or consent of instructor. Topics include formal logic, proof techniques, matrices, graphs, formal grammars, finite state machines, Turing machines, and binary coding schemes.
CSCI 3110 - Advanced Data Structures
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170; corequisite: CSCI 3080. Topics include additional object-oriented programming techniques, algorithm design, analysis of algorithms, advanced tree structures, indexing techniques, internal and external sorting, graphs, and file organizations.
CSCI 3130 - Introduction to Computer Architecture
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 3160. Organization and basic architecture of computer systems. Topics include hardware components of digital computers, microprogramming, and memory management. Laboratory exercises involve logical, functional properties of components from gates to microprocessors. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.
CSCI 3150 - Technology Tools
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 1000 or equivalent or permission of instructor. The use, history, and impact of technology tools. Hands-on laboratory exercises. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.
CSCI 3160 - Introduction to Assembly Language
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 1170 or equivalent. Computer architecture and assembly language. Major emphasis on addressing techniques, macros, and program segmentation and linkage.
CSCI 3180 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis
3 credit hours
(Same as MATH 3180.) Prerequisites: MATH 1920 and CSCI 1160 or CSCI 1170. Topics include series approximation, finite differences interpolation, summation, numerical differentiation and integration, iteration, curve fitting, systems of equations and matrices, and error analysis.
CSCI 3210 - Theory of Programming Languages
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 2170 and COMM 2200; corequisite: CSCI 3080. Syntax and theory of multiple languages covered with emphasis on binding times, parsers, grammars, finite automata, regular expressions, type checking and equivalence, scope of variables, exception handling, parameter passing, and storage management.
CSCI 3250 - Operating Systems
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 2170 and CSCI 3160. Concepts and facilities of an operating system. Major concepts in memory, processor, device, and information management are covered as well as interrelationships between the operating system and the architecture of the computer system.
CSCI 3420 - Social, Ethical, and Legal Implications of Computing
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: A three-hour course in computing, COMM 2200, and junior standing. Introduction to the impact of computers on society and the ethical and legal issues confronting computer users and professionals. Does not count toward a minor in Computer Science.
CSCI 3970 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the department chair.  CSCI 3970 may count towards the Computer Science major. It may not be used in conjunction with CSCI 4600.
CSCI 3980 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours
Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the department chair.
CSCI 4110 - Advanced Commercial EDP
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170 or equivalent. File management in business applications. Structuring and identification of files stressed along with software engineering principles. COBOL language used as the implementation tool.
CSCI 4130 - Microprocessor Operation and Control
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170. Digital systems based around microcomputers, microcomputer architecture, logic replacement, memory design, timing considerations, input/output design, interfacing, robotics, and total system design.
CSCI 4160 - Compiler Design and Software Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 3080, CSCI 3110, and CSCI 3160. The various phases of a compiler along with grammars, finite automata, regular expressions, LR parsing, error recovery, backward and forward flow analysis, and code optimization. A term project consisting of the design and construction of a functional complier required.
CSCI 4250 - Computer Graphics
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 2170 and CSCI 3080 or consent of instructor. Topics include vector drawing displays, raster scan displays, input devices and techniques, graphics software, transformations, projections, interpolation, and approximation.
CSCI 4280 - Undergraduate Research
1 to 4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department. Independent investigation of a selected research problem under the guidance of a faculty member resulting in an oral and written report of results. Does not count toward a minor in Computer Science. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. A maximum of three credits in the major may come from CSCI 3970, 4280, CSCI 4600, and CSCI 4910.
CSCI 4300 - Data Communication and Networks
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 3250. Computer network architectures, protocol hierarchies, and the open systems interconnection model. Modeling, analysis, design, and management of hardware and software on a computer network.
CSCI 4330 - Parallel Processing Concepts
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: A working knowledge of either C or C++ and either CSCI 3130 or CSCI 3250. Basic concepts in parallel processing and programming in a parallel environment. Topics include classification of parallel architectures, study of actual parallel architectures, design and implementation of parallel programs, parallel software engineering.
CSCI 4350 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 3110 and CSCI 3080 or equivalent. Principles include search strategies, knowledge representation, reasoning, and machine learning. Applications include expert systems and natural language understanding.
CSCI 4360 - Intelligent Robot System
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 2170 and CSCI 3080. Principles and applications of intelligent mobile robotics. Various architectures used in the basic AI robotics development paradigms and basic techniques used for robot navigation. Strong emphasis on hands-on mobile robot design, construction, programming, and experimentation using a variety of robot building platforms.
CSCI 4410 - Web Technologies
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 3080 and CSCI 3110. An intensive introduction into current Web technologies including basic HTML, tools for Web page design, XML, client-side methods, and server-side methods. Students will be required to implement several Web-based projects.
CSCI 4560 - Database Management Systems
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 3080 and CSCI 3110. The relational and object models of database design along with relational algebras, data independence, functional dependencies, inference rules, normal forms, schema design, modeling languages, query languages, and current literature.
CSCI 4600 - Independent Study in Computer Science
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. Students wishing to enroll must submit a written course/topic proposal to the department prior to the semester in which CSCI 4600 is taken. Proposal must be approved prior to taking the course. At the course conclusion, each enrollee must submit a written report to the department. May count up to 3 hours toward Computer Science major. May not be used in conjunction with CSCI 3970.
CSCI 4700 - Software Engineering
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 3080, CSCI 3110, and COMM 2200. Consists of a theoretical component and a practical component. Topics include the history of software engineering, software development paradigms and life cycles, and computer-aided software engineering (CASE). Team project developed in parallel with the theory.
CSCI 4800 - Software Testing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 2170 and CSCI 3080. Integrates theory and applications of software testing techniques. Provides actual hands-on testing experience. Considers multiple testing paradigms.
CSCI 4850 - Neural Nets
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 3080. Various neural net architectures, theory, and applications including models such as Perceptron, back propagation, Kohonen, ART, and associative memory. Learning and conditioning methods also studied.
CSCI 4900 - Selected Topics in Computer Science
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 2170. Advanced topics in computer science to be selected and announced at time of class scheduling. May be repeated for up to six credits total.
CSCI 4910 - Computer Science Internship
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: CSCI 2170 and CSCI 3160; MATH 1910 and MATH 1920; must have completed at least 30 semester hours with two semesters at MTSU; must have taken at least two computer science courses at MTSU; minimum overall average of 2.75 and 3.00 in computer science. Employment experience in a computer-related function in a firm, governmental agency, etc. Must be approved by the department.