This four-year program prepares students for employment as computer specialists in the software development and computer manufacturing industries and for continued studies toward advanced degrees.
You will learn the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing as well as how to apply them in a practical way.
There are no special requirements to apply. In order to enroll in the program, all you need to do is select Computer Science as your major when you apply to Bluefield State College.
Your advisor will work with you throughout your academic journey to make sure you're on track to earn your degree. In order to receive the B.S. in Computer Science, you'll need to complete the courses below. When choosing your electives, keep in mind that at least 6 hours of electives must be COSC courses. (Your options include COSC 209, COSC 210, COSC 290 and any COSC 300+ course.)
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
A study of mechanics and heat. Topics discussed include vectors, concurrent and nonconcurrent forces, kinematics and linear motion, work, energy, simple machines, impulse, momentum, thermal expansion, specific heat, and change of state. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098 or COMPASS Engineering Math score of 59 or higher. Fall.
A study of fundamental algebraic concepts and operations, functions and graphs, trigonometric functions and their graphs, linear equations and determinants, factoring, fractions, vectors, and triangles. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Fall.
This course is an introduction to programming using a high-level programming language, such as C++ or Java. Students study the classic program development process. Students learn how to design, develop, execute, debug, and test software. Emphasis is on structured techniques involving selection, iteration, and subprogram flow of control, including recursion. The laboratory that accompanies this course consists of programming exercises from various disciplines. CO: GNET 115 or MATH 109.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
A study of the basic concepts of electricity and the application of these concepts to fundamental direct and alternating current circuits. The principles of electromagnetism and electrostatics are also studied and applied to problems involving the production and utilization of electric energy. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Spring.
A study of exponents and radicals, complex numbers, logarithms, systems of equations, theory of equations, inequalities, determinants, matrices, variations, progressions, properties of trigonometric functions, and inverse trigonometric functions. PR: GNET 115. Spring.
This course is a continuation in the development of programming skills using a high-level programming language, with the emphasis being on object-oriented techniques. Students develop programs to solve problems using encapsulation (classes and objects), inheritance, and polymorphism (runtime dispatch). This course also introduces students to generic programming techniques and exception handling. The laboratory that accompanies this course consists of programming exercises from various disciplines. PR: COSC 131 or consent of the instructor.
A study of elements of plane analytical geometry, including polar coordinates, the derivative of a
function with applications, integrals and applications, differentiation of transcendental functions, and methods of integration. PR: MATH 109 and MATH 110, or GNET 116, or ACT Mathematics main score of 26 or COMPASS Trigonometry score of 46 or above. Fall, Spring.
This course is an introduction to the concepts of Web Programming using HTML. Students will plan, develop, and implement web pages, which incorporate text formatting, graphics insertion, internal and external hyperlinks, tables, and frames. Coding will be accomplished using standard HTM codes and a text editor-coding environment. PR: COSC 210 or COSC 131.
This is an introduction to data structures used in computer systems and applications. Students study arrays, queues, collections (ordered and sorted), linked lists, and binary trees, as well as software engineering, testing, recursion, and object-oriented programming. Students use a high-level programming language, such as C++, and the focus is on object-oriented design and development. Applications involve such techniques as sorting, searching, recursion, expression evaluation, and memory management. PR COSC 132.
Differentiation of transcendental functions; parametric equation; polar coordinates; methods of
integration; applications of the definite integral. Infinte Series. PR: MATH 220. Fall, Spring.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
The key objective of COSC 250 is to provide students with the skills to design, implement, evaluate and use database management systems. The course includes study of the organization of databases; concepts of databases, flat-files, network systems, hierarchical systems, and relational systems; data retrieval structures and mechanisms; database normalization techniques; and SQL (structured query language). PR: COSC 216 or COSC 311.
Microprocessors are studied as elements in bus organized computers. Applications for controlling outside devices are studied. Flow charts are used to demonstrate how control decisions can be based on programmed, priority, or interrupt demands. Support devices are studied of which a few are: read only memories (ROM), random access memories (RAM), arithmetic logic units (ALU), accumulators, and Input/output (I/O) devices. PR: ELET 218. Fall.
Treats a variety of themes in discrete mathematics: logic and proof, to develop students’ ability to think abstractly; induction and recursion, the use of smaller cases to solve larger cases of problems; combinatorics, mathematics of counting and arranging objects; algorithms and their analysis, the sequence of instructions; discrete structures, e.g., graphs, trees, sets; and mathematical models, applying one theory to many different problems. PR: MATH 109 and MATH 110 or GNET 116. Fall.
A course designed to give the student an introductory understanding of the internal operation and organization of the modern digital computer while providing hands-on assembly language programming experience. Topics include digital logic, digital systems, machine-level representation of data, assembly-level machine organization, memory organization and architecture, interfacing and communication, architectures for networks and distributed systems. Students write programs using one or more assembly languages. PR: COSC 131.
The students are introduced to the software analysis and design process with emphasis on the object-oriented paradigm. Topics include software life cycle, object-oriented concepts and principles of software writing, design patterns, software analysis and design. Design patterns are heavily used to introduce design principles. UML (Unified Modeling Language) is used as the language of the analysis and design phases. The class also introduces the CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) tools. PR: COSC 132.
This course improves the methodology of building software with emphasis on the object-oriented paradigm. It starts with an overview of object-oriented concepts, principles of software writing, design patterns, software analysis, design, implementation, and testing. This course is project-based. Design patterns will be discussed heavily and used in projects. UML (Unified Modeling Language) is used as the language of all phases of the software life cycle. CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) tools such as version control systems, and IDE’s will be introduced and used. PR: COSC 311.
This class includes specifications of languages (syntax and semantics), data types, data aggregations and abstractions, bindings, control structures, encapsulation, translation, and so on. Programs are planned and developed using accepted professional techniques in various programming languages, for example, Java, C++, Modula-2, ML, Lisp, Prolog, Smalltalk, and so on. PR: COSC 261.
Mean and standard deviation; probability; random variables and probability distribution; normal distribution, statistical inference; linear regression and correlation; experimental design; chisquare test; analysis of variance. PR: MATH 109 or GNET 116. Spring.
The study of the relative economy of engineering alternatives, compound interest in relation to calculation of annual costs, present worth and prospective rates of returns on investments, methods of depreciation, sinking cost, increment cost, general studies with emphasis on retirement and replacement of equipment, consideration of taxes, public works, and manufacturing costs as related to economic solutions of engineering proposals. Principles of engineering ethics are presented and related to costing. PR: MATH 220. Fall.
This course teaches elementary techniques for designing and analyzing algorithms to solve problems in a computationally efficient way. It also enables students to analyze time (and space) requirements of algorithms and decide which algorithm best suits the problem at hand. Topics cover mathematical preliminaries, introduction to models of computation, analysis of well-known sorting and search algorithms, graph algorithms, programming techniques such as recursion, dynamic and greedy algorithms, and an introduction to P and NP class problems. PR: COSC 261 and MATH 250.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
Independent study or internship on a special project or practicum relating to computer science, under the supervision of an instructor or company supervisor, culminating in an oral and/or written report presented to a select faculty committee. PR: COSC 422 or COSC 311 and consent of instructor.
This course is the study of abstract computational automata, which constitute the formal foundation of computer science. The course starts with a review of mathematical preliminaries required for the rest of the course. The focus is on different models of computation such as finite automata, Turing machines, and grammars. Also, formal languages and undesirability are introduced. PR: COSC 261 and MATH 250.
Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the computer science program’s constituencies. Within a few years of graduation, the computer science program will enable students to attain the following: