Computer Science Foundations


Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 quarters

Taught by

computer science
mathematics, computer science
computer science, mathematics


High School Algebra II or its equivalent.

In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn the intellectual concepts and skills that are essential for advanced work in computer science and beneficial for computing work in support of other disciplines. Students will achieve a deeper understanding of increasingly complex computing systems by acquiring knowledge and skills in mathematical abstraction, problem solving and the organization and analysis of hardware and software systems. The program covers material such as algorithms, data structures, computer organization and architecture, logic, discrete mathematics and programming in the context of the liberal arts and compatible with the model curriculum developed by the Association for Computing Machinery's Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium.

The program content will be organized around four interwoven themes. The computational organization theme covers concepts and structures of computing systems from digital logic to the computer architecture supporting high level languages and operating systems. The programming theme concentrates on learning how to design and code programs to solve problems. The mathematical theme helps develop mathematical reasoning, theoretical abstractions and problem-solving skills needed for computer scientists. A technology and society theme explores social, historical or philosophical topics related to science and technology.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

computer science and mathematics, including computer programming, discrete mathematics, algorithms, data structures, computer architecture and topics in technology and society.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Final Schedule and Room Assignment


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

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May be offered again in



Date Revision
September 9th, 2014 Rik Smoody has joined the teaching team.
January 23rd, 2014 Richard Weiss has replaced Paul Pham in this program.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 70


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10061
So - Sr (16 credits): 10064

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Accepting New Students

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Students must have completed the equivalent of at least one quarter of computer programming.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20045
So - Sr (16 credits): 20046

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