2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Computer Science Foundations

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Sheryl Shulman computer science, Jeffrey Gordon computer science, Neal Nelson computer science, mathematics

Fields of Study: computer science, consciousness studies and mathematics

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20048 (16) Fr; 20049 (16) So - Sr; 20516 (1-16)  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30073 (16) Fr; 30074 (16) So - Sr; 30524 (1-16)  Signature Required Students must have the equivalent of two quarters of course work in computer programming.  

Credits: 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 33% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: Intermediate algebra and one quarter of introductory computer programming.


The goal of this program is to learn the intellectual concepts and skills that are essential for advanced work in computer science. Students will have the opportunity to 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 a liberal arts computer science curriculum.

In both quarters 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 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. The technology and society theme explores social, historical or philosophical topics related to science and technology.

Students who take the program Data and Information: Computational Linguistics in fall quarter, or who have equivalent experience, will be well prepared for this program.

Maximum Enrollment: 48

May be offered again in: 2011-12

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.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
September 22nd, 2010 Jeff Gordon has joined the teaching team
April 15th, 2010 Visitor to be added to this program.