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+ - Computing Sciences

Focus: The Computing Sciences have had a profound impact on almost every area of human endeavor. In this cluster, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to explore the use of computers in their chosen field. The cluster can also be used as the first steps toward a minor in Computer Science.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean of Operations, and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Michael Fahy

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

CPSC 230: Computer Science I
CPSC 231: Computer Science II [CPSC 230, or equivalent]
CPSC 236: Visual Programming [CPSC 230, or equivalent]
CPSC 350: Data Structures and Algorithms [CPSC 231]
CPSC 353: Data Communications and Computer Networks [CPSC 231]
CPSC 408: Database Management [CPSC 236, 350]

+ - Earth and Its Environment

Focus: Environmental issues involve essential interactions between the natural sciences and social sciences, spanning a range of fields including biology, chemistry, economics, geology, political science, and others. This cluster is designed to integrate and form bridges between these fields so that students can better comprehend and critically analyze the environmental topics of greatest concern in today's society. Completion of courses in this cluster fulfills many of the course requirements for the minor in Environmental Sciences.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Jason Keller

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

BIOL 301: Plant Biology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
BIOL 319: Ecosystem Ecology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
BIOL 324: Ecology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
BIOL 440: Marine Biology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
CHEM 105: Chemistry of Environmental Issues
CHEM 325: Atmospheric Chemistry [CHEM 331, CHEM 340]
CHEM 326: Aquatic Chemistry [CHEM 331, CHEM 340]
CHEM 327: Environmental Geochemistry [CHEM 331, CHEM 340]
ENG 374: Environmental Rhetoric
ENV 101: Introduction to Environmental Science
ENV 111: Physical Geology [Corequisite ENV 111L]
ENV 112: Introduction to Hazards and Global and Environmental Change
ENV 227: Darwin and the Galapagos [consent of instructor] (travel course)
ENV 301: Environmental Geology [ENV 111, or ENV 112]
ENV 310: Geographic Information Systems [Corequisite ENV 310L]
ENV 330: Environmental Problem Solving: Energy and Matter Flow [ENV 101, PHYS 107, CHEM 150, BIOL 205]
PHIL 303: Environmental Ethics
POSC 346: Environmental Law [POSC 110]
POSC 374: Environmental Politics and Policy (cross listed with ENV 374)
SOC 335: Society and the Environment [SOC 101]

Suggested Clusterings:
Earth Science Focus: ENV 111 or ENV 112, and 2 from CHEM 327, ENV 301, ENV 310, ENV 330, plus one from the list above.

Biological Science Focus: 3 from BIOL 301, BIOL 319, BIOL 324, BIOL 440, ENV 227, plus one from the list above.

Chemistry Focus: CHEM 105 and 2 from CHEM 325, CHEM 326, CHEM 327, plus one from the list above.

Policy Focus: POSC 346, POSC 374, SOC 335, plus one other from the list above.

+ - Game Development

Focus: The computer and video game industry has exploded and its annual revenue now exceeds the box office revenue of the film industry. But game development technology is used for scientific simulation, training, and other serious applications as well. In this cluster, students will explore the possibilities of the game industry and will begin to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use game development technology in a variety of fields.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean of Operations, and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Michael Fahy

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

CPSC 230: Computer Science I
CPSC 236: Visual Programming [CPSC 230]
CPSC 242: Introduction to the Game Industry
CPSC 244: Level Design I [CPSC 230, CPSC 242]
CPSC 285: Social Issues in Computing [CPSC 230]
CPSC 340: Game Development [CPSC 244 and either CPSC 231, or CPSC 236]
CPSC 440: Collaborative Game Development [CPSC 340]
DA 256: Beginning Character Animation [DA 206, digital arts major]
MGSC 346: Production and Operations Management [MGMT 316, and MGSC 209, or MATH 203]

+ - Informatics

Focus: Informatics includes the science of information, the practice of information processing, and the engineering of information systems. In this field we study the structure, behavior, and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process and communicate information. Informatics uses techniques from mathematics and computer science to solve information management problems in a multitude of disciplines, but it also develops its own conceptual and theoretical foundations. Since computers, individuals, and organizations all process information, informatics has computational, cognitive, and social aspects.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean of Operations, and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Michael Fahy

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Mathematics

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

CPSC 230: Computer Science I
CPSC 231: Computer Science II [CPSC 230, or equivalent]
CPSC 236: Visual Programming [CPSC 230, or equivalent]
CPSC 350: Data Structures and Algorithms [CPSC 231]
CPSC 408: Database Management [CPSC 236, 350]
MATH 203: Introduction to Statistics [MATH 099, or equivalent]
MATH 211: Linear Algebra [MATH 111]
MATH 350: Differential Equations [MATH 211]
MATH 361: Mathematical Statistics [MATH 360]

+ - Information Systems

Focus: The computer and video game industry has exploded and its annual revenue now exceeds the box office revenue of the film industry. But game development technology is used for scientific simulation, training, and other serious applications as well. In this cluster, students will explore the possibilities of the game industry and will begin to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use game development technology in a variety of fields.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean of Operations, and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Michael Fahy

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

CPSC 230: Introduction to Computer Science
CPSC 236: Visual Programming [CPSC 230]
CPSC 348: Software Engineering [CPSC 231, or CPSC 236]
CPSC 353: Data Communications and Computer Networks [CPSC 231]
CPSC 408: Database Management [CPSC 236, 350]
CPSC 458: Web Engineering [CPSC 350, 408]

+ - Mathematics

Focus: The more mathematics you know, the more doors will be open to you. According to Bertrand Russell, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.” This cluster can enable you to continue your study of mathematics and can also be used as the first steps toward a minor in Mathematics.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean of Operations, and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Michael Fahy

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Mathematics

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Completion of courses in this cluster fulfills many of the course requirements for the Mathematics minor.

MATH 110: Single Variable Calculus I [MATH 104]
MATH 111: Single Variable Calculus II [MATH 110]
MATH 210: Multivariable Calculus [MATH 111]
MATH 211: Linear Algebra [MATH 111]
MATH 250: Discrete Mathematics [MATH 104]
MATH 350: Differential Equations [MATH 210, 211]
MATH 360: Probability Theory [MATH 210]
MATH 361: Mathematical Statistics [MATH 360]
MATH 380: Introduction to Abstract Algebra [MATH 250]
MATH 390: Introduction to Differential Geometry [MATH 210]
MATH 440: Topology [MATH 211]
MATH 450: Real Analysis [MATH 211]
MATH 451: Complex Analysis [MATH 450]
MATH 454: Numerical Analysis [MATH 211]
MATH 460: Modern Algebra [MATH 380]

+ - Physics

Focus: Physics is the branch of science concerned with the fundamental laws of the universe. It deals with the elementary constituents of the universe—matter, energy, space, and time—and their interactions. Firmly grounded in observations and experiments, with a rich set of theories expressed in elegant mathematics, physics has made a multitude of contributions to philosophy, science, and technology. Students taking courses in this cluster will explore some of the most basic ways in which we comprehend the world in which we live.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean of Operations, and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Michael Fahy

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students take two core courses (either PHYS 101/PHYS 102 or PHYS 107/PHYS 108) plus two upper division courses.

CPSC 330: Digital Logic Design I [MATH 250. Corequisite, CPSC 330L] (cross listed with PHYS 330)
PHYS 101: General Physics I [MATH 110. Corequisite, PHYS 101L]
PHYS 102: General Physics II [PHYS 101, MATH 111. Corequisite, PHYS 102L]
PHYS 107: General Physics for the Life Sciences I, Lecture and Laboratory [MATH 110]
PHYS 108: General Physics for the Life Sciences II, Lecture and Laboratory [MATH 111]
PHYS 202: Modern Physics [PHYS 201, MATH 210]
PHYS 326: Cosmology [PHYS 101 and PHYS 102]
PHYS 421: Electricity and Magnetism I [PHYS 102, PHYS 250]
PHYS 451: Quantum Mechanics [PHYS 202, PHYS 250]

+ - Technology, Science, and Society

Focus: Because the rapid pace of scientific progress risks widening the gap between knowledgeable scientists and uninformed citizens, responsible citizens must understand science in order to consider the social and ethical implications of scientific developments. Students taking courses in this cluster will explore the nature of scientific knowledge, understand current findings in science, especially those relating to genetics and the environment, and grapple with their ethical and social implications.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Jason Keller

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Prerequisites appear in brackets.

BIOL 132: Human Genetics
CHEM 101: Chemistry of Life
CHEM 105: Chemistry of Environmental Issues  
CPSC: 285: Social Issues in Computing [CPSC 230]
PHIL 303: Environmental Ethics  
PHIL 306: Games and Decisions  
PHIL 314: Medical Ethics  
PHIL 340: Philosophy of Mind  
SOC 335: Society and the Environment [SOC 101, or ENV 102, or consent of instructor]

As of June 1, 2016, the following course is no longer available in the Technology, Science and Society cluster:
BIOL 235: Impact on Society: Biotechnology
BIOL 440: Marine Biology [BIOL 205/205L]

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