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Computer Science & Information Technology

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Scientific Computing

 

Admission Standards

For admission to the PBCSC program, the applicant must hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in a science, mathematics, engineering, or related field of study, and must complete an application for admission to The Office of Graduate Studies at Armstrong. A complete application comprises a Letter of Intent, two official undergraduate transcripts, official GRE scores, and three recommendation letters. The University also requires a certificate of immunization for admission. There are two categories of admission to the PBCSC program: regular admission and provisional admission.

Regular Admission

Regular admission requires all of the following conditions to be met:

  • Bachelor of Science in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. In addition, the applicant must have completed undergraduate course work equivalent to the following:
    • CSCI 1301 (Introduction to Programming Principles).
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.
  • GRE verbal of 156 or higher, GRE quantitative of 144 or higher, and GRE analytical writing of 4.0 or higher.
    (See note under Admissions Examinations on page 13 of the Graduate Catalog pdf about using revised GRE scores after August 1, 2011.)

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission requires that all of the following conditions be met:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.4.
  • GRE verbal greater than 146, GRE quantitative greater than 141, and GRE analytical writing of 3.0 or higher.
    (See note under Admissions Examinations on page 13 of the Graduate Catalog pdf about  using revised GRE scores after August 1, 2011.)

Students who are admitted provisionally are required to meet with the graduate coordinator to determine the appropriate course of study. Students are expected to pass CSCI 1301: Introduction to Programming Principles, or an equivalent course, with a grade of B or better to obtain regular admission.

Standards of Progression and Completion

A program of study must be maintained for each student. The program of study (signed by the student, advisor, and graduate coordinator) must be forwarded to Graduate Studies accompanying the student’s application for graduation. Students are required to complete twelve hours of study. At least six of these hours are from advanced graduate courses. Students must achieve a grade of C or higher to receive credit for a class and must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the program.

If any change in the approved program of study is required, an amended program of study, signed by the student and the advisor, must be submitted to Graduate Studies.

Program of Study

Course Credit Hours
Core Required Course (3 hours)
(waived for students with a BS in CS degree from an ABET accredited program)
CSCI 6001 Foundations of Computing 3

Content Courses (choose one - 3 hours)
MATH 6900 Special Topics in Mathematics 3
MATH 6930 Special Topics in Applied Mathematics 3
MATH 7210 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making 3

Fundamental Courses (6-9 hours)
(Note: No more than 2 classes may be at the 5000 level)
CSCI 5410G Analysis of Algorithms 3
CSCI 5610G Numerical Analysis 3
CSCI 5720G Advanced Database Systems 3
CSCI 5735G Data Mining 3
CSCI 5820G Machine Learning 3
CSCI 5825G Artificial Intelligence 3
CSCI 7800 Computational Intelligence 3
CSCI 7835 Image Processing 3
CSCI 8100 Special Topics 3
TOTAL 12 hours