Feb 15, 2019  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science (B.A.)


Program: B.A.
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 125 ~ 260-481-6803 ~ ipfw.edu/cs


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing in a discipline, such as, Biology, Business, Mathematics, Visual Communication and Design, or Professional Writing appropriate to the combined discipline.
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solutions.
  • An ability to design,implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional,ethical, legal security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems, in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-offs involved in design choices.
  • An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

The B.A. program in Computer Science (BA CS) is to provide a degree path to students who want to combine a solid degree in Computer Science with an in-depth focus on a second area of interest. Consequently, the BA CS degree reduces the number of credit hours of specific support in courses as required by the current BS CS degree in order to  make these hours available for an approved Area of Discipline. Both BA CS and BS CS programs have the same CS core and concentration area requirements:  All but one of the Core courses of the BS CS degree (39 credits) together with completion of courses in the Computer Science Concentration Area courses (15 credits) is also required for the BA CS. As a consequence, the BA CS will offer interested students an interdisciplinary degree that will form a solid foundation for an attractive career path. This program would more efficiently serve our students in achieving their academic goals as well as in finding jobs after graduation.

In addition to satisfying the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8) and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (see Part 4), you must complete the following courses.  Only Computer Science courses in which you have earned a grade of C or better can be applied to the degree or used to satisfy prerequisites.  A maximum of 10 credits with a grade of D will be accepted in non CS courses.

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33


General Education Requirements for approved courses   

Contact the Department of Computer Science for more information.

Category A: Foundational Intellectual Skills


1. Written Communication Credits: 6


 (at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

2. Speaking and Listening Credits: 3


 (at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

3. Quanitative Reasoning Credits: 3-4


(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

Category B: Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing


4. Scientific Ways of Knowing Credits: 6-10


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

  • At least 2 approved science courses are required for the program (Cr. 6-10)

5. Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in an approved course)

6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved course)

Category C: Capstone


8. Capstone Experience Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in an approved course)

Concentration Area Credits: 15


To satisfy the Concentration Area requirement, at least 9 credit hours must be chosen from one concentration. The 6 remaining credit hours may be distributed among the other concentration areas; with prior written approval from the Department, 3 credit hours may be chosen from CS 49200, CS 49400 or CS 49500.

Supporting Courses Credits: 9


Advanced Communication Credits: 3


(The advanced communication course requirement may be satisfied by any  communication or English course with a prerequisite of COM 11400 or ENG W13100.)

Electives Credits: 24


  • Approved Electives for an area of a Discipline

Total Credits: 120