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Computer science is a dynamically growing discipline. In recognition of this fact, the Department of Computer Science is committed to providing students with a program that includes the basic fundamentals of the field and allows students the flexibility to pursue in depth many of the diverse areas into which computer science is expanding. This is accomplished by providing both instruction in the theoretical principles and experience with a diverse collection of modern hardware and software technologies. The faculty and students of the department cooperatively carry out research in the areas of web technologies, algorithm animation, bioinformatics, networking, educational technology, volunteer computer games, combinatorial algorithms, and mobile computing.

The department offers major programs that emphasize problem solving and communication skills and allow students the flexibility to design programs suitable for their interests and goals. Each student's major program, designed by the student and a departmental advisor, includes a core of computer science courses, a strong component of courses in some field to which computer science can be applied and a senior project seminar involving research or software development under the supervision of a member of the Hope College faculty. By following an appropriate major program, students may prepare themselves for graduate study in computer science or computer science careers involving applications programming, systems programming, systems and network analysis, computer graphics, Web technology, teaching, or software engineering.

A full listing of all courses offered by the department is available here.

Hope students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science, or complete a minor in Computer Science. The requirements for each of these courses of study are shown below:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor in Computer Science

A.B. in Computer Science - 34 credits

Required Courses in Computer Science - 22 Credits
Course Credits Semester Prerequisites
112 - Exploring Computer Science Two Fall None
225 - Software Design and Implementation 4 Both None
235 - Data Structures and Software Design 4 Spring CSCI 225
245 - Programming Language Paradigms Two Fall CSCI 225
255 - Intro to Algorithms & Discrete Structures Four Fall CSCI 235
265 - Computer Organization 4 Spring CSCI 225
481 - Senior Project Seminar 2 Fall CSCI 235; Senior standing
300-Level Required Courses - 8 Credits

Choose at least 2 courses, with at least 1 course from 2 of the 3 groups

Course Credits Semester Prerequisites Group
321 - Applications Programming Four Fall even years CSCI 112 and 235 Applications
342 - Computer Graphics Four Fall even years CSCI 112 or 114 and 235
392 - Database Systems Four Fall odd years CSCI 112 and 235
361 - Programming Language Design & Implementation Four Spring even years CSCI 112, 235, and 245 Foundations
385 - Advanced Data Structures & Algorithms Four Fall odd years CSCI 112, 255; corequisite CSCI 245
335 - Computer Architecture Four Spring odd years CSCI 112/260 Systems
354 - Operating Systems Four Spring even years CSCI 112, 245; corequisite CSCI 265
376 - Computer Networks Four Spring odd years CSCI 112, 245 and 255

 

 

 

 

B.S. in Computer Science - 60 credits (40 Computer Science, 20 math/science)

Required Courses in Computer Science - 24 Credits
Course Credits Semester Prerequisites
112 - Exploring Computer Science Two Fall None
225 - Software Design and Implementation 4 Both None
235 - Data Structures and Software Design 4 Spring CSCI 225
245 - Programming Language Paradigms Two Fall CSCI 225
255 - Introductions to Algorithms & Discrete Structures Four Fall CSCI 235
265 - Introduction to Computer Organization and Architecture 4 Spring CSCI 225
470 - Languages & Machines 2 Spring CSCI 112 and CSCI 255
481 - Senior Project Seminar 2 Fall CSCI 235; Senior standing
300-Level Required Courses - 12 Credits

Choose at least 3 courses, with at least 1 course from each of the 3 groups

Course Credits Semester Prerequisites Group
321 - Applications Programming Four Fall even years CSCI 112 and 235 Applications
342 - Computer Graphics Four Fall even years CSCI 112 or 114 and 235
392 - Database Systems Four Fall odd years CSCI 112 and 235
361 - Programming Language Design & Implementation Four Spring even years CSCI 112, 235, and 245 Foundations
385 - Advanced Data Structures & Algorithms Four Fall odd years CSCI 112, 255; corequisite CSCI 245
335 - Computer Architecture Four Spring odd years CSCI 112/260 Systems
354 - Operating Systems Four Spring even years CSCI 112, 245; corequisite CSCI 265
376 - Computer Networks Four Spring odd years CSCI 112, 245 and 255
Mathematics & Other Science Courses - 20-22 credits
Course Credits Semester Prerequisites
MATH 131 - Calculus I 4 Both None
MATH 132 - Calculus II 4 Both MATH 131
Math Elective 4 Both MATH 132
Other science (this may be computer science, above the 40 credit requirement) 8    

 

 

Computer Science Minor - 20 credits

Required Courses in Computer Science - 6 credits
Course Credits Semester Prerequisites
112 - Exploring Computer Science
Two Fall None
225 - Software Design and Implementation 4 Both None
Elective Computer Science Courses - 14 credits
Any computer science courses numbered higher than 225 count towards this requirement. CSCI 195, Web Design & Implementation, does count towards this requirement.

 

 


 

 

 


In addition, Hope offers an emphasis in Computer Engineering the Department of Engineering.