Dr. Stephen Leach
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Distance students can earn the same bachelor's degrees as on-campus students, following the same curriculum. The curriculum is specifically designed for a student preparing for a fulfilling lifetime career as a computer professional.
This major provides a broad-based background sufficient for entry to a career in computing. It provides a systems view of computing, emphasizing the interdependence of design, object orientation, and distributed systems and networks, from basic software through systems design.
This major develops core competencies in programming, database structure, computer organization, and operating systems. It allows opportunities to study a range of other aspects of computer and information science, such as information security, data communication/ networks, computer and network systems administration, theoretical computer science, and software engineering. Every student can expect to become proficient at programming in C, C++, and Assembly Language. Additionally, students will be exposed to other languages such as Java, C#, Ada, Lisp, Scheme, Prolog, Perl, and HTML.
Students that apply for the Fall or Spring semesters may have limited options in building a schedule, unless they have taken a course equivalent to COP3014 prior to admission to FSU.
Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Because of reduced requirements in mathematics and theoretical computer science, the Bachelor of Arts degree is not accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Assuming that the student has completed the equivalent of an AA degree and the required prerequisites, the degree can be completed in 2 years by full-time students (4 years by part-time students)
These courses may not be offered every semester.
Pre-requisite coursework includes MAC2140 (3) Precalculus Algebra, and STA 2122 (3) Applied Statistics (preferred) or STA2023 (3) Business Statistics. Students should complete the prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C-" or higher to be considered for entrance to the major program of study.
Students must meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Language Requirement, which explains that students must show language proficiency beyond that required for University admission.
The BA program requires 9 hours of humanities/history beyond Liberal Studies and are also required to have a minor. Although students in this program are free to choose any minor, it is suggested that they minor in Communication since those courses will also satisfy the humanities requirement. Furthermore, the Communication courses are offered online through FSU. At least 45 credit hours need to be at the 3000/4000 level. At least half the courses for the major have to be taken at FSU and the last 30 hours have to be taken at FSU, either on-campus or online.