Computer Science Pathway

The Undergraduate Computer Science Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support needed to succeed at Suffolk University. Upon meeting requirements, students progress into the BS in Computer Science program. Other degree options are available as well. Program duration is based on English language abilities determined at the time of admission to the University.

Three types of Undergraduate Computer Science Pathways are available.

1 Semester Pathway Program

This program is composed of one semester of pathway programming, which counts toward the student's undergraduate degree.

Requirements: 5 courses, 17 credits

Prerequisites:

CAS students only. SBS students by special permission.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

CAS 101 is a one-credit course that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. It is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as a student. You will present speeches about your research and activities to improve your abilities as a speaker.

Prerequisites:

MATH placement 3 or higher, MATH-121, MATH-164, or MATH-165 (previous or concurrent)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is a rigorous introduction to computer science in Python with an emphasis on problem solving structured programming object-oriented programming and graphical user interfaces. Topics include expressions input/output control structures intrinsic data types classes and methods iteration top-down programming arrays graphical user interfaces and elements of UML. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to link thematically and rhetorically to EAP 104. By taking both courses you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to strengthen the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work by using course materials that will help us to understand cultural social and global issues in the contemporary world. We will work together as a class to continue to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will think critically about social change and contemporary social problems. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting writing a strong thesis statement revising editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism and will conduct our own research on topics relating to issues of cultural social and global perspectives.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C, MATH-075, or MATH level 5

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Functions limits and continuity squeeze theorem limits at infinity; instantaneous rate of change tangent slopes and the definition of the derivative of a function; power product and quotient rules trig derivatives chain rule implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; derivatives of other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions exponential and log functions hyperbolic trig functions); applications of the derivative (implicit differentiation related rates optimization differentials curve sketching L'Hopital's rule); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Note: Course sequence may vary based on math placement

2 Semester Pathway Program

This program is composed of two semesters of pathway programming, which counts toward the student's undergraduate degree.

Requirements: 9 courses, 33 credits

Semester 1 (5 courses, 17 credits)

Prerequisites:

CAS students only. SBS students by special permission.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

CAS 101 is a one-credit course that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. It is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as a student. You will present speeches about your research and activities to improve your abilities as a speaker.

Prerequisites:

MATH placement 3 or higher, MATH-121, MATH-164, or MATH-165 (previous or concurrent)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is a rigorous introduction to computer science in Python with an emphasis on problem solving structured programming object-oriented programming and graphical user interfaces. Topics include expressions input/output control structures intrinsic data types classes and methods iteration top-down programming arrays graphical user interfaces and elements of UML. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to focus on the oral communication skills needed to be successful students as well as successful professionals. Through lectures text and practical applications; students will learn how to select a topic tailor a presentation to a specific audience research design and structure an oral presentation. Students will also learn to collaborate with a team of colleagues utilize visual aids and critique professional/rhetorical situations. In addition students will expand their listening skills to extract meaning from and take notes on authentic academic conversations and lectures. In addition EAP 101 is linked thematically and rhetorically to EAP 102. By taking both courses you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge. "

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work. We will work together as a class to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting writing a strong thesis statement revising editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C, MATH-075, or MATH level 5

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Functions limits and continuity squeeze theorem limits at infinity; instantaneous rate of change tangent slopes and the definition of the derivative of a function; power product and quotient rules trig derivatives chain rule implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; derivatives of other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions exponential and log functions hyperbolic trig functions); applications of the derivative (implicit differentiation related rates optimization differentials curve sketching L'Hopital's rule); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Semester 2 (4 courses, 16 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course offers a basic introduction to American culture and society through the study of American History. The city of Boston and its extraordinary history and institutions will be at the heart of the class and students will frequently visit sites close to the campus. Topics will focus on areas such as the way people from different cultures have understood and misunderstood each other; the evolution of American politics and political institutions; the American Revolution and the founding documents and institutions of the United States; the distinct forms of American religion American literature and the American economy; slavery and race in American society; the rise of America to world power; the changing role of women; the New Deal and the rise of the modern welfare state; immigration; the development of popular culture; and the meaning of Donald Trump. This course fulfills te core requirement for the American Studies Minor. Enrollees in the Minor program may not register for AMST-111 Defining America and Americans.

Prerequisites:

CMPSC-F131

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Computer Science II (CSII) is the continuation of Computer Science I. The purpose of CSII is to expand students' understanding of Computer Science and computer programming assuming that they have the basic knowledge of the Python language. The course introduce another programming language - Java - and also focuses on the pure Object-Oriented features of Java such as inheritance polymorphism and exceptions as well as on simple data structures (lists stacks and queues) and algorithms (searching and sorting). By the end of the semester students will be able to develop sizable computer programs in Java.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to link thematically and rhetorically to EAP 104. By taking both courses you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to strengthen the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work by using course materials that will help us to understand cultural social and global issues in the contemporary world. We will work together as a class to continue to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will think critically about social change and contemporary social problems. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting writing a strong thesis statement revising editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism and will conduct our own research on topics relating to issues of cultural social and global perspectives.

Note: Course sequence may vary based on math placement

3 Semester Pathway Program

This program is composed of three semesters of pathway programming. Academic English courses taken in term 1 are not for academic credit. All courses taken in terms 2 and 3 will count towards the student’s undergraduate degree.

Requirements: 14 courses, 37 credits

Semester 1 (5 courses, 4 credits)

Prerequisites:

Academic English students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

The goal of this course is to increase fluency and build student confidence in listening and speaking through a variety of student-centered activities. Specifically students will advance and practice their listening and speaking skills in academic situations including group work note-taking exercises oral presentations and class discussions. Vocabulary pronunciation delivery and active listening will be addressed among other skills. This course is designed for students at an intermediate level. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

Academic English students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

The goal of this course is to increase accuracy and build student confidence in reading and writing through a variety of student-centered activities. Specifically students will advance and practice their reading and writing skills on a variety of topics through critical reading critical thinking and essay writing. Sentence level paragraph level and essay level writing with a focus on grammar punctuation and organization among other skills will be addressed. This course is designed for students at an intermediate level. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

Academic English students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

This course is designed to ensure a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. Through class discussions readings and assignments students will discuss a variety of topics including academic success strategies personal goals and self-awareness. Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful university student. This course is designed for students at an intermediate level. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

Academic English students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

This course will focus on American literature culture and history. Course readings may include short stories poetry plays excerpts of novels and/or films that have impacted American history and explore the many aspects of American culture. The course focuses on reading comprehension vocabulary development presentation skillls and research. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C, MATH-075, or MATH level 5

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Functions limits and continuity squeeze theorem limits at infinity; instantaneous rate of change tangent slopes and the definition of the derivative of a function; power product and quotient rules trig derivatives chain rule implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; derivatives of other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions exponential and log functions hyperbolic trig functions); applications of the derivative (implicit differentiation related rates optimization differentials curve sketching L'Hopital's rule); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Semester 2 (5 courses, 17 credits)

Prerequisites:

CAS students only. SBS students by special permission.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

CAS 101 is a one-credit course that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. It is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as a student. You will present speeches about your research and activities to improve your abilities as a speaker.

Prerequisites:

MATH placement 3 or higher, MATH-121, MATH-164, or MATH-165 (previous or concurrent)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is a rigorous introduction to computer science in Python with an emphasis on problem solving structured programming object-oriented programming and graphical user interfaces. Topics include expressions input/output control structures intrinsic data types classes and methods iteration top-down programming arrays graphical user interfaces and elements of UML. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to focus on the oral communication skills needed to be successful students as well as successful professionals. Through lectures text and practical applications; students will learn how to select a topic tailor a presentation to a specific audience research design and structure an oral presentation. Students will also learn to collaborate with a team of colleagues utilize visual aids and critique professional/rhetorical situations. In addition students will expand their listening skills to extract meaning from and take notes on authentic academic conversations and lectures. In addition EAP 101 is linked thematically and rhetorically to EAP 102. By taking both courses you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge. "

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work. We will work together as a class to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting writing a strong thesis statement revising editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism.

Subsequent math course based on semester 1 math placement

Semester 3 (4 courses, 16 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course offers a basic introduction to American culture and society through the study of American History. The city of Boston and its extraordinary history and institutions will be at the heart of the class and students will frequently visit sites close to the campus. Topics will focus on areas such as the way people from different cultures have understood and misunderstood each other; the evolution of American politics and political institutions; the American Revolution and the founding documents and institutions of the United States; the distinct forms of American religion American literature and the American economy; slavery and race in American society; the rise of America to world power; the changing role of women; the New Deal and the rise of the modern welfare state; immigration; the development of popular culture; and the meaning of Donald Trump. This course fulfills te core requirement for the American Studies Minor. Enrollees in the Minor program may not register for AMST-111 Defining America and Americans.

Prerequisites:

CMPSC-F131

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Computer Science II (CSII) is the continuation of Computer Science I. The purpose of CSII is to expand students' understanding of Computer Science and computer programming assuming that they have the basic knowledge of the Python language. The course introduce another programming language - Java - and also focuses on the pure Object-Oriented features of Java such as inheritance polymorphism and exceptions as well as on simple data structures (lists stacks and queues) and algorithms (searching and sorting). By the end of the semester students will be able to develop sizable computer programs in Java.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to link thematically and rhetorically to EAP 104. By taking both courses you will be honing the practice of transferring knowledge between courses as well as between school and your personal experiences and prior knowledge.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to strengthen the academic reading and writing skills that will be applicable to your collegiate course work by using course materials that will help us to understand cultural social and global issues in the contemporary world. We will work together as a class to continue to develop the analytical skills necessary to produce well-organized and well-written essays. We will think critically about social change and contemporary social problems. We will pay significant attention to the writing process including prewriting writing a strong thesis statement revising editing and proofreading. We will review the proper use of sources so as to avoid plagiarism and will conduct our own research on topics relating to issues of cultural social and global perspectives.

Note: Course sequence may vary based on math placement