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Information Technology Minor

Computer Science and Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 16
This interdisciplinary minor requires at least 16 credits, including two core courses from the College of Science & Engineering and three breadth courses from the Colleges of Liberal Arts or Design. The minor enables students in nontechnical disciplines to supplement their major with a practical set of courses focused on information technology.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Minor Courses
Take exactly 2 course(s) from the following:
· CSCI 1001 - Overview of Computer Science [MATH, TS] (4.0 cr)
· CSCI 1103 - Introduction to Computer Programming in Java (4.0 cr)
Breadth Courses
Some of the courses below have prerequisites or require instructor permission. Please see the course catalog or a Department of Computer Science and Engineering adviser for more information.
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 3201 - Introduction to Electronic Media Production (3.0-4.0 cr)
· COMM 3211 - Introduction to U.S. Electronic Media (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4235 - Electronic Media and Ethnic Minorities--A World View (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4291 - New Telecommunication Media (3.0 cr)
· GDES 2334 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GDES 4334 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 5563 - Advanced Geographic Information Science (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5564 - Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3004W - Information for Mass Communication [WI] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3614 - History of Media Communication [HIS, TS] (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 3776 - Mass Communication Law (3.0 cr)
 
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CSCI 1001 - Overview of Computer Science (MATH, TS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Foundations/limits of today's computing/information technology. How to reason about applications/technological advances. Policy issues. Algorithms for automating solutions. Abstraction in design/problem solving. Concepts of computer databases, networks, expert systems human-computer interaction, Internet, Web, desktop software, personal computers. prereq: Non-CSci major, non-CompE major, non-EE major
CSCI 1103 - Introduction to Computer Programming in Java
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental programming concepts/software development using Java language. Problem solving skills. Algorithm development techniques. Use of abstractions/modularity. Data structures/abstract data types. Substantial programming projects. Weekly lab.
COMM 3201 - Introduction to Electronic Media Production
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Production/criticism of messages for electronic media. Theory/practice in planning, scripting, production, and criticism in various electronic media. Student productions in lab.
COMM 3211 - Introduction to U.S. Electronic Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical development and current issues in electronic media technologies and programming. Effects of governmental, industrial, and public organizations on message content. Problem areas of electronic media.
COMM 4235 - Electronic Media and Ethnic Minorities--A World View
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Representation and involvement of various ethnic groups (e.g., African-Americans, Native Americans in United States and Canada, Maori, Turks in Europe) in radio, TV, cable, Internet. Roles of government, industry, public organizations, and minority groups in regulating, managing, and financing ethnic media activities.
COMM 4291 - New Telecommunication Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Development and current status of new telecommunication media such as cable TV, satellites, DBS, MDS, and video disk/cassettes. Technology, historical development, regulation, and programming of these media and their influence on individuals, organizations, and society. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced computer design. Integration of design knowledge with Macintosh computer applications. Students use software to create digital illustration and animations. Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Flash. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or [[4384 or DHA 4384 or 5341 or DHA 5341], [graphic design major or [grad student, experience with computer illustration]]] or instr consent
GEOG 3561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to study of geographic information systems (GIS) for geography and non-geography students. Topics include GIS application domains, data models and sources, analysis methods and output techniques. Lectures, readings and hands-on experience with GIS software. prereq: Jr or sr
GEOG 5563 - Advanced Geographic Information Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced study of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include spatial data models, topology, data encoding, data quality, database management, spatial analysis tools and visualization techniques. Hands-on experience using an advanced vector GIS package. prereq: B or better in 3561 or 5561 or instr consent
GEOG 5564 - Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Core concepts in urban geographic information science including sources for urban geographical and attribute data (including census data), urban data structures (focusing on the TIGER data structure), urban spatial analyses (including location-allocation models), geodemographic analysis, network analysis, and the display of urban data. prereq: 3561 or 5561
JOUR 3004W - Information for Mass Communication (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Information resources for professional/academic work in mass communication. Techniques for locating, retrieving, appraising, verifying information acquired from public records, libraries, research institutions, databases, Internet, observation, interviews. prereq: Jour major or jour minor or approved BIS/IDIM/ICP program
JOUR 3614 - History of Media Communication (HIS, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01819
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical perspective on tools of communication from earliest times to present. Impact of new technologies on society.
JOUR 3776 - Mass Communication Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01768 - Jour 3776/Jour 3776H
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Brief historical background, First Amendment rights, basic law of defamation, free press/fair trial, access to news, access to press, privacy, contempt, obscenity, regulation of broadcasting/advertising.