The Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University offers course work leading to bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in computer science. The Bachelor of Science program was the first in the region to be nationally accredited by the Computing Science Accreditation Board, Inc., later to merge with ABET, Inc.
The computer science courses required for the bachelor's degree are typically taught by our regular faculty, all of whom hold a doctoral degree. As an undergraduate student, you are assigned an advisor to help in choosing electives in your particular area of interest. If you have no computer experience, we offer introductory courses for you in the standard curriculum for majors. If you are an advanced undergraduate student, it is possible for you to take graduate courses while you are completing your undergraduate program. An extensive and varied set of elective courses in every aspect of computer science is available as well.
We offer the most comprehensive and varied computer science program in the region. In the core courses required of all majors you are offered an opportunity to study concepts, applications and implementation techniques which provide a broad and practical base both for further study and for a career in computing. Through advanced undergraduate and graduate courses you have an opportunity for an in-depth study of topics such as artificial intelligence, software engineering, computer graphics, system simulation, computer communication networks, multimedia, operating systems and database management systems. The department is expanding offerings in software engineering, information assurance and bioinformatics. You are encouraged to choose courses from related areas, such as business, economics, engineering, mathematics, operations research and statistics to broaden your program of study. A senior capstone experience that integrates multiple areas in computer science is required and provides an opportunity to add maturity to the computer science skill set before graduation.
Many exciting activities of the last 30 years have involved computer science-from the space shuttle, to the Olympics, to efforts to save the world's rain forests. Computer scientists choose jobs in business, industry, teaching, research, agriculture, energy and other areas. They work in systems analysis, management information processing, databases, software systems, operating systems, process control systems, automation systems, simulation models, new computer design, security, encryption, gaming and development or management.
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineers, network systems and data communication analysts, computer scientists and database administrators are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2016. Employment of these computer specialists is expected to increase much faster than average.
As an undergraduate student, you will find many opportunities to work part-time as a research assistant on campus, or as an intern with a local or regional business.
Graduates of our department have recently accepted employment in major national businesses and industries, including Hewlett- Packard, IBM, AT&T, CISCO Systems, Oracle, Echelon, Cargill, SGI, Microsoft, Digikey, Phoenix International, and Thompson Reuters. Many have chosen positions in North Dakota and adjoining states. There is a large and growing need for computer professionals in North Dakota.
During the final semester of their senior year, students take part in a capstone program. The objective of the capstone program is to provide the students with an experience that brings together the technical knowledge that they have acquired, while fostering valuable teamwork skills. This is accomplished by working in small teams on "real life" projects. Capstone projects are done in conjunction with corporate, industrial or government clients/sponsors. Some of our recent sponsors have been 3M, Appareo, ATK, CNSE, IBM, Microsoft, NISC, Noridian, Phoenix International, Polaris, Rockwell Collins, Sundog, Thomson Reuters, and West Corp.
The department is located in the Industrial Agriculture and Communications Center along with Information Technology Services. Students have free access to a wide range of computer systems. All students have free access to full-function Internet and World Wide Web facilities.
Equipment includes clusters of UNIX workstations, high-end microcomputers, Macs, and peripheral equipment including digitizers, plotters and laser printers. The department and the University have assumed a leadership role in computer networking through the acquisition and implementation of high-bandwidth network switches on campus. The University also has entered into a six-state consortium for extremely high level networking in the Upper Midwest and connectivity to the National Science Foundation supercomputer centers. We are also a charter member of Internet 2 and have connectivity to the national VBNS research network. Residence halls are connected to the campus network, making it easy for students with computers to access remote information for course work and various investigations. The department maintains a Web server with class assignments and other information which is accessed by thousands of users each day. The University provides more than 500 computers for student use.
High School Preparation
You should have the basic college preparatory courses. Courses that develop the ability to think logically, to organize and to analyze are especially recommended (e.g., algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and calculus).
- Sameer Abufardeh, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
- Rui Dai, Ph.D., Georgia Tech
- Anne Denton, Ph.D., University of Mainz, Germany Hyunsook
- Hyunsook Do, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- Wei Jin, Ph.D., University at Buffalo, New York
- Jun Kong, Ph.D., University of Texas, Dallas
- Dean Knudson, Ph.D., Northwestern University
- Juan Li, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
- Simone Ludwig, Ph.D., Brunel University, UK
- Ken Magel, Ph.D., Brown University, Rhode Island
- Oksana Myronovych, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
- Ken Nygard, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute
- Bill Perrizo, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
- Saeed Salem, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Brian Slator, Ph.D., New Mexico State University
- Vasant Ubhaya, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
- Gursimran Walia, Ph.D., Mississippi State University
- Changhui Yan, Ph.D., Iowa State University
- Carole Huber, Administrative Assistant
- Betty Opheim, Administrative Secretary
- Stephanie Sculthorp, Administrative Secretary
- Adam Helsene, Systems Administrator
General Education RequirementsCredits
|First Year Experience |
|Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success
| Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
|Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
|| 3, 3
|Engl. 321 - Writing in Technical Professions or
| Engl. 324 - Writing in the Sciences
|Math. 146 - Applied Calculus I (B.A.) or
Math. 165 - Calculus I (B.S.)
|Science & Technology|| 10 |
|Humanities & Fine Arts
|Social and Behavioral Sciences
|| 2 |
| Cultural Diversity
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|CSci. 160, 161 - Computer Science I and II
|CSci. 213 - Modern Software Development
|CSci. 222 - Discrete Mathematics
|CSci. 313 - Software Development for Games
|CSci. 366 - Database Systems
|CSci. 445 - Software Projects
|| 3 |
|CSci. 489 - Social Implications of Computers
|| 3 |
Additional Requirements (B.A. Only)Credits
|CSci. 114 - Microcomputer Packages
|CSci. 159 - Computer Science Problem Solving
|CSci. 371 - Web Scripting Languages
|CSci. 488 - Human-Computer Interaction
|Comm. 260 - Principles of Internet Web-based Design
|Comm. 261 - Introduction to Web Development
|Stat. 330 - Introductory Statistics
|Stat. 331 - Regression Analysis
|Humanities and Social Science Electives || 12|
Additional Requirements (B.S. Only)Credits
|CSci. 336 - Theoretical Computer Science II
|CSci. 372 - Comparative Languages
|CSci. 374 - Computer Organization and Architecture
|CSci. 415 - Parallel Computation and Networks
|CSci. 467 - Algorithm Analysis
|CSci. 474 - Operating Systems Concepts
|Math. 166 - Calculus II
|Stat. 367 & 368 - Probability and Statistics
|Humanities & Fine Arts Electives
|Computer Science Electives
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.
Joan Krush, Academic Adviser
Department of Computer Science
North Dakota State University
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8562
Fax: (701) 231-8255
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8643
Fax: (701) 231-8802