Courses

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

COMP 100 , COMP 110 , COMP 120 , COMP 150 , COMP 151 , COMP 160 , COMP 230 , COMP 280 , COMP 285 , COMP 300 , COMP 305 , COMP 310 , COMP 340 , COMP 341 , COMP 345 , COMP 350 , COMP 355 , COMP 360 , COMP 365 , COMP 370 , COMP 375 , COMP 380 , COMP 382 , COMP 385 , COMP 421 , COMP 422 , COMP 465W , COMP 480 , COMP 491 , COMP 492 , COMP 494 , COMP 495 , COMP 498 , COMP 499

COMP 100 | INTRODUCTORY COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

An elementary introduction to computer programming and applications for non-majors and non-minors. Computer organization; problem solving; algorithms; structured programming in a simple computer language; computer applications; and current issues and trends in computer science. This course does not satisfy any of the requirements for the computer science major or minor and is not a substitute for COMP 150.

COMP 110 | COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING

Units: 3.5 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 115

An introduction to computational problem solving using the Python programming language. Students will learn the basic elements of programming (e.g. conditionals, loops, inputs/outputs), modular program design, and the basics of data abstraction through object-oriented programming.

COMP 120 | PROGRAMMING ABSTRACTIONS AND METHODOLOGIES

Units: 3.5 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 110

A continued exploration of computational problem solving, with a focus on using abstraction to manage program complexity. Students will learn to use both functional and data abstractions, analyze the time and space complexity of algorithms, and utilize functional, object-oriented, and event-driven paradigms within their programs.

COMP 150 | COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 115 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or MATH 130 or MATH 150

Algorithms and programming in a selected computer language; expressions, statements, basic data types; sequence, decision, iteration; functions and procedures; arrays; recursion; file input and output; loop invariants; syntax analysis; and program design, documentation, validation, and debugging. Prereq: MATH 115 with a minimum grade of C-, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam. COMP 100 is not a prerequisite.

COMP 151 | COMPUTER PROGRAMMING II

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 150

Continuation of COMP 150. Basic data structures, including lists, stacks, queues, and binary trees; abstract data types; sorting and searching algorithms; exception handling; event driven programming;.

COMP 160 | PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: COMP 150

Introduction to a particular high-level programming language such as C, C++, Python, Ruby, MATLAB, and Maple. Programming assignments appropriate to the language studied. Prereq: COMP 150 with a grade of C- or better. This course does not satisfy any of the requirements for the major in computer science.

COMP 230 | ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM MODELING

Units: 3.5 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 120

Advanced data structures (e.g. graphs, priority queues, quad trees, etc.) from the perspective of solving advanced computational problems. Students will learn to program in the Java programming language using object-oriented features such as inheritance, interfaces and generics.

COMP 280 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Units: 3.5 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 120

Introduction to computer systems; data representation; machine/assembly languages; memory organization; virtual memory; and concurrency.

COMP 285 | DATA STRUCTURES & ALGORITHMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (COMP 151 and MATH 160)

Data structures, algorithm analysis and general programming design and applications; balanced trees, hashing, priority queues, sets, and graphs; more on sorting and searching; Prereq: COMP 151 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 300 | PRINCIPLES OF DIGITAL HARDWARE

Units: 3.5 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 160 and COMP 280

Combinational and sequential logic, registers, arithmetic units. Introduction to computer architecture. Three lectures and one laboratory per week.

COMP 305 | OBJECT-ORIENTED DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: COMP 285

Classes, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, class derivation, abstract classes, namespaces, function overloading and overriding, function name overload resolution, container classes, template classes; unified modeling language (UML); constructing conceptual models, system sequence diagrams; design patterns; case studies. Prereq: COMP 285 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 310 | OPERATING SYSTEMS

Units: 3.5-4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 280

Principles of computer operating systems; process management; memory management; file systems; protection; deadlock. Concurrent programming.

COMP 340 | NUMERICAL ANALYSIS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and COMP 150

Approximate computations and round-off errors; Taylor expansions; numerical solution of equations and systems of equations; systems of linear equations; numerical integration; numerical solution of differential equations; interpolation; and problem solving on the computer. Prereq: COMP 150 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better. Cross-listed as MATH 340.

COMP 341 | NUMERICAL ANALYSIS II

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 320 and MATH 330 (Can be taken Concurrently) and COMP 340

Estimation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices; numerical solutions of differential equations, existence, and stability theory; and computer lab assignments. Prereq: MATH 250, 320, 330 (may be taken concurrently), and COMP 340, all with a grade of C- or better. Cross-listed as MATH 341.

COMP 345 | DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS DESIGN

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: COMP 285

Introduction to database concepts; data models; query facilities; and file organization and security. Prereq: COMP 285 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 350 | COMPUTER GRAPHICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and COMP 285

The development of high-level, device-independent graphics routines; basic line drawing algorithms, text design, and other graphics primitives; 2-D representations of coordinate systems, image segmentation, and windowing. Prereq: COMP 285 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 355 | DIGITAL MODELING AND SIMULATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and COMP 305

Mathematical modeling; probabilistic and deterministic simulations; pseudo-random number generators; event generators; queuing theory; game theory; and continuous models involving ordinary and partial differential equations. Prereq: COMP 305 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 360 | PRINCIPLES OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: COMP 285

The organization of programming languages with emphasis on language semantics; language definition, data types, and control structures of various languages. Prereq: COMP 285 with a grade of C- or better; COMP 280 is recommended.

COMP 365 | PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 280

Introduction to fundamental concepts in cyber security: policies, threats, vulnerabilities, risk and controls; Identification and authentication; Access control; Cryptographic mechanisms: Ciphers, hashes, message authentication codes, and digital certificates; Malware, infection vectors, and mitigations; Attacks on various application domains, such as web applications; Tools and techniques for developing secure software.

COMP 370 | AUTOMATA, COMPUTABILITY AND FORMAL LANGUAGES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (COMP 230 or COMP 285) and MATH 222

Finite state machines; formal grammars; computability and Turing machines.

COMP 375 | NETWORKING

Units: 3.5 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 280

Introduction to the design and implementation of computer and communication networks. The focus is on the concepts and the fundamental design principles that have contributed to the global Internet’s success. Topics covered will include MAC layer design (Ethernet/802.11), the TCP/IP protocol stack, routing algorithms, congestion control and reliability, and applications (HTTP, FTP, etc.) and advanced topics such as peer-to-peer networks and network simulation tools. Recent trends in networking such as multimedia networking, mobile/cellular networks and sensor networks will also be discussed. Prereq: COMP 280 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 380 | NEURAL NETWORKS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: COMP 285 and MATH 151

A study of the fundamental concepts, architectures, learning algorithms and applications of various artificial neural networks, including perceptron, Kohonen self organizing maps, learning vector quantization, backpropagation, and radial basis functions. Prereq: COMP 285 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 382 | INTRODUCTION TO DATA MINING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 230

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining with a primary focus on fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of association analysis, classification and clustering modeling. It will also cover ethical issues related to data mining.

COMP 385 | COMPILER CONSTRUCTION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 300 and COMP 310

Students in this class will implement a scanner, a compiler, and an interpreter. The goal of this course is to establish a competence in data transformation and translation within the context of computer language compilation and interpretation. Students will exercise their individual contribution capabilities and teamwork skills while implementing a trio of software systems that will require a significant associated verification/test effort. Every Spring.

COMP 421 | EMBEDDED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 280

Development of "bare metal" embedded software, running on a microcontroller with no operating system support. Real-time requirements for finishing tasks within a fixed interval of time and for responding to asynchronous events are emphasized, along with techniques for writing reliable code for a memory-constrained microcontroller. All code is written in C using freely available development tools.

COMP 422 | ADVANCED EMBEDDED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 421 or GENG 421

Development of embedded software (firmware) using a real-time operating system (RTOS). Development of an application as a set of independent threads that communicate with each other via message queues and semaphores.

COMP 465W | SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Core Attributes: Writing-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: COMP 305

Theoretical and practical aspects of software development; project planning; requirements and specification; general and detailed design; implementation; validation and verification; formal documentation. Students will participate in developing documentation for a large software project. Prereq: COMP 305 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 480 | ALGORITHMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and COMP 285

Advanced theory of algorithms. Topics may include: algorithm analysis; algorithm design techniques; and computational complexity. Prereq: COMP 285 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better.

COMP 491 | SENIOR PROJECT I

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 305

Students will develop professional skills in realistic software design and engineering, including human/computer interface design techniques, software architecture, teamwork, and project management, incorporating technical and non-technical considerations. Work will prepare students for implementing, testing and documenting the project in COMP 492, Senior Project II.

COMP 492 | SENIOR PROJECT II

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 491

This course is the culmination of the senior project. Students will implement, test and document the software project based on the plan developed in COMP 491. Students will present the results of their project in both oral and written form.

COMP 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: COMP 305

Topics of special interest chosen by the instructor. Prereq: COMP 305 with a grade of C- or better and consent of the instructor. COMP 494 may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

COMP 495 | SENIOR PROJECT

Units: 2

Prerequisites: COMP 465W

The course involves participation in a capstone senior project of substantial interest to computer scientists. Emphasis is on the design and implementation of computer systems for real-world problems. A final written report and oral presentation in the presence of other students and faculty are required. Prereq: COMP 465W with a grade of C- or better and senior standing.

COMP 498 | INTERNSHIP

Core Attributes: Law - Experiential

Practical experience in the application of the principles of computer science. Students will be involved in a software or hardware project. Enrollment is arranged on an individual basis according to the student’s interest, background, and the availability of positions. A written report is required. Units may not normally be applied toward the major or minor in computer science. COMP 498 may be repeated for a total of three units.

COMP 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Core Attributes: Law - Experiential

Prerequisites: COMP 151

Individual study including library or laboratory research or program writing. A written report is required. Prereq: COMP 151 and consent of instructor. COMP 499 may be repeated for a total of three units.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Computer Science Major (BS)

Preparation for the Major

Required Courses
COMP 110Computational Problem Solving3.5
COMP 120Programming Abstractions and Methodologies 3.5
COMP 230Advanced Computational Problem Modeling 3.5
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems3.5
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 222Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 320Linear Algebra3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
Total Units31

Major Requirements

Required Core Computer Science Courses
COMP 305Object-Oriented Design and Programming3
COMP 370Automata, Computability and Formal Languages3
COMP 480Algorithms3
COMP 491Senior Project I3
COMP 492Senior Project II3
Systems Courses
Select two of the following courses:7
COMP 300Principles of Digital Hardware
COMP 310Operating Systems
COMP 375Networking
Upper-Division Elective Courses
Select nine upper-division units from the following:9
COMP 340Numerical Analysis
COMP 341Numerical Analysis II
COMP 345Database Management Systems Design
COMP 350Computer Graphics
COMP 360Principles of Programming Languages
COMP 365Principles of Information Security
COMP 380Neural Networks
COMP 382Introduction to Data Mining
COMP 421Embedded Software Development
COMP 422Advanced Embedded Software Development
COMP 494Special Topics
COMP 499Independent Study
CYBR 500Foundations of Cyber Security (6 units)
Total Units31

Notes: 
1) At least 15 of the the upper-division units in the the major must be completed at USD.
2) Students may not receive credit towards their undergraduate degree for both COMP 365 and CYBR 500.

Recommended Program of Study: Computer Science (BS)

First Year
Semester IUnits
COMP 110Computational Problem Solving3.5
MATH 150Calculus I4
Core Curriculum9
Semester IIHours
COMP 120Programming Abstractions and Methodologies 3.5
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 222Discrete Mathematics3
Core Curriculum6
Second Year
Semester IHours
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems3.5
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
Core Curriculum9.5-11.5
Semester IIHours
COMP 230Advanced Computational Problem Modeling 3.5
COMP Systems Course3.5
MATH 320Linear Algebra3
Core Curriculum and Electives6.5-8.5
Third Year
Semester IHours
COMP 305Object-Oriented Design and Programming3
COMP Systems Course or Upper-Division COMP Elective3-3.5
Core Curriculum and Electives9-12
Semester IIHours
COMP 370Automata, Computability and Formal Languages3
COMP Systems Course or Upper-Division COMP Elective3-3.5
Upper-Division COMP Elective3
Core Curriculum and Electives6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
COMP 480Algorithms3
COMP 491Senior Project I3
Core Curriculum and Electives9-12
Semester IIHours
COMP 492Senior Project II3
Upper-Division COMP Elective3
Core Curriculum and Electives9-12

Concentrations in Computer Science (9 - 9.5 units)

Concentrations allow majors to develop a level of depth in a particular area of computer science.  Courses taken toward a concentration may also apply to the upper-division elective requirements of the major.  Concentrations are optional, and so are not required by the computer science major.

Concentration in Embedded Software Development
COMP 421Embedded Software Development3
COMP 422Advanced Embedded Software Development3
One of the following courses:3-3.5
COMP 365Principles of Information Security
COMP 375Networking
Total Units9-9.5
Concentration in Cyber Security
CYBR 500Foundations of Cyber Security6
One of the following:3-3.5
COMP 375Networking
An additional CYBR course
Total Units9-9.5

Notes: 
1) Students choosing the Embedded Software Development, or Cyber Security concentration may not use COMP 375 to satisfy the Systems Course requirement in the Computer Science major.
2) Students completing the Cyber Security concentration by taking nine units of 500-level CYBR classes must be enrolled in the Combined Undergraduate Computer Science and MS in Cyber Security Engineering program at the time the second CYBR course is taken.

Combined BS or BA Computer Science and Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering (MSCSE) Program

A student who has applied, accepted, and indicated that they will enter the MSCSE program, can apply up to twelve 500-level CYBR units to both their undergraduate degree requirements in Computer Science, and to the requirements of the MSCSE program.  Those units shall include CYBR 500 and any of the following: CYBR courses: 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 570, 580, 590.

The MSCSE program requires 30 units (computer science majors do not need to take a 6-unit course in software fundamentals that would bring the unit count to 36), and MSCSE  students take 6 units per semester.  So a student who completes 12 units as an undergraduate can complete the remaining 18 units in three terms (summer, fall, and spring).  Thus, a student can earn a BS or BA in computer science plus an MS in Cyber Security Engineering in 4 years of undergraduate coursework plus 1 year of graduate coursework.

The Computer Science Major (BA)

Preparation for the Major

Required Courses
COMP 110Computational Problem Solving3.5
COMP 120Programming Abstractions and Methodologies 3.5
COMP 230Advanced Computational Problem Modeling 3.5
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems3.5
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 222Discrete Mathematics3
Elective Math Course
Select one of the following:3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics
MATH 320Linear Algebra
Total Units24

Major Requirements

Required Core Computer Science Courses
COMP 305Object-Oriented Design and Programming3
COMP 480Algorithms3
COMP 491Senior Project I3
COMP 492Senior Project II3
Systems Course
Select one of the following courses:3.5
COMP 300Principles of Digital Hardware
COMP 310Operating Systems
COMP 375Networking
Upper-Division Elective Courses
Select nine upper-division units from the following:9
COMP 340Numerical Analysis
COMP 341Numerical Analysis II
COMP 345Database Management Systems Design
COMP 350Computer Graphics
COMP 360Principles of Programming Languages
COMP 365Principles of Information Security
COMP 370Automata, Computability and Formal Languages
COMP 380Neural Networks
COMP 382Introduction to Data Mining
COMP 421Embedded Software Development
COMP 422Advanced Embedded Software Development
COMP 494Special Topics
COMP 499Independent Study
CYBR 500Foundations of Cyber Security
Total Units24.5

Notes: 
1)
At least 15 of the upper-division units in the major must be completed at USD.
2) Students may not receive credit towards their undergraduate degree for both COMP 365 and CYBR 500.

Recommended Program of Study: Computer Science (BA)

First Year
Semester IUnits
COMP 110Computational Problem Solving3.5
MATH 150Calculus I4
Core Curriculum9
Semester IIHours
COMP 120Programming Abstractions and Methodologies 3.5
MATH 222Discrete Mathematics3
Core Curriculum9
Second Year
Semester IHours
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems3.5
ISYE 330
or MATH 320
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Linear Algebra
3
CC9-11.5
Semester IIHours
COMP 230Advanced Computational Problem Modeling 3.5
Core Curriculum and Electives12-14.5
Third Year
Semester IHours
COMP 305Object-Oriented Design and Programming3
COMP Systems Course or Upper-Division COMP Elective3
Core Curriculum and Electives10-12
Semester IIHours
COMP Systems Course or Upper-Division COMP Elective3
Upper-Division COMP Elective3
Core Curriculum and Electives10-12
Senior Year
Semester IHours
COMP 480Algorithms3
COMP 491Senior Project I3
Core Curriculum and Electives9-12
Semester IIHours
COMP 492Senior Project II3
Upper-Division COMP Elective3
Core Curriculum and Electives9-12

Concentrations in Computer Science (9 - 9.5 units)

Concentrations allow majors to develop a level of depth in a particular area of computer science.  Courses taken toward a concentration may also apply to the upper-division elective requirements of the major.  Concentrations are optional, and so are not required by the computer science major.

Concentration in Embedded Software Development
COMP 421Embedded Software Development3
COMP 422Advanced Embedded Software Development3
One of the following courses:3-3.5
COMP 365Principles of Information Security
COMP 375Networking
Total Units9-9.5
Concentration in Cyber Security
CYBR 500Foundations of Cyber Security6
One of the following:3-3.5
COMP 375Networking
An additional CYBR course numbered CYBR 520 or higher
Total Units9-9.5

Notes: 
1) Students choosing the Embedded Software Development, or Cyber Security concentration may not use COMP 375 to satisfy the Systems Course requirement in the Computer Science major.
2) Students completing the Cyber Security concentration by taking nine units of 500-level CYBR classes must be enrolled in the Combined Undergraduate Computer Science and MS in Cyber Security Engineering program at the time the second CYBR course is taken.

Combined BS or BA Computer Science and Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering (MSCSE) Program

A student who has applied, accepted, and indicated that they will enter the MSCSE program, can apply up to twelve 500-level CYBR units to both their undergraduate degree requirements in Computer Science, and to the requirements of the MSCSE program.  Those units shall include CYBR 500 and any of the following: CYBR courses: 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 570, 580, 590.

The MSCSE program requires 30 units (computer science majors do not need to take a 6-unit course in software fundamentals that would bring the unit count to 36), and MSCSE  students take 6 units per semester.  So a student who completes 12 units as an undergraduate can complete the remaining 18 units in three terms (summer, fall, and spring).  Thus, a student can earn a BS or BA in computer science plus an MS in Cyber Security Engineering in 4 years of undergraduate coursework plus 1 year of graduate coursework.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Computer Science Minors

Students wishing to major in another field while also developing competency in the use of computers are encouraged to choose one of the minors described below.

The Minor in Computer Science

The computer science minor is intended for students who have a general interest in the workings and uses of computers. Minimum requirements for the minor in computer science are:

COMP 150Computer Programming I3
COMP 151Computer Programming II3
12 additional units 112
1

At least 9 of which are in upper division courses, excluding COMP 498. One course at most from ELEC 310ELEC 340ELEC 410, and ELEC 450 can count toward these 12 units. COMP 300 and ELEC 310 cannot both apply toward the 12 units.

Note: Neither COMP 100 nor COMP 498 may be applied toward the requirements for the minor in computer science.

The Minor in Information Science

The information science minor is intended for students who have a special interest in the analysis, design, implementation, and use of computer-based information systems and organizations. Minimum requirements for the minor in information science are:

COMP 150Computer Programming I3
COMP 151Computer Programming II3
COMP 285Data Structures & Algorithms3
ITMG 350Management Information Systems3
Nine additional units 19
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At least 6 of which are in upper division courses chosen from:

  1. the computer science offerings listed in this course catalog, excluding COMP 100 and COMP 498. COMP 345 is highly recommended.
  2. ITMG 350 Management Information Systems