Nov 12, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science Minor

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Program: Minor
Department of Computer Science  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 125 ~ 260-481-6803

Computer Science is a growing field with a high demand for capable individuals who possess skills in programming, development of software systems, computing, and the flexibility to adapt as technology changes.  The Computer Science program provides students a durable technical foundation in an environment of rapid technical change, promotes their professional growth through contact with the best professional practice, and enables them to play a role in resource and technical leadership in the regional communities.  Students of the program gain the skills and knowledge in Computer programming, Software engineering, Data science, Database systems, Computer networks & security, Web technology, Computer graphics & visualization, Human-computer interaction, Artificial intelligence, Computer architecture, and Theory & algorithms.  Earning a Computer Science Minor will prepare you for a career as a computer professional that is highly sought after and constantly evolving.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The graduates from the Computer Science program are expected to know and gain:

  •  An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.
  •  An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  •  An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  •  An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  •  An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  •  An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  •  An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  •  Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  •  An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  •  An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  •  An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity


  • The B.S. program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Delivery:

  • The Computer Science program is mainly delivered through on-campus courses. However, limited number of courses are available as hybrid courses.

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

  • If you are pursuing a major other than computer science, you may earn a minor in computer science by completing the following courses.

Required Courses: Credits 14

CS 20000+ Electives: Credits 6

     Any CS 20000 level, CS 30000 level or CS 40000 level courses except CS 30600.

GPA Requirement

You must satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Cumulative GPA requirement for graduation.

Academic Regulations

Only computer science courses in which you have earned a grade of C or better can be applied to the degree or used to satisfy prerequisites.

At least 10 credits must be completed at Purdue Fort Wayne or another Purdue Campus.

No credit toward graduation will be given for courses or sequences with overlapping content.

Total Credits Required: 20

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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