2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Computer Science Minor

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Computer Science Overview

The Department of Computer Science at Clark University provides a supportive environment and offers rigorous courses and programs, with excellent career prospects for students. We think of computer science neither as a narrow path to the next killer app, nor indeed to any specific product. Rather, computer science is a broad discipline that provides the means to solve complex challenges more efficiently and effectively than ever before.

As a computer science student, you will develop a strong foundation in theory and computational problem-solving skills that are broadly applicable to many disciplines and careers. You will also build your expertise by applying your foundation and skills to practical applications. Our liberal arts curriculum will give you an appreciation for the interconnected nature of our society, and you will graduate ready to apply and extend your skills in society, industry, or research through digital innovations, new discoveries, and never-before-imagined solutions.

Our faculty are well-known researchers, care deeply about teaching, and work hard to help our students achieve their potential. What sets us apart is two-fold:

  • We have outstanding faculty with expertise in a variety of fields - more diverse than what you will find at most small colleges.

  • We are a small department and can provide a more supportive environment than what you will find at a bigger university.

Our faculty and students work together to provide a nurturing community such as one finds in small colleges, with the quality of a big university.

Excellent co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities

Computer science students at Clark have excellent opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including but not limited to the following.  Many of these opportunities are normally reserved for graduate students in other institutions.

  • Work with faculty on research projects, publish co-authored papers, and participate in professional conferences.

  • Follow their own interests, developing innovative projects while working with a faculty advisor.

  • Train and work as undergraduate teaching assistants and computer lab administrators within the department; and work at Clark’s Information Technology Services and other departments.

  • Participate in programming competitions and hackathons - our students have excelled in these events.

  • Engage with Computer Science student clubs for a community, as well as resources, events, and opportunities. The most active CS clubs on campus include ClarkTIE (Clark Center for Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship), C4 (Clark Competitive Computing Club) and ACM chapter at Clark.

Diverse Options for Double Majors, Minors and Concentrations

Computer science students at Clark often have other interests or come from students who initially planned to study other disciplines.  Clark offers a variety of wonderful programs, and many of our students double major or pursue one or more minors in diverse disciplines, such as: Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), Environmental Science, Business Management, Political Science, Geography/GIS, Psychology, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Game Design.

Our students also volunteer in the community, study abroad, create startups, and work toward making a difference in the world.

Outstanding Student Outcomes and Return on Investment

We have an outstanding placement record of computer science students. Our graduates have gone on to some of the most prestigious companies, research labs, and graduate schools in the world. Others choose Clark’s Accelerated Degree Program (also known as “fifth-year program”), offering master’s degrees in many fields such as data analytics, information technology, finance, business administration, and education. The Columbia Combined Plan Program (also known as the 3-2 Engineering Program at Clark) allows students to earn a BA degree from Clark and a BS degree from Columbia University (subject to their admission) in diverse disciplines such as computer science, computer engineering, operations research, and financial engineering.

Recent articles about our students on the Clark website highlight many of their achievements. These students have diverse interests, including double majors and minors, and have been active in student organizations such as Student Council, Model UN, Diversity, Hip Hop, Theatre, Standup Comedy, Martial Arts, Investment, and Entrepreneurship.

For more information, please visit the Department of Computer Science website.

Minor Requirements

The computer science minor requires six courses: CSCI 120 - Introduction to Computing  CSCI 121 - Data Structures , and four other courses in Computer Science  CSCI 122 - Introduction to Discrete Structures  (recommended for CS students) or  MATH 114 - Discrete Mathematics  may substitute for one of these courses), at least one of which is at the 200 level. Students can optionally take CSCI 103 prior to taking CSCI 120 to get a gentle introduction to computing and its critical effects on the society. It is an optional course and does not count towards a student’s minor.

The introductory computer science courses are also part of Clark’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). More specifically, CSCI 120, and 121, are science perspective (SP) courses, and CSCI 122 (recommended for CS students) or Math 114 are formal analysis (FA) courses. in addition to this, CSCI 103 fills both the diversity & inclusion (DI) as well as the formal analysis (FA) perspectives but does not count toward the minor.

Students must earn a minimum course grade of C- in order to receive major or minor credit in Computer Science. No course can be taken as pass/fail for the computer science major or minor.

Below are some sample course sequences for the computer science minor. You’re welcome to consult the computer science faculty and choose other courses that interest you.

Computer Science Faculty

John Magee, Ph.D., Chair
Kenneth Basye, Ph.D.
Frederic Green, Ph.D.
Li Han, Ph.D.
Gary Holness, Ph.D.
Shuo Niu, Ph.D.
Olufemi Odegbile, Ph.D.
Peter Story, Ph.D.
Catalin Veghes, M.S.

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