Computer Science Foundations

Winter 2019
Spring 2019
Olympia
Olympia
Day
Freshman–Senior
16Variable
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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Taught by

Richard Weiss
mathematics, computer science

In this program students will learn the intellectual concepts and skills essential for advanced work in computer science and beneficial for computing work in support of other disciplines. This program is introductory, yet rigorous. Students will have the opportunity to achieve a deep understanding of increasingly complex computing systems by acquiring knowledge and skills in mathematical abstraction, problem solving, and the organization and analysis of hardware and software systems. The program will cover material such as algorithms, data structures, computer organization and architecture, logic, discrete mathematics, and programming, in the context of the liberal arts. The program is compatible with the model curriculum developed by the Association for Computing Machinery's Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium.

The program content will be organized around four interwoven themes. The Computational Organization theme covers concepts and structures of computing systems , from digital logic to the computer architecture and assembly language supporting high-level languages and operating systems. The Programming theme concentrates on learning how to design and code programs to solve problems. The Mathematical theme helps develop mathematical reasoning, theoretical abstractions, and problem-solving skills needed for computer scientists. A Technology and Society theme explores social, historical, or philosophical topics related to science and technology.

We will explore these themes throughout the year through lectures, programming labs, workshops, and seminars.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: computer science, STEM education, information technology, data science, and computer security.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Prerequisites:

High school Algebra II

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia