B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Computer Science

http://www.towson.edu/physics

Office

Physics:  Smith Hall 445, 410-704-3020

Computer Science: 7800 York Road, Suite 406, 410-704-3788

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences provide the pathway to earn the degrees of B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Computer Science in as little as five years. Students can satisfy the requirements for a Physics major and graduate with their class. By taking undergraduate-level computer science courses as their free electives, students can satisfy Computer Science prerequisites. Then in their senior year they can begin taking graduate-level Computer Science courses that can later be applied to the master’s degree once they are admitted to the graduate program. (Any graduate courses taken will not be counted toward ­undergraduate degree requirements, and admission to the M.S. in Computer Science is not guaranteed.) The remaining courses and thesis requirements for the M.S. in Computer Science would then be completed in a fifth year.

This option is especially attractive to students who are considering dual majors in Physics and Computer Science or who are planning careers in the area of computational sciences.

Those students interested in the program should major in the Computational Physics Concentration of the Physics major and declare their intent as soon as possible to their major advisor. Students in this program should also meet with Yanggon Kim, computer science graduate coordinator, early in the fall of the third (junior) year.

Required Courses in Computer and Information Sciences and Mathematics

MATH 263DISCRETE MATHEMATICS3
COSC 236INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I4
COSC 237INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II4
COSC 290PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTER ORGANIZATION 14
COSC 336DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS 24
COSC 519OPERATING SYSTEMS PRINCIPLES3
COSC 578DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS I3
COSC 600ADVANCED DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS3