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2004-2005 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2004-2005 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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(130 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.

The computer and information sciences major at Springfield College is a professional program that includes two tracks of study: management information systems and computer science. The management information systems track prepares computer professionals with advanced skills in computer information processing and business management. Students learn about the latest technological advances in both computer software and hardware applications within a business enterprise. The computer science track provides the student with a more traditional education in computer science. Both theoretical and applied aspects of computer science are stressed. Graduates of the computer science program track have the flexibility to obtain employment in a variety of industries requiring computational skills, as well a sound knowledge of computer systems hardware, computer programming, and the use of standard microcomputer applications programs.

Students in both tracks can tailor their electives to emphasize any combination of theoretical and applied computer science and mathematics courses, as well as pursue minors in programs such as mathematics and business management. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue the cooperative education option in order to gain on-the-job experience. Students can postpone their decision on which track to follow until the end of the first year without any significant impact on their program curriculum.

In the computer systems seminar course, students enrich their knowledge of computer systems by pursuing areas of study such as advanced topics in database management systems, networking, and computer architecture.

For more information about the computer and information sciences major, contact Dr. Peter Polito, chairperson of the Mathematics/Physics/ Computer Science Department, at (413) 748-3313 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Download a Computer and Information Sciences Program Checksheet


I. General Education Program (38 - 40 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)

To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked with a “W”.

III. Track Requirements (29-48 s.h.)

Choose one of the following tracks:

and one of the following mathematics courses:

B. Computer Science Track (29 s.h.)

  • ____ * Laboratory sciences (8 s.h. to be selected with approval of student’s academic advisor)

IV. Electives (11-28 s.h. to complete 130 s.h.)

V. Advanced Standing and Program Standards

In order to continue in the computer and information sciences major, students must qualify for advanced standing during the spring semester of their sophomore year, prior to registration for junior-level classes. In order to qualify for advanced standing as a computer and information sciences major, students must:

  1. Achieve at least a 2.500 cumulative GPA.
  2. Achieve at least a 2.500 GPA in their program requirements.
  3. Complete all program requirements with a grade of C- or better. Courses in which unsatisfactory grades were received must be repeated.
  4. Be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their program of study, as determined by the academic advisor and the department.
  5. Have completed or be in the process of completing any program requirements in which an incomplete was received. (Incomplete grades in program requirements must be completed by the end of the semester following the receipt of the incomplete, unless an extended deadline has been negotiated.)

Students who do not meet these minimum standards are placed on departmental probationary status for a period of not more than one year. A student will be removed from departmental probationary status if and only if the minimum standards for advanced standing have been met. A student who is unable to meet the minimum standards during the probationary period will be subject to being dropped from the major. Once achieved, advanced standing must be maintained in order to continue in the major and complete the program.

VI. Sample Program By Year

The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students must average a minimum of 16.25 s.h. a semester to complete this program in four years.

In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Health, Physical Education, Literature, Second Language/Culture, Visual and Performing Arts, History, Social Justice, Philosophy, and Religion. Depending on the track selected, the student may also need to fulfill Natural Science, Social Science, and the second Writing- Across-the-Curriculum course. 11–28 s.h. of electives will be required to complete 130 s.h.


A. First Year - Fall Semester

First Year - Fall or Spring Semesters

  • General Education course to total 33-36 s.h. for the year.

First Year - Spring Semester

B. Second Year - Fall Semester

  • General education courses and electives to total 16-18 s.h.

Second Year - Spring Semester

  • General Education courses and electives to total 16-18 s.h.

C. Third Year - Fall Semester

Third Year - Fall or Spring Semesters

  • ____ * Laboratory sciences (8 s.h. to be selected with approval of student’s academic advisor)
  • General Education courses and electives (as applicable ) to total 33-36 s.h. for the year

As offered; may need to be delayed to the fourth year:

Third Year - Spring Semester

D. Fourth Year - Fall Semester

  • Any uncompleted program requirements from third year
  • General Education courses and electives (as applicable) to toatl 16-18 s.h. for the year)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

  • Any uncompleted program requirements, General Education courses, or electives to total 130 s.h.

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