USAO offers an outstanding bachelor’s degree program in computer science. USAO’s unique Interdisciplinary
Studies (IDS) program combined with technical courses in computer science, mathematics, and business produces
graduates with a competitive advantage. IDS courses provide computer scientists with an integrated understanding
of other disciplines which have been recognized as important in the transfer of technology to other fields.
Students may select from one of two program tracks. The scientific track combines coursework in computer
science with advanced mathematics, such as calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and numerical analysis for students
interested in careers in scientific applications or in pursuing graduate work in computer science. The Management
and Information Systems track combines courses in computer science with courses in accounting, economics,
business administration, management, and marketing for students interested in seeking immediate business careers.
Regardless of which track is selected, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of computer science
coursework. Common to both tracks is a programming language core based upon two trimesters of C. The remainder
of the computer science coursework is taken from computer organization, data base design, programming languages,
operating systems, graphical user interface, object-oriented programming, and other special topics.
Most of USAO's computer science coursework is taught in a dedicated computer lab which has the latest, state-
of-the-art facilities. These high-speed Windows-based microcomputers are networked together using Windows NT
and Windows 2000 servers, each with a 100 megabit connection to the internet. These facilities provide an
environment in which students will earn computing on systems that they will encounter when they leave USAO.
The computer science program recommends that computer science majors have their own Windows-based
Pentium IV personal computer when they begin t