Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017
University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Associate Professor: Mihaela Sabin
Assistant Professor: Michael Jonas
Lecturer: Karen Jin
Computer Science and Entrepreneurship (B.S.)
The computer science and entrepreneurship (CS&E) program combines a solid foundation in computing with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to succeed in today’s start-up and high-tech environments. The program is designed in response to market demand for students proficient in computer science with business knowledge.
Students in the bachelor of science in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship degree program are required to complete three sponsored projects focusing on entrepreneurship, engineering, and a new venture creation. The courses give students the opportunity to work with industry experts through internships and sponsored research. Students are also required to create a business plan, which they will have to pitch to venture capitalists and industry professionals.
Career opportunities for students with an undergraduate CS&E degree are varied, and may include such areas as applications developer, computer and information research scientist, data security specialist, database administrator, database developer, multimedia developer, network architect, product development manager, quality assurance analyst, software systems developer, user experience designer, or web developer.
Program Educational Objectives
Within five years of graduation, a CS&E student should be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of the core areas of computer science
- Invent, develop, manage, and evaluate computing systems and services
- Exercise professional responsibility and have appreciation of the social, legal, ethical, and cultural issues inherent in the computing field.
The program enables students to achieve, by time of graduation, the following competencies:
- Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
- Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
- Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
- Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- Be cognizant of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
- Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
- Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
- Apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
- Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
Program of Study
Students majoring in computer science and entrepreneurship must complete 128 credits to graduate, satisfy the University’s Discovery Program, and complete 61 credits in the major with a minimum of C- in each course and 16 business-related credits in the entrepreneurship area. Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
Transfer students who elect to major in computer science and entrepreneurship must earn 61 approved credits for completion of the their major, of which at least 24 credits must be completed at UNH Manchester; and 16 approved credits for completion of the entrepreneurship component.
Mathematics and Science (4 courses, 16 credits)
The CS&E program of study requires three mathematics courses and one physics course:
COMP 490, Statistics in Computing and Engineering
COMP 500, Discrete Structures
MATH 425, Calculus I
PHYS 407, General Physics I
MATH 425 may be used to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery requirement and PHY 407 may be used to satisfy the Physical Sciences Discovery requirements.
Computing Core (8 courses, 32 credits)
- COMP 415, Mobile Computing First and For Most
- COMP 425, Programming Fundamentals
- COMP 430, Systems Fundamentals
- COMP 525, Data Structures Fundamentals
- COMP 530, Machine and Network Architecture
- COMP 560, Ethics and Law in the Digital Age
- COMP 625, Data Structures and Algorithms
- COMP 630, Systems Software
COMP 415 may be used to satisfy Environment, Technology, and Society Discovery requirements. COMP 560 may be used to satisfy Humanities Discovery requirement.
Project and Professional Practice (4 courses, 13 credits)
The program prepares students for the workforce and further education in a holistic way by emphasizing communication, collaboration, team work, initiative, appreciation for diversity, and self-direction and responsibility. These competencies are developed through the following sequence of courses:
- COMP 590, Entrepreneurship Project
- COMP 685, Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)
- COMP 690, Internship Experience
- COMP 790, Capstone Project
Entrepreneurship Component (4 courses, 16 credits)
Four courses that round out the student skill set form the entrepreneurship component. These courses are selected from the following courses offered in the business program:
- Introduction to Business
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- Leadership for Managers
- Economics for Managers
- Selling and Sales Management
- New Venture Creation
- Marketing Principles and Applications
- Students in Free Enterprise
- Integrated Marketing Communications
Computing Topics (3 courses, 12 credits)
Three courses in computing broaden and advance student learning of computing innovations.
For additional information about the computer science and entrepreneurship program, contact Michael Jonas, (603) 641-4352, firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150, email@example.com.