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Introduction to Computational Science explores the role of computer science in scientific inquiry. Through the construction and analysis of block-based visual artifacts (e.g., pixel art and geometric patterns), this course aims to help students learn the essential thought processes used by computer scientists to solve problems, expressing those solutions as computer programs. When executed, these computer programs produce visual artifacts that can be displayed and interacted with using a variety of tools/software including LEGO Digital Designer, Minecraft, LDraw, 3D Builder, and Virtual Reality systems such as the HTC Vive.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 1120 or MATH 1130 or MATH 1220 or equivalent with C- or better, or permission of the instructor

Distribution: Natural/Physical Science General Education course and Natural/Physical Sci General Education lecture

Computer Science, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science provides students with a solid background in the fundamentals of computing and prepares them for employment in a wide variety of positions and for graduate study in computer science. The content of the department’s courses is continually monitored to ensure they are consistent with fast-changing developments in the discipline. Courses are offered in the day, evening, and some online sections for the convenience of our students. Appropriate university and departmental computing resources are available to students taking computer science courses.