Computer Science/Technical Track

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Computer Science/Technical Track - Associate in Science (840)

Associate in Science (840)

Bachelor's degree programs in Computer Science encompass two distinct emphases: an information systems (or business) emphasis and a technical emphasis. While either emphasis will prepare a student for a computing career, there are important differences in the context of the work to be performed, the types of problems to be solved, and the types of systems to be designed and managed. For both emphases, starting positions include such titles as programmer, programmer-analyst, and network analyst. Be sure to see an academic advisor or computer science faculty member to select the appropriate emphasis for you.

Technical Track

The Technical track focuses on algorithms, theoretical foundations of computer science, and development of software. A strong foundation in mathematics and science is needed for this emphasis. Graduates of this emphasis will be prepared to work for a variety of companies including those that have a software, engineering, scientific, or mathematical focus.

Baccalaureate schools may have multiple computing degree programs, often located in different departments, which are based on the Computer Science recommendations. Consult the baccalaureate school you are considering as a transfer school to determine the department location and specific requirements for the specific major program in which you are interested.

Note: PHY 213 - Engineering Physics is recommended.

Effective Fall of 2016, the associate in science (A.S.) degree is designed to complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a bachelor of science degree in STEM related majors. As a result, A.S. degree does not include the entire General Education Core Curriculum. Therefore, students will need to complete MORE general education courses after transfer by completing the GECC curriculum while enrolled at the participating Illinois transfer institution OR fulfilling the general education requirements of their selected non-participating transfer institution.

Click here for career information: https://www.svcc.edu/academics/programs/individual/840.html

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Individualized articulation sheets for some universities are available in the advising office.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354
Kevin Megill, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6251

Computer Science - IAI Recommended Baccalaureate Curriculum

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Total Hours Required - 65 Hours

Suggested Program

First Semester - 17 Hours

  • Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • ENG101 - Composition I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    A basic course in essay writing with emphasis on exposition, ENG 101 stresses knowledge and application of the rhetorical modes. ENG 101 presupposes competence in grammar, usage, and mechanics. Prerequisite: ACT standard score in English of 22 or above; required scores on the current English placement test, or grade of C or higher in ELA 099. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 900 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • FYE101 - First Year Experience ( 1 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to facilitate the self-development of the student, and introduce students to the expectations of the college community. This course reviews the academic skills that promote success during their college career. Topics will include, but not limited to, identifying campus/community resources, test-taking strategies, career exploration/decision making, problem solving, literacy, and critical thinking. Students will also learn strategies for taking personal responsibility for their academic and career choices. (Students in good standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher), who have accumulated 16 semester hours or more prior to enrolling as a degree seeking student at Sauk are not required to take this class). Semester hour(s): 1 Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/week

  • MAT203 - Calculus & Analytic Geometry I ( 4 Semester Hours)

    The elementary concepts of differential and integral calculus are introduced and applications are discussed. These include: limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, the indefinite and definite integral. Trigonometric functions are dealt with. Some applications are: related rates, graphing, extreme value problems and Newton's method for finding roots of equations. Prerequisite: MAT 122 - Trigonometry with a grade of C or higher (or appropriate placement score) OR four years of college preparatory high school mathematics with grades of C or higher and either the appropriate placement score or an ACT Math score at least 26 OR Math 3 with a grade of C or higher and either appropriate placement score or an ACT Math score of at least 26 Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): M1 900-1, MTH 901 Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

  • PSY103 - Introduction to Psychology ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to introduce the student to major concepts, theories, principles, and research in the field of psychology. This course will survey the scientific study of human and animal characteristics and behavior. Major topics from biological, behavioral, cognitive, personality, developmental, abnormal, and social psychology theory and research will be emphasized. Universal characteristics and individual differences will be explored Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S6 900 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Second Semester - 15 Hours

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    CIS207 - C++ Programming ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course teaches structured computer programming in the C++ language. It emphasizes structured design, and procedural and data abstraction. It covers the fundamental control structures and data types in C++. Prerequisite: An algebra prerequisite (either MAT 081 with a grade of C or higher or two years of high school algebra with grades of C or higher or appropriate placement score) and CIS 150 or previous programming experience. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): CS 911 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week Course delivery mode: face-to-face

  • ENG103 - Composition II ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An advanced course in essay writing with emphasis on formal research, ENG 103 serves to develop a proficiency in the collection and selection of data as applied to the completion of a formal research paper. In addition, students receive instruction in logic and reasoning, including the fundamentals of argumentative and persuasive writing. Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in ENG 101 or its equivalent or consent of instructor. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 901R Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • MAT204 - Calc & Analytic Geometry II ( 4 Semester Hours)

    The methods of differentiation and integration are extended and power series are introduced. The new methods deal with: logarithms, exponential, hyperbolic and inverse trigonometric functions. Some applications are: area between two curves, volumes of revolution, arc length, and work. The techniques of integration by parts, partial fractions, trigonometric substitution and numerical integration are covered. Power series and the Taylor series function representation are introduced. Prerequisite: MAT 203 with a grade of C or higher. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): M1 900-2, MTH 902 Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

  • PHY211 - Engineering Physics I ( 5 Semester Hours)

    An examination of the basic principles of mechanics with special emphasis on conceptual and mathematical problem-solving. Topics include linear kinematics, Newton's Laws, rotational motion, gravitation, and equilibrium. Prerequisites: High school physics or PHY 201 and MAT 203. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): P2 900L and PHY 911 Semester hour(s): 5 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec, 2 lab/week

Third Semester - 17 Hours

  • Personal Development 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS208 - C++ Programming II ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course builds on the material in CIS 207 in teaching structured programming using the C++ programming language. It emphasizes abstract data types in addition to exploring sorting, searching, and recursion. Prerequisite: CIS 207 Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): CS 912 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week course delivery mode: face-to-face

  • ECO211 - Principles of Macroeconomics ( 3 Semester Hours)

    A survey of macro-economic theory with emphasis on resource allocation in a mixed-enterprise economy. Concentration is on the operation of the market mechanism. The role of government and labor, national income determination and accounting, monetary and fiscal policy and the neoclassical synthesis. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S3 901 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3/lec week

  • MAT230 - Discrete Mathematics ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to analysis of finite collections and mathematical foundations of sequential machines, computer system design, data structures and algorithms. Includes: sets and logic, counting, recursion, graph theory, trees, nets, Boolean algebra, automata, and formal grammars and languages. Prerequisite: MAT121 or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): M1 905, CS 915 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

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    PHY212 - Engineering Physics II ( 5 Semester Hours)

    An examination of the basic principles of electricity and magnetism with selected topics in electric and magnetic fields, potentials, network theory, dielectric and magnetic properties of matter, capacitance, inductance, dc and ac circuits, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: PHY 211 and MAT 204 or concurrent enrollment in MAT 204. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): PHY 912 Semester hour(s): 5 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec, 2 lab/week

Fourth Semester - 16 Hours

  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s) or major field requirements
  • COM131 - Intro to Oral Communication ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. This course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking, and speaking. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C2 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • ECO212 - Principles of Microeconomics ( 3 Semester Hours)

    A continuation of ECO 211 with emphasis on micro-economic theory. Concentration is on supply and demand, the theory of the firm, monopoly and imperfect competition, international trade and finance, economic problems of underdeveloped nations and contemporary problems of economic growth and stability in a mixed enterprise economy. ECO 211 is recommended. Prerequisite: ECO 211 recommended. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S3 902 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week


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      MAT205 - Calc & Analytic Geometry III ( 4 Semester Hours)

      The elementary ideas concerning conic sections, polar curves, and vector-valued and multivariate functions are covered. These topics include: area, arc length and tangents for polar curves. In addition, vectors, vector derivatives, curvature and motion in two and three space are studied. The multivariate concepts of differentiability, partial differentiation, gradient vectors, LaGrange multipliers, finding relative extreme values, and multiple integration are studied. This course also includes material on vector fields, line integrals, independence of path, Green's Theorem, surface integrals, the Divergence Theorem, and Stokes Theorem. Prerequisite: MAT 204 with a grade of C or higher. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): M1 900-3, MTH 903 Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week


    • *CIS 150 or previous programming experience required as a prerequisite.
    • **Students should complete the entire course sequence in calculus and physics at the same school before transferring.