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CSCI 0101 - The Computing Age      

The Computing Age
In this course we will provide a broad introductory overview of the discipline of computer science, with no prerequisites or assumed prior knowledge of computers or programming. A significant component of the course is an introduction to algorithmic concepts and to programming using Python; programming assignments will explore algorithmic strategies such as selection, iteration, divide-and-conquer, and recursion, as well as introducing the Python programming language. Additional topics will include: the structure and organization of computers, the Internet and World Wide Web, abstraction as a means of managing complexity, social and ethical computing issues, and the question "What is computation?" 3 hr. lect./lab

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Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0150 - Computing for the Sciences      

Computing for the Sciences
In this course we will provide an introduction to the field of computer science geared towards students interested in mathematics and the natural sciences. We will study problem-solving approaches and computational techniques utilized in a variety of domains including biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Students will learn how to program in Python and other languages, how to extract information from large data sets, and how to utilize a common technique employed in scientific computation. The course has no prerequisites and assumes no prior experience with programming or computer science. 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014

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CSCI 0190 - Computer Models & Simulation      

Computer Models and Multi-Agent Simulation
In this course we will explore agent-based computer models and simulations as a means of studying phenomena from both biological and social sciences. Agent-based simulation will then be used as a basis for introducing individual-based modeling and complex adaptive systems. A significant amount of time will be spent teaching the NetLogo programming language as a software tool for developing simulations. We will also introduce some of the important topics in the discipline of computer science, including algorithmic reasoning and data abstraction. No prior experience in programming is assumed. This course counts as an environmental studies lab science cognate. 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0200 - Math Foundations of Computing      

Mathematical Foundations of Computing
In this course we will provide an introduction to the mathematical foundations of computer science, with an emphasis on formal reasoning. Topics will include propositional and predicate logic, sets, functions, and relations; basic number theory; mathematical induction and other proof methods; combinatorics, probability, and recurrence relations; graph theory; and models of computation. (One CSCI course at the 0100-level previously or concurrently) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0201 - Data Structures      

Data Structures
In this course we will study the ideas and structures helpful in designing algorithms and writing programs for solving large, complex problems. The Java programming language and object-oriented paradigm are introduced in the context of important abstract data types (ADTs) such as stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. We will study efficient implementations of these ADTs, and learn classic algorithms to manipulate these structures for tasks such as sorting and searching. Prior programming experience is expected, but prior familiarity with the Java programming language is not assumed. (One CSCI course at the 0100-level) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0202 - Computer Architecture      

Computer Architecture
A detailed study of the hardware and software that make up a computer system. Topics include assembly language programming, digital logic design, microarchitecture, pipelines, caches, and RISC vs. CISC. The goal of the course is teach students how computers are built, how they work at the lowest level, and how this knowledge can be used to write better programs. (CSCI 0201 previously or concurrently) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0301 - Theory of Computation      

Theory of Computation
This course explores the nature of computation and what it means to compute. We study important models of computation (finite automata, push-down automata, and Turing machines) and investigate their fundamental computational power. We examine various problems and try to determine the computational power needed to solve them. Topics include deterministic versus non-deterministic computation, and a theoretical basis for the study of NP-completeness. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0201) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

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Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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CSCI 0302 - Algorithms and Complexity      

Algorithms and Complexity
This course focuses on the development of correct and efficient algorithmic solutions to computational problems, and on the underlying data structures to support these algorithms. Topics include computational complexity, analysis of algorithms, proof of algorithm correctness, advanced data structures such as balanced search trees, and also important algorithmic techniques including greedy and dynamic programming. The course complements the treatment of NP-completeness in CSCI 0301. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0201) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

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Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0311 - Artificial Intelligence      

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the study of computational systems that exhibit rational behavior. Applications include strategic game playing, medical diagnosis, speech and handwriting recognition, Internet search, and robotics. Course topics include intelligent agent architectures, search, knowledge representation, logical reasoning, planning, reasoning under uncertainty, machine learning, and perception and action. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0201) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2013, Fall 2014

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CSCI 0312 - Software Development      

Software Development
This course examines the process of developing larger-scale software systems. Laboratory assignments emphasize sound programming practices, tools that facilitate the development process, and teamwork. (CSCI 0200 previously or concurrently, and CSCI 0201) 3 hrs. lect./lab

Spring 2012

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CSCI 0313 - Programming Languages      

Programming Languages
A systematic approach to concepts and features of programming languages. The course focuses on four major programming paradigms: procedural, object-oriented, functional, and logic programming languages. Students will program in several languages representing the different paradigms. Topics include grammars, data types, control structures, run-time organization, procedure activation, parameter passing, higher-order functions, lambda expressions, and unification. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0202) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0314 - Operating Systems      

Operating Systems
An operating system manages the complex resources of modern computers and provides an interface between the user and the hardware. This course covers the key concepts of operating systems, including process, memory, and storage management; synchronization and deadlock; protection and security; and distributed systems. (CSCI 0200 previously or concurrently, and CSCI 0202) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2011, Fall 2013

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CSCI 0390 - Spatial Agent-Based Modeling      

Spatial Agent-Based Modeling
In this course students will learn efficient data structures and design techniques for spatially-explicit agent-based modeling using the NetLogo programming language. Agent-based modeling techniques will be applied to problems in the social and natural sciences, mathematics and computational sciences, and agent-based games. In this course we will explore advanced programming features of NetLogo such as links, GIS extensions, 3D modeling, and the profiler. Students will design and implement a significant term project. (CSCI 0190 or CSCI 0201).

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Fall 2014

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CSCI 0433 - Compiler Design      

Compiler Design
An introduction to the design and construction of compilers and translators. Topics include context-free grammars, lexical analysis, symbol tables, top-down and bottom-up parsing, parser generators, error recovery, run-time organization, declaration processing, type checking, code generation, and optimization. Through the course of the semester students will implement a complete compiler for a simple programming language. (CSCI 0202 and CSCI 0301) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2011, Fall 2014

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CSCI 0451 - Machine Learning      

Machine Learning
Machine Learning is the study and design of computational systems that automatically improve their performance through experience. This course introduces the theory and practice of machine learning and its application to tasks such as database mining, pattern recognition, and strategic game-playing. Possible topics include decision-tree methods, neural networks, Bayesian and statistical methods, genetic algorithms, and reinforcement learning. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0201) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Fall 2013

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CSCI 0453 - Computer Vision      

Computer Vision
The goal of computer vision is to extract information from digital images and movies. Topics covered in this course include algorithms for edge and motion detection, stereo vision, object recognition, and recovering structure from motion. A range of mathematical techniques will be used to model problems and algorithms. Students will implement, test, and evaluate several computer vision techniques, and will gain experience with analyzing real, noise-contaminated image data. (CSCI 0202 and MATH 0200) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2013

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CSCI 0457 - Natural Language Processing      

Natural Language Processing
In this course we will explore computational models for processing natural (human) language. We will introduce statistical and algorithmic techniques for processing language at the word, syntactic, and semantic levels in the context of a number of application areas including language translation, parsing, summarization, information extraction, and language modeling. Assignments will involve constructing and modifying systems and will incorporate a variety of large corpora. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0201) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Fall 2011

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CSCI 0458 - Information Retrieval      

Information Retrieval
In this course we will explore how search engines work. Topics to be covered include basic text processing, index construction, text similarity, evaluation, and searching other types of media. We will examine related application areas such as language modeling, clustering, classification and e-commerce. This course is project driven: through the assignments and final project we will build a functioning search engine. (CSCI 0201)

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Fall 2012

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CSCI 0461 - Computer Graphics      

Computer Graphics
The mathematical techniques for creating graphics on the computer. Topics include clipping, perspective, coordinate transformations, hidden surface algorithms, and animation. (CSCI 0202 and MATH 0200) 3 hrs. lect./lab

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Spring 2012, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0463 - Cryptology      

Cryptology
Topics will be chosen from: classical cryptography, block ciphers and the Advanced Encryption Standard, public key cryptology, public key implementations, cryptographic hash functions, authentication techniques, digital signatures, advanced topics in mathematical cryptology. (CSCI 0301 or CSCI 0302) 3 hrs. lect./lab.

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Spring 2015

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CSCI 0465 - Information Visualization      

Information Visualization
Information visualization is used to reveal patterns, trends, and outliers within abstract data. In this course we will cover topics such as the transformation of data to visual representations, common approaches to dealing with different types of data, perceptual issues that govern how visualizations are interpreted, and the development of interactive visualization tools. This course will culminate in a significant final visualization project. (CSCI 0201)

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Spring 2014

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CSCI 0500 - Advanced Study      

Advanced Study
Individual study for qualified students in more advanced topics in computer science theory, systems, or application areas. Particularly suited for students who enter with advanced standing. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect.

Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0701 - Senior Seminar      

Senior Seminar
This senior seminar provides a capstone experience for computer science majors at Middlebury College. Through lectures, readings, and a series of two to three week individual and group assignments, we will introduce important concepts in research and experimental methods in computation. Examples will include: reading research papers; identifying research problems; dealing with big data; experimental design, testing and analysis; and technical writing in computer science.

Fall 2014

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CSCI 0702 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
The senior thesis is required for all CSCI majors who wish to be considered for departmental honors, and is recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in computer science. Students will spend the semester researching and writing, and developing and experimenting as appropriate for their topic. All students will be expected to report on their work in the form of a written thesis, a poster, and an oral presentation at the end of the semester. In addition, throughout the semester, students will meet as a group to discuss research and writing, and will be expected to attend talks in the Computer Science lecture series. Before approval to join the class is granted, students are expected to have chosen a thesis adviser from the CSCI faculty, and determined a thesis topic with the guidance and approval of that adviser. (CSCI 0701 and approval required) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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CSCI 1002 - Web Database Systems      

Web Database Systems
In this course we will learn how to create an online database. We will cover the basics of database design using ER (Entity-Relation) modeling and SQL programming. We will build an SQL database and learn how to use PHP to create websites that interact with the database. Finally, we will learn how to create Java programs that interact with an SQL database. This course will count as an elective towards the CSCI major in the CSCI 0311-0314 category. (CSCI 0201)

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Winter 2014

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CSCI 1003 - Generative Art      

Generative Art
Generative art is process-driven creation in which the artist creates an autonomous system that produces the artwork as output. In this course we will write computer programs, focusing on algorithmic creation to generate images. We will discuss the nature of generative art and cover technical topics such as basic algorithmic drawing, image manipulation, randomness and noise, emergence, and visualization. There is no assumption of prior knowledge of programming, so significant time will be spent learning the basics of programming using Processing, a popular visually oriented programming language.

DED WTR

Winter 2014

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CSCI 1004 - Programming for Novices      

Computer Programming for Novices
All 21st century learners should strive to attain basic programming skills. No matter what discipline we work in, we would all be better problem solvers and better users of computational tools if we had some facility with computer programming and some understanding of how software is built. In this course – for computer programming novices – we will learn the basics of coding using a variety of tools and languages including Scratch and JavaScript. Each class meeting will include both lecture and hands-on lab time.

DED WTR

Winter 2015

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CSCI 1005 - Crash Course/Systems Security      

Crash Course in Systems Security
In this course students will learn the theory and practice of computer systems security. Morning lectures will be complemented by afternoon lab-sessions in which, under the close guidance of the instructor, students will complete both individual and group projects that will deepen their understanding of how (in)secure systems are implemented. Students will learn to use industry-standard tools for performing analysis of system vulnerabilities; be introduced to the systems security research landscape; and gain an understanding of ethical, political, and financial issues surrounding systems security research. (Approval required; CSCI 0202)

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Winter 2015

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CSCI 1011 - Computers and Society      

Computers and Society
In this course we will explore and write about important issues related to the impact of computers and computing technology on society. Topics to be explored include privacy and security, privacy and intellectual rights, environmental issues related to computing technologies, and the possibility of computer intelligence. (Approval required)

CW WTR

Winter 2015

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CSCI 1020 - Lego Robot Design Studio      

Lego Robot Design Studio
This course gives students the opportunity to design, build, and program small, mobile robots using Lego pieces, tiny onboard computers, and a variety of sensors and actuators. In this context, we will explore important concepts from computer science such as structured programming, abstraction, reasoning under uncertainty, real-time control, and elementary robotics. We will also engage other disciplines, including creative design, mechanics, and electronics. The course will culminate with a light-hearted robot talent show featuring the robots created by each team of 3 students. No prior experience with programming or Lego is required.

DED WTR

Winter 2013

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CSCI 1099 - GUI Applications in C++/Qt      

GUI Applications in C++Qt
In this coding-intensive course, students will gain an understanding of the C++ language through the development of Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications within the cross-platform Qt development environment. We will begin with small, simple applications, culminating in application development projects of the students’ choosing, all the while building our understanding of fundamental C++ concepts such as classes, templates, pointers, constructors/destructors, and ownership. (Approval required)

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Winter 2014

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CSCI 1100 - Graphical Bots      

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Winter 2012

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