2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Studies in Computer Programming, BPS

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Academic Director:

Ryan O. Williams, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Practice
College of Professional Studies, rywillia@syr.edu

Program Director: 

Steve Wallace, Professor of Practice
College of Professional Studies, swalla02@syr.edu
Program Questions, contact the College of Professional Studies at 315-443-9378, or email parttime@syr.edu

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The professional studies degree prepares graduates for career placement or advancement in computer programming. Courses will be applied and transdisciplinary – designed to develop and improve work-ready skills through a wide range of computer programming competencies and cognitive skills. It will address the following computer programming knowledge areas: programming fundamentals; programming in various programming languages; critical thinking; problem synthesis and solving; program design; mathematics; and testing, and evaluation.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired outcomes within realistic constraints.

2. Demonstrate ability to successfully function on multi-disciplinary team.

3. Exhibit the ability to identify, formulate and solve problems.

4. Explain and illustrate professional and ethical responsibility.

Liberal Studies Core - 30 Credits

The Liberal Studies Core gives a foundation in writing, language or quantitative skills, humanities, social science, natural science, and critical reflections. It draws upon lower-division courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Quantitative Skills (8 credits)

Complete math sequence outlined in the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

Humanities (Choose 6 credits)

Any course listed in the Humanities Division of the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

Social Science (Choose 6 credits)

Any course listed in the Social Science Division of the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

Natural Science (Choose 4 credits)

Any course listed in the Natural Sciences Division of the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

Students are required to select one Liberal Arts Core Course that meets the IDEA requirement

Professional Competencies Core (30 credits)

The Professional Competencies Core covers fundamental knowledge and abilities required in the modern workplace, such as ethics and critical thinking, problem solving, human relations, diversity and change management, budgeting and resource management, and teamwork. The Professional Competencies Core includes an introductory course, and a capstone experience required of all B.P.S. students. Designed to draw together issues from across the entire B.P.S. program, these courses summarize concepts covered in the curriculum and develop students’ skills in strategic decision-making that looks to the future.

Electives 27 credits


The degree is administered by the College of Professional Studies. Each student should consult with their Academic Advisor to structure a plan for degree completion.

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