Some CSSE courses for Spring 2019 are temporarily closed and will be reopened

Dear CSSE students,

There are several courses such as SWENG311, 421, 452, 465, and CMPSC443 are currently closed by the office to solve some conflicts among them. These classes are not full yet and will be open again. Ms. Caitlyn Catalfu, scheduling officer of School of Engineering is working with course instructors and registrar’s office on solving these conflicts. I will send the notice on CSSE news channel (http://sites.psu.edu/psbehrendcsse/, please subscribe to it if you haven’t done so) when I receive further information. Thank you for your patience.

Dr. Su

Beaumont Technologies is looking for CS/SE intern

Beaumont Technologies, a company in Erie  is looking for an intern on very short notice. 

I have attached a general job description but to be more specific we are looking for a CS/SE Junior (prefer) who would be able to work part-time during this school year. The intent is for this to lead into a summer internship and continue into their senior year of college. We are looking for an individual with the following characteristics or skills:

– Familiarity with primarily C++/C# followed by Java/Javascript

– Familiarity with Git version control and SQL database design and maintenance

– Able to work individually and solve issues with minimal technical guidance

– Outgoing individual who has good communication skills

We are hoping to receive recommendations/resumes as soon as possible so that we can contact individuals and see who would be a good fit for the position.

Please contact Mark Stankiewicz <mstankiewicz@beaumontinc.com>, Software Engineer, Beaumont Technologies, Inc. 

Advising on Game Development minor

Students,

The following courses are offered in Spring 2019 for the game development minor:

GAME 140 – Gaming and Interactive Media  (can also count as General Education – GS)

GAME 160N – Introduction to Video Game Culture (can also count as GA, GH and US) – enrollment controlled, priority given to students enrolled in the game development minor, please contact instructor Dr. Ahmed Yousof for manual enrollment

GAME 250 – Technical Game Development  (required for the game development minor)

PSYCH 244 – Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering

GAME 450 – Advanced Game Programming  (to count for the game minor, students must take GAME 450, not the co-listed CMPSC 441. GAME 450 and CMPSC 441 have different lab assignments.  Also count as a Supporting and Related Area course for CS majors, and technical elective for SE majors.)

GAME 434 – listed on LionPath as PSYCH 434 – Psychology of Gaming  (also count as a Supporting and Related Area course for CS majors. Does not count as an elective for SE majors)

 

Academic Advising Notes on elective courses in Spring 2019

Academic Advising Notes on elective courses in Spring 2019 for CS/SE students (PLEASE WATCH THE PREREQUISITES)

  • For Computer Science Behrend students, the following courses count as Computing Elective (CMPSC courses can also count Science Elective and SWENG courses also count Supporting and Related Areas. However, each course counts only once. )

           CMPSC441/Game 450, CMPSC443, CMPSC456, SWENG465, SWENG421, SWENG431, SWENG 452 (SWENG311 doesn’t count for CS students), 

  • For Software Engineering Behrend students, the following courses count as Primary Elective (also count Secondary Elective. But, each course counts only once.)

           CMPSC 421, CMPSC441/Game 450CMPSC443, CMPSC456, SWENG465

For general information about the electives, please refer to the paragraph in handbook for CS/SE which are pasted below in appendix.

Again, this message is posted on CSSE news channel:

http://sites.psu.edu/psbehrendcsse/

You are encouraged to register on this channel for the latest updates.

 

Appendix:

Academic Advising Notes for Computer Science  

(1) Science Sequence (10 or 11 credits)

Students need to complete one of the following three semester science (GN) course sequences which will also count toward their general education except CHEM 210.

1.(Biology) CHEM 110(3), BIOL 110S(4) and BIOL 220W(4) or BIOL 230W(4) or BIOL 240W(4)

2.(Chemistry) CHEM 110(3), CHEM 111(1), CHEM 112(3), CHEM 113(1), and CHEM 210(3)

3.(Physics) PHYS 211(4), PHYS 212(4), and PHYS 213(2) or PHYS 214(2)

The courses listed in (2) to (4) below are all counted as additional courses in the university Bulletin and LionPath.

CMPSC courses higher than CMPSC 312 are in all (2) to (4) except the prescribed required courses, but they can be counted only in one of them!

(2) Science Elective (15 credits)

Students may choose from the following courses:

  • ASTRO 291 or higher; BIOL 110 or higher; CHEM 110 or higher;  CMPSC courses higher than CMPSC 312
  • GEOG 160 or higher; MATH 200 level or higher; METEO 101 or higher
  • PHYS 211 or higher except PHYS 250 or PHYS 251
  • STAT 300 level or higher

(3) Computing Elective (9 credits)

Students may select courses from CMPSC 312 or higher, SWENG411 or higher, or CMPEN courses.

(4) Supporting and Related Areas (6 credits)

All 300 and 400-level courses in CMPSC (including CMPSC 494 – Research, CMPSC 495 –

Internship, and/or CMPSC 496 Independent Study), GAME, MIS, MATH, STAT, BIOL, CHEM,

PHYS, ACCTG, ECON, FIN, PSYCH, and ROTC

  • CMPSC471 has been replaced by CMPSC421

School-Approved Electives for Software Engineering

 

Technical electives allow students to choose areas of interest to explore. Technical electives come in two flavors, primary and secondary. Primary technical electives are those courses offered to CSSE majors which are not required for the SE BD major. Secondary technical electives are offered outside your home department and give you broader latitude. Students must complete at least two primary technical electives, and, at most, one secondary technical elective.

Primary Technical Electives
Course Credits Name Offered
Any 300-400 level EE course
Any 300-400 level CMPEN course not already required for the major
Any 400 level CMPSC course not already required for the major
Any 300-400 level SWENG course not already required for the major
GAME 450 3 Advanced GAME Programming
GAME 480 3 GAME Development Project
Secondary Technical Electives
SWENG 395+495 (3:3:0) Internship Fall/Spring
MIS 430 (3:3:0) Systems Analysis  Fall/Spring
MIS 435 (3:3:0) Systems Design and Implementation Fall/Spring
MIS 445 (3:3:0) Management Report Systems  Fall
MIS 470 (3:3:0) Advanced Applications Development Spring
MGMT 409 (3:3:0) Project Management for Engineers
PSYCH 444 (3:3:0) Engineering Psychology Fall
ECON 481 (3:3:0) Business Forecasting Techniques Spring
ECON 485 (3:3:0) Econometric Techniques Fall
MATH 455 (3:3:0) Introduction to Numerical Analysis I Fall
MATH 456 (3:3:0) Introduction to Numerical Analysis II Spring (even years)
ENTR 430 (3:3:0) Entrepreneurship & New Product Dev. Fall

 

 

Apply website managers for the Behrend Beacon

Dr. Su,
I just made an application for the website manager position. I am interested in having several students (three or so) working on the website. If you know of any students who would be interested, either I can send them the form or you are free to. I would also like to try to stop into some comp sci, website design, or other similar classes to promote this.
Here is the link to the application: https://goo.gl/forms/jUu0WAshEqtzRLrM2
Julia Guerrein
Editor-in-Chief, The Behrend Beacon
editor@psu.edu

A letter from CSSE department chair on Fall 2018 course schedule

Dear CSSE students,

As you are going to start shopping for classes in Fall 2018 semester tomorrow, I would like to remind you of the following: They might be crucial to your graduation on time in CS, SE major, and/or Game minor. Please read carefully.

  1. I strongly advise you to follow the recommended academic plan(RAP) to take the courses. The latest version is attached in this email. You are also recommended to use the RAP sheet to check your degree audit manually instead of relying on the degree requirement checking on LionPath.
  2.  If you knew or heard from other people about last year’s CSSE course schedule, please note some significant changes for the next Fall I listed below:
    1. The following two pairs of courses are not combined: CMPSC221 and SWENG311; CMPSC474 and CMPEN441; CS students need to take CMPSC221, CMPSC474 while SE students need to take SWENG311, CMPEN441. Please select the courses accordingly if you need.
    2. CS students have to take CMPSC431 (not MIS 336 any more) as the required database course, but SE students can still take CMPSC431 or MIS 336 as the required database course.
    3. For CS students, you need to take CMPEN441 Communication Networks to replace CMPSC335  Fundamentals of Communications Networks on the original RAP sheet because CMPSC335 will not be offered in Fall 2018. — Please note that CMPSC335 will be added in Spring 2019 and you can schedule this back instead of CMPEN461  – July 24th, 2018. 
    4.  Game 480 is moved from Spring to Fall. Hence, if you want to graduate in Spring 2019 with Game minor, you have to take Game 480 in the Fall 2018 semester. Game 480 hasn’t been shown on LionPath yet, but will come soon.
    5. CMPSC497 Cognitive Computing has not shown on the LionPath too, but will appear soon. It has 3 credits and counts as computing elective (for CS major) or primary tech elective (for SE major).
    6. If you have obtained internship opportunity in any of Spring, Fall or Summer, please inform Dr. Wen-Li Wang (wxw18@psu.edu), coordinator of the internship programs, to help you register it for credits (up to 3) which count as the supporting area course credits for CS and secondary tech elective course credits for SE.
    7.  Senior Design Project (Capstone Project) courses : CMPSC484/485 for CS, SWENG 480/481 for SE are only for senior students to take in their last year.

The above are what I have so far. I will let you know if there are any further common messages regarding to the schedule. By the way, this letter and the latest RAPs will also be  posted on CSSE news channel:

http://sites.psu.edu/psbehrendcsse/

You are encouraged to register on this channel so that you can receive the newest updates by email automatically.

Best Regards,

Dr. Su

Today is the deadline for students to apply to graduate in May 2018.

Today is the deadline for students to apply to graduate in May 2018. Students can do this in LionPath. If they miss this deadline they need to file an intent to graduate by contacting the registrar in person.

Applying for Graduation

Students can apply for graduation through LionPATH.

Note: Refer to the Intent to Graduate-Activation Period of the University’s Academic Calendar to determine the dates when you may be eligible to apply for graduation.

Navigating to the My Academics Page

The Link for applying for graduation is located on the My Academics page. There are many ways to navigate to specific areas within LionPATH including using the hamburger menu, page tabs, and quick links. For the purpose of this document, navigation will be described using the hamburger menu. For information on navigating the LionPATH user interface, refer to the Getting Started with LionPATH tutorial.

1.   Click the Hamburger icon.

2.   Click the Academics drop-down menu.

3.   Click the Academic Records drop-down menu.

4.   Select the My Academics link.

Applying for Graduation

Your current programs are listed on the Submit an Application for Graduation page.  To be eligible to apply for graduation, you must be active in your current academic program.  You cannot apply for graduation if you are currently in a pre-major or a non-degree program. 

Note: If you are an undergraduate student in concurrent majors, you must apply for graduation in each major separately.  If you meet the requirements of one major and wish to graduate only in that major, you must remove your concurrent major before applying to graduate.

1.   Click the Apply for Graduation link on the My Academics page.

2.   On the Submit an Application for Graduation page, click the Apply for Graduation link to the right of the program/major for which you are applying.  Note: If the Apply for Graduation link is not visible for your program, you are not currently eligible to apply for graduation. Undergraduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact their academic college to determine next steps. Graduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact the responsible department for their major (academic plan) to determine next steps.

3.   Select the Expected Graduation Term from the drop-down list.

4.   Click the Continue button. Note: If it is prior to the published graduation application start date or past the deadline, the Expected Graduation Term list will be blank.  If you have missed the application time period: Undergraduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact their academic college to determine next steps. Graduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact the responsible department for their major (academic plan) to determine next steps.

5.   Click the Submit Application button. Note: If you need to change the program or graduation term, use the buttons provided.

 

A confirmation message is displayed indicating that you have successfully applied for graduation.

 

Academic Advising Notes for Computer Science and Software Engineering

Computer Science Program

  1. Computing Elective course lists (need 9 credits):
    — Any 312-400 level CMPSC course not already required for the major
    — Any CMPEN, or SWENG courses.
  2. Supporting and Related Areas (need 6 credits):
    — Any 300 and 400-level courses in CMPSC (including CMPSC 494 – Research, CMPSC 495 – Internship, and/or CMPSC 496 – Independent Study),
    — Any 300 and 400-level courses in GAME, MIS, MATH, STAT, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, ACCTG, ECON, FIN, PSYCH, and ROTC.
  • Academic Recommended Plan for computer science at Behrend:
    http://rap.psu.edu/computer-science-cmpbd
  • Annotated program curriculum for degree audit:
    CMPBD_Degree_ Audit.
  • Academic Recommended Plan for transferred to University Park:
    https://rap.psu.edu/computer-science-erie
  • Notes:
    (1) Computer Science students need to take CMPSC221 not SWENG311.
    (2) Computer Science students have to take CMPSC431 as the requirement course
    (3) Computer Science students do not take CMPSC471 which is not offered at Behrend. Instead, CMPSC421 is required by all computer science majors.

Software Engineering Program:

  1. Primary Technical Electives (need 6 credits)
    — Any 300-400 level EE course
    — Any 300-400 level CMPEN course not already required for the major
    — Any 400 level CMPSC course not already required for the major
    — Any 300-400 level SWENG course not already required for the major
    — GAME 450, GAME 480 GAME
  2. Secondary Technical Electives (need 3 credits)
    — SWENG 395+495 Internship
    — MIS 430,  MIS 435 , MIS 445,  MIS 470,  MGMT 409,  PSYCH 444,  ECON 481,  ECON 485,
    — MATH 455,  MATH 456
    — ENTR 430
  • Academic Recommended Plan for software engineering:
    https://rap.psu.edu/software-engineering-se-bd
  • Annotated program curriculum for degree audit
    SEBD_Degree_Audit_
  • Notes:
    (1). Software Engineering can take either MIS 336 or CMPSC431 as the major required course at this moment. If a student takes MIS 336 first and then CMPSC431, the latter one is considered as the computing or technical elective.
    (2). CMPEN270 = CMPEN271 + CMPEN275
    (3). Software Engineering students need to take SWENG311, not CMPSC221.

Minor in Game Development

Hello students,

Do you know that Penn State offers a minor in Game Development?  It works nicely with your major:

http://sites.psu.edu/gamedevelopment/

The requirement for the minor is 6 courses (18 credits), where 4 of the courses could also count towards either your General Education requirements, or your Technical Electives / Supporting and Related Areas courses.

Consider a GAME course when selecting your General Education (GS/GH/GA) courses!

Starting Fall 2018, there will be priority spots reserved for students pursuing the Game Development minor in GAME 140 (GS), GAME 160 (GH, US, IL), GAME 220 (GA), and GAME 250 (GQ).  You may declare a minor at any time on LionPath after you have attained third-semester classification or declared your major.  Procedure: https://tutorials.lionpath.psu.edu/public/UpdateAcademics/

For questions, talk to Dr. Richard Zhao (Burke 154, richardzhao @ psu.edu )