2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Dec 09, 2022  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics and Computer Sciences

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Chairperson: Armando Howard 718 270-6484 office 718 270-6197 fax ahoward@mec.cuny.edu
Office: AB1-503 B
Faculty: Shermane Austin, Rita Barley, Armando Howard, Leon Johnson, Danijela Kyriakakis, Rosa Zavala-Gutierrez

General Information

The Department of Physical & Computer Sciences (PCS) is dedicated to teaching and research in the physical sciences and technology. It offers:

  1. Baccalaureate of Science Degree (BS) in Computer Science.
  2. Associate of Science Degree (AS) in Computer Science.

The mission of the Department is to prepare students for challenging entry level jobs in computer science, telecommunications, and applied sciences, as well as for graduate programs in atmospheric sciences, education and computer science. Accordingly, the Department focuses on the following goals:

  1. to develop in our students high-level skills, such as problem solving, reasoning, and research capabilities;
  2. to prepare students for graduate study in the Environmental and Computer Sciences, and B.S. programs in Physics and Engineering;
  3. to prepare students to compete for well-paying positions in the applied and computer sciences;
  4. to prepare students to create their own position in society (e.g. consulting, entrepreneurship) regardless of the economic climate.

Academic Standards

Students in the Department must pass all departmental required courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Nasa and NSF Programs

NSF New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NYC-LSAMP) Program is a consortium of sixteen baccalaureate and Associate degree granting CUNY campuses and the Graduate School and University Center. It funds activities such as:

  1. Smaller Science and Mathematics Classes
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Student Support through Learning Centers
  4. Students’ Stipends for Tutoring
  5. Undergraduate Research
  6. Student Research Stipends

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Institute on Climate and Planets (ICP) is a collaboration between the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the NYC-AMP project at CUNY, and the New York Public Schools. It involves college and high school students, their faculty, and GISS scientists in a team approach to carry out research projects in climate and planetary research. A summer institute provides an intensive academic and research experience with scientific collaboration continuing during the academic year both at GISS and on campus.

NASA Atmospheric/Ocean and Environmental Science Research Program is a collaboration between PECS and GISS. This campus based research program provides undergraduate and high school students the opportunity to be part of the NASA Earth Science Enterprise.

NASA Science and Technology Teachers for the Next Millennium Program is a collaborative effort between Medgar Evers College (CUNY) and the City College of New York (CUNY), which provides science and technology majors with the opportunity, knowledge, and skills to become teachers of secondary school science and technology in an urban, multicultural environment.

NASA Minority University Information (MU-SPIN) CUNY Network Resources and Training Site (NRTS) Network is a collaboration involving City College, Medgar Evers College, LaGuardia Community College, York College, and Queensborough Community College in order to develop an information infrastructure on each campus that may be applied to research and education activities.

New York State Department of Education Graduate Research Technology Initiative assisted in providing a dedicated network for faculty and student research, instructional use, and research related activities for students in the introductory chemistry and physics courses.

The New York City Space Science Research Alliance (NYC-SSRA), funded by the NASA Office of Space Science, is initiating and enhancing multiple collaborations in Space Science research and has developed a BS Degree in Space Science in The City University of New York City University of New York Baccalaureate Degree Program. The Alliance is a coalition of CUNY Colleges, Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Undergraduate research includes:

  1. Planetary Science
  2. Earth-Sun Connection
  3. Astrophysics

The Computer Science Program 

“Time, Effort, Integrity”

The discipline of Computer Science requires a great deal of time and an honest effort on the part of those who study it! Our motto is: “Time, Effort, Integrity.” Computer Science is concerned with computers, their organization, the theory which underlies their existence, and their application. The Computer Science Program at Medgar Evers College prepares students with the core theoretical and applied knowledge, incorporating national computer science curriculum standards required for a professional or research career in a dynamic and evolving discipline. The program follows the guidelines of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Society of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE- CS) Joint Curriculum Task Force, and combines rigorous academic study with the opportunity for a “hands-on/mindson” experience.

Students enrolled in the Computer Science Program are provided with a strong mathematics, science, and core computer science background. In addition to an Advanced Computer Science concentration, the B.S. Degree Program in Computer Science offers concentrations in the areas of Telecommunications, and Computational Science. An important component of the Computer Science Program is the requirement for student internships and/or undergraduate research to develop the skills and expertise needed for success in industry and graduate school. The A.S. Degree in Computer Science is awarded to students who successfully complete the first two years of the B.S. Degree requirements in Computer Science. Dr. William C. Harris is Coordinator of the Computer Science Program.


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