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Systems Software Track 2019


The track is designed to prepare students to become programmers who can build

  • low-level software that uses or runs inside an operating system,
  • system tools for other users (e.g., compilers and assemblers),
  • programs that communicate over a computer network or the Internet (e.g., web servers).

All CS core courses, all track requirements, and their pre-requisites, regardless of department, must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses (3)
Course Title
CS 35200 Compilers: Principles and Practice
CS 35400 Operating Systems
CS 42200 Computer Networks

The track requires three electives, chosen from the list below. In addition to elective courses listed, other courses, including project and independent study courses, will be approved as electives, provided the course involves systems programming (as opposed to web page scripting, or other high-level application programming). Faculty strongly recommend that students include a senior project as one of the three electives.

Electives (3)
Course Title
CS 30700 Software Engineering I
CS 33400 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
CS 35300 Principles of Concurrency and Parallelism
CS 38100 Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms
CS 42600 Computer Security
CS 44800 Introduction to Relational Database Systems
CS 45600 Programming Languages
CS 48900 Embedded Systems
CS 49000-DS0 Distributed Systems
Senior Project Track Chair approval needed 

Note: Senior Project must be at least 3 credits and approved by the track chair. (Examples: EPICS 41100/41200 Senior Design, CS 49000, CS 49700 Honors Research Project)

Note: The Software Engineering Senior Project cannot be used as the Systems Software Senior Project unless student obtains approval from BOTH track chairs.

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2023 8:26 AM

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