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Information and Computer SciencesCollege of Natural Sciences
1680 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7420
Fax: (808) 956-3548
* Graduate faculty
*S. Y. Itoga, PhD (Chair)—database systems, expert systems, logic programming
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
D. R. Stoutemyer, PhD—computer algebra, mathematical software
The Academic Program
Information and computer sciences (ICS) is the study of the description and representation of information and the theory, design, analysis, implementation, and application of algorithmic processes that transform information. Students majoring in ICS will learn to use computer systems, a valuable skill which can be applied in all fields of study. Students will also learn the scientific principles and technology required to develop new computer systems and applications. The curriculum covers all major areas of computer science with special emphasis on software engineering and computer networks, areas uniquely suited to Hawai‘i’s role as a multicultural and geographical center of the Pacific.
To be admitted into the program, first-year students entering UHM directly from high school must first be admitted into the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. For continuing students, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required for admission.
BA in Information and Computer Sciences
Students pursuing this degree are required to submit a short proposal listing the courses they intend to take to complete their ICS major. An ICS faculty adviser must approve this proposal in writing. Samples of course proposals are available at the ICS department Office. Students must complete the following courses (49 credits):
BS in Computer Science
Students must complete the following courses (47 credits):
Substitutions are permitted with the written approval of a faculty adviser.
Waiver of certain requirements, such as by Advanced Placement CS exam, must be approved by the faculty adviser.
A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and a grade of B (not B-) or higher in ICS 111 in computer science are required for admission.
Students must complete ICS 211, 212, and 241 and their prerequisites, 111 and 141, and three ICS courses at the 300 level and above with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
The department offers the MS degree in information and computer sciences, the MLISc degree in library and information science (see the “Library and Information Science” section within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences for more information), and the PhD degree in computer science. The department is one of four academic programs that cooperate in an interdisciplinary doctoral program in communication and information sciences (see the “Communication and Information Sciences” section within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences for more information).
Applicants for the MS in information and computer sciences and the PhD in computer science are required to take the GRE General Test. The subject area examination in computer science is highly recommended. Applicants from foreign countries must be academically qualified, proficient in English (minimum 600 TOEFL), and have sufficient financial support.
The department offers three forms of financial aid: teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and tuition waivers. The department offers a limited number of assistantships each semester, most of which are teaching assistantships. Teaching and research assistants work approximately 20 hours per week under the supervision of a faculty member and receive a stipend as well as a tuition waiver. Teaching assistants support instruction and research assistants support extramurally funded research projects. Teaching assistantships are awarded to those applicants who can best support the instructional program. Similarly, research assistantships are awarded to those applicants who can best assist faculty with their research projects. Applicants accepted for admission may be eligible for partial financial aid in the form of a tuition waiver from the Graduate Division and foreign applicants from Pacific or Asian countries may be eligible for Pacific-Asian Scholarships. Prior to submitting a tuition waiver application form, foreign applicants must submit TOEFL scores and documentation of financial support for expenses other than tuition to the Graduate Division Admissions Office. To apply for any of these forms of support, student should submit the ICS Graduate Assistantship Application along with three letters of recommendation using the Graduate Assistantship Evaluation Form. Because we can offer assistance to only a small fraction of applicants, we highly encourage students to also seek other forms of support, such as the East-West Center or computer-assisted databases such as CA$H (Computer-Assisted Scholarship Help), which lists over a thousand scholarships.
The master’s program is intended for students planning to specialize in computer science or to apply computer science to another field. Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree in computer science from an accredited institution will need to complete equivalent coursework.
Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) are available. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required under both plans. A minimum B average must be maintained in all courses.
Plan A (Thesis) Requirements
Plan B (Non-thesis) Requirements
The administrative procedures for the program include the following rules:
The department offers a PhD in computer science intended to prepare students for creative research, teaching, and service. There are two programs leading to the PhD degree, one designed for applicants entering with bachelor’s degrees, and the other for those who already have master’s degrees. Students may begin their program either in the spring or fall semesters.
Applicants with bachelor’s degrees must first satisfy the admission and degree requirements of the ICS master’s degree. The advantages are: (1) they are admitted at an early stage to the PhD program, (2) they will, in practice, usually take a year LESS to obtain their PhD degree since they will be motivated to select courses in the MS portion of the requirements which prepare them for their comprehensive examinations, and (3) students who have completed the MS requirements will have the option of obtaining an MS degree even if they do not continue with the program.
Applicants with master’s degrees in areas other than computer science may be admitted to the program, but will be required to fulfill their program deficiencies with additional coursework.
Students must pass the comprehensive examinations by the end of their fifth semester or be dropped from the program. The comprehensive examination may cover the following areas:
In addition, students must pass a seminar course(s), ICS 690, during the “PhD portion” of their program. After passing an oral examination covering their general preparation for the research involved, students must write a dissertation, which must be approved by a doctoral committee.