Computer Science Program

The requirements to receive 3 credits for EACH of the four (4) CS PLTW-Business/IT Program courses are the following:

  1. Complete a PLTW Computer Science course: 
    • Computer Science Essentials (CSE)
    • Computer Science Principles (CSP)
    • Computer Science Applications (CSA)
    • Cybersecurity (SEC) 
  2. Earn an A or B average in each course
  3. Have one of the following scores for each PLTW class:
    (waived for 19-20 and 20-21 academic years) 
    • Stanine of "6" or higher for each course
    • Scale score that earns an achievement level descriptor of "accomplished" or "distinguished." 
  4. Pay the $250 fee per course
  5. Give the completed application to your high school to send to S&T with an official transcript of your PLTW courses (including both graded semesters) or request a sealed transcript that you can send with the application.

How to Apply 

Please give the completed form to your HS to send with an official transcript (including both graded semesters). Or can request a "sealed" transcript to be included with the application. 

Mail To: 
Missouri S&T Registrar's Office
103 Parker Hall, 300 West 13th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-0930

PLTW Computer Science form for Credit Application

Course Options

S&T course equivalent of IS&T 1310: Exposure to Computer Experience. 

Program Design and Development

  • Create programs using procedural, event-driven and object-oriented programming (OOP) paradigms
  • Design a user interface (UI) based on human-computer interaction (HCI) principles
  • Use image processing to control program flow and vehicle movement
  • Debug and test code


Web Development 

  • Use Django® to develop website applications 


Interpretation of Documentation 

  • Create task reflection with the Interpreted Performance Guide
  • Create task reflection with the Interpreted Performance Guide Response Template
  • Use application programming interfaces (APIs) 


Programming Languages 

  • MIT App Inventor based on Blockly
  • VEX® Coding Studio based on RobotC
  • Python®
  • HTML/CSS Tools and Software
  • MIT App Inventor based on Blockly
  • Cloud9


Professional Skills 

  • Pair Programming
  • Agile Project Development/Scrum
  • Accountability to a team
  • Collaboration on design and implementation
  • Presentation/Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethics

S&T course equivalent of IS&T 1311: Exposure to Computing Principles. 

Program Design and Development 

  • Create programs using procedural, event-driven, and object-oriented programming (OOP) paradigms
  • Design a user interface (UI) based on human-computer interaction (HCI) principles
  • Debug and test code
  • Create annotated programs with in-code commenting and documentation


Web Development 

  • Explain how client-side code, server-side code, and databases are used together to implement a website


Interpretation of Documentation 

  • Use application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Data Analysis and Visualizations
  • Use and create software to display charts and graphs
  • Analyze large data sets through computational techniques
  • Use coding to automate data analysis
  • Interpret data visualizations Modeling and Simulation
  • Create simulations using agent-based simulation software
  • Use agent-based simulations to observe emergent behaviors
  • Describe any limits to the predictive power of a given simulation 


Programming Languages 

  • Python®
  • Scratch
  • MIT App Inventor
  • PHP Tools and Software
  • Full-featured integrated development environment (Enthought Canopy for Python)
  • Git and GitHub
  • Microsoft® Excel®
  • Linux® Environment and Bash 


Professional Skills 

  • Pair Programming
  • Agile Project Development/Scrum
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Presentation/Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethics
  • Cybersecurity Best Practices

S&T course equivalent to IS&T 1312: Computer Programming Exposure.

Computational Thinking Practices 

  • Program Design and Algorithm
  • Development
  • Code Logic
  • Code Implementation
  • Code Testing
  • Documentation Alignment


Introductory College-level Programming Course 

  • Program design and algorithm development by determining if required code segments produce a given output.
  • Code logic by determining the output, value, or result of given program code given initial values.
  • Code implementation by writing and implementing program code.
  • Code testing by analyzing program code for correctness, equivalence, and errors.
  • Documentation by describing the behavior and conditions that produce the specified results in a program.
  • Ethical Computing by understanding the ethical and social implications of computer use. 


Programming Language 

  • Java 


Tools and Software 

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code
  • Interactive code editor 


Professional Skills 

  • Presentation/communication
  • Technical writing
  • Public speaking
  • Collaboration
  • Ethics

S&T course equivalent to IS&T 1314: Exposure to Cybersecurity. 

Information Security 

  • Evaluate and define information security needs
  • Authenticate and authorize access to information
  • Organize and protect information stored in a file system 


Security Algorithms 

  • Analyze and improve cryptography algorithms
  • Apply various encryption measures to secure information


Data Abstraction 

  • Analyze network traffic at varying levels of abstraction
  • Recognize patterns in traffic flow to identify cybersecurity events
  • Recognize signatures and symptoms of malware to identify an attack


Computer Systems/Networks 

  • Manage operating system resources necessary for network configuration
  • Implement protection measures to secure computers and devices on a network
  • Monitor network activity and traffic flow 


Threat Investigation 

  • Analyze the evidence of a cybersecurity event
  • Identify system vulnerabilities that permitted an attack and the user actions that can secure the system
  • Know and use digital forensics investigative techniques


Industry Standard Tools 

  • Virtual machines with a variety of configurations
  • Network visualization and topology tools
  • Penetration testing software
  • Packet analysis software 


Professional Skills 

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Collaboration in Cyber Teams
  • Agile Project Development/Scrum
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Presentation/Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethics

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