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CSCI 355: Programming Languages

Course Description:

CSCI 355 Programming Languages Three Credit Hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 223 and CSCI 305
Required for B.S. degree in computer science.
Programming language concepts and constructs with emphasis on the run-time behavior of programs. Topics include imperative, functional, and logic programming paradigms; language syntax and semantics; and global properties of programming languages including scope, parameter passing, storage allocation, and the binding time of constituents.

Major Topics:

  • Programming languages history
  • Language concepts
    • Values, types, and type systems
    • Variables and storage
    • Binding and scope
    • Procedural abstraction
  • Language paradigms
    • Function programming
    • Logic programming
    • Imperative programming
    • Scripting

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Discuss the principles and implementation issues which are fundamental to the design of high-level programming languages
  • Explain the various programming paradigms
  • Represent languages in BNF, EBNF and Syntax Chart notation
  • Code solutions for simple problems in bash scripting, LISP and PROLOG.


Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms (Second Edition) by Allen B. Tucker and Robert E. Noonan, McGraw-Hill, 2006.

Projected Schedule:

Every Spring

Recent Syllabi:

Spring 2012, Verdicchio