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Computer Science: Program Objectives and Student Outcomes

The Computer Science program combines a rigorous education in computer science with added coursework in an area outside of computing, in the sciences, business, or humanities. With a background that combines computer science and a non-computing discipline, our graduates have the breadth of understanding for practice both in traditional areas of computer science and in applications to other disciplines.

The Program Educational Objectives of the Computer Science program describe our graduates expected accomplishments during the first few years following graduation from the program. The Computer Science undergraduate program educational objectives are that our alumni/ae:

  • practice as computing professionals (appropriate to the description of the Computer Science program described above), conducting research and/or leading, designing, developing, or maintaining projects in various technical areas;
  • apply the ethical and social aspects of modern computing technology to the design, development, and usage of computing artifacts; and,
  • enhance their skills and embrace new computing technologies through self-directed professional development and post-graduate training or education.

The following Student Outcomes describes the skills imparted by our Computer Science program:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  • An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
  • An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

The following Population Data enumerates the undergraduate student population of our three programs:

Program Fall 2013 Enrollment May 2013 Graduates
  Freshman Sophomores Juniors Seniors  
Comp. Eng. 17 9 12 18 5
Comp. Sci. 47 27 40 42 17
Comp Sci & Eng 24 42 56 74 40