Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. The educational objectives for the Computer Science program are as follows:
Preparation: To prepare students to excel in graduate school or technical careers through a world-class, rigorous, and competitive program.
Core Competence: To train students across the spectrum of computer and information science to develop computer applications that solve real world problems.
Breadth: To train students with sufficient mathematical and computational breadth to design and create novel solutions to problems in computing systems.
Professionalism: To develop in students professional and ethical attitudes, effective communication and teamwork skills, and an ability to place computing issues and solutions within the broader societal context.
Learning Environment: To provide students with an academic environment committed to excellence and innovation that contributes to developing leadership, professionalism, and life-long learning for professional careers.
Program outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. To satisfy the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems criteria, graduates must demonstrate:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
(c) An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
(e) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(g) An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
(h) Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices.
Computer Science only:
(j) 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.
(k) An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
Computer Information Systems only:
(j) An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.