BS in CS Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes

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Program Educational Objectives: (Note: "Program Educational Objectives" are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve within a few years of graduation.)

Graduates will be equipped to succeed in their chosen career path.

Specifically, within 3–5 years after graduation:

  • Those employed in industry or entrepreneurial endeavors will demonstrate professional advancement through expanded leadership responsibility, significant technical accomplishment, or other recognition of their contributions.
  • Those who continue their formal education will achieve an advanced degree or other technical certification.

Graduates will appreciate the preparation received in the program as it relates to their chosen careers, to their role as educated citizens in a global society, and to continued learning.

Student Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is designed to enable students to achieve the following by the time they graduate:

(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;

(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.