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Computer Science, B.A.

Program Description

The Department offers three separate programs in computing. Two of these programs provide a foundation in the discipline of computer science, one leading to a B.A. and the other to a B.S. The remaining program leads to a B.S. in Information Technology.

The primary goal of these programs is the preparation of graduates for direct entry into the computing profession with sufficient background to make continuing contributions in the field. The B.S. in Computer Science program provides the foundation for remaining current in computer science. It requires courses in related fields and provides breadth and depth in the discipline. The B.A. program is applications-oriented and has fewer required courses to provide greater flexibility. The Information Technology major is designed for those students interested in the study of networks and client support systems.

Mission Statement

With student learning having the highest priority, goals for the Computer Science Program are in accord with those of the University. Our mission is to help our students to think logically, to analyze problems and develop algorithmic and computer-based solutions to these problems, to communicate effectively, and to work collaboratively as part of a team. With the ultimate goal of developing all of our students as self-learners, members of our faculty strive to research and implement teaching strategies that effectively serve all of our students.

Ultimately, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers in computer science. In addition, students who demonstrate the ability and determination to continue academically in computer science will be prepared for graduate studies. We expect that participants in our program, both students and faculty, will expand their thirst for learning and develop a deeper appreciation and respect for related disciplines. To these ends, we work to provide a classical foundation in the core of the discipline, introduce current theories, research areas, and technologies, and demonstrate the links between theory and its embodiment in the world of applications.

4+1 Graduate Program Option

During their senior year, students with a GPA of at least 3.0 may apply for the 4+1 BA/MS Computer Science option. Students who are accepted into this program will receive their bachelor's degree once they complete its requirements and will then begin the master's program immediately upon graduation. Up to three courses from the undergraduate program will then count towards the completion of the masters degree. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in any course that is being transferred to the graduate program. Eligible masters programs are as follows:

  • Computer Information Science (CIS) - a total of 8 additional classes (24 credits) are required to complete the M.S. in CIS; this degree can be completed in as few as four semesters after graduation (approximately 15 months)
  • Cybersecurity (CYB) - a total of 8 additional classes (24 credits) are required to complete the M.S. in CYB; this degree can be completed in as few as four semesters after graduation (approximately 15 months)

Why Take This Major?

Students who pursue Computer Science as a major enjoy programming (writing code) and the software side of computing. Graduates pursue careers as software developers, computer analysts, systems engineers, and web developers.