The Department of Computer Science (CS) offers a degree program leading to the bachelor of science in computer science.
The field of computer science can trace its beginnings and much of its foundation to both mathematics and engineering. Because of this, studies in computer science range from theory through experimental techniques to engineering methodology. The purpose of the computer science curriculum is to expose students to aspects of each of these disciplines and foster an appreciation and understanding of them. To accomplish this, students are exposed to the broad theoretical bases of computer science as well as a strong laboratory component. Focus areas for students include artificial intelligence, scientific computing, machine learning, data science, and cybersecurity.
The CS department has designed a curricular model that seeks to increase relevance to the real world. In particular, the department requires a capstone experience that expands upon the experimental and design approach of typical computer science curricula. This capstone experience is a major project that requires integration and application of knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework. Students become engaged in projects that investigate each stage of transforming a creative idea into a productivity-enhancing system in a realistic context.
Admission to the computer science major or minor is not competitive. Progress in the major/minor is dependent upon earning a C or higher in all courses that are a prerequisite to another course.
The computer science department believes that advising is one of the keys to success in an undergraduate program. To that end, majors and minors are encouraged to meet with their computer science advisor as early as possible to develop a graduation plan. Graduation plans are used to help the department schedule courses and to keep students informed of curricular changes.