Department of Computer Science
Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, Acting Chair
The Department of Computer Science offers the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, supports secondary teacher certifications in computer science, and is authorized to award CNSS 4011 and 4012 computer security certifications.
The degree programs prepare students for work in a wide variety of computing environments. Both the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems curricula incorporate exposure to specific computer science content, the design and implementation of reliable and secure computer systems, computer programming, development of logical reasoning, utilization of problem-solving, and encouragement of the creative process via design projects and independent research.
The Department of Computer Science aspires to innovative leadership in preparing men and women for meaningful work, lifelong learning, and responsible participation in a new and dynamic information age. To accomplish this, the Department offers a broad spectrum of educational programs with corporate partners from the local and global community.
The Department fulfills a unique role. It provides professional education in the computing disciplines, supporting education for programs in the other colleges, and general education for all students. Because continuing change characterizes information technology, computer science programs are built upon a strong foundation in the arts and sciences and emphasize competency in the theory and methodology of the computing disciplines. At the same time, degree programs are responsive to the rapid pace of technological development.
The Department is characterized by its core values:
- excellent teaching that is informed by scholarship, professional practice, and community service;
- integration of theory and practice in teaching and scholarly activities;
- currency in new technology and its applications;
- creative programs and partnerships with the local and global community;
- attentiveness to professional ethics and social responsibility;
- research leadership in exploring new directions and new developments in computing and its applications.
Both significant individual and team-oriented design experiences, as well as the development of students' oral and written communication skills, are stressed. Design experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. Additionally, students are provided the opportunity to interface with the profession through avenues such as co-operative education, professional society activities, student internships, project assignments, class-oriented documented deliverables, and professional speakers.
The Department values diversity and welcomes qualified students of various experiences and origins, whether regional, national, or international. It provides excellent service to students both within and outside the classroom. It uses the power of technology to offer broad opportunity to students and to enable them to achieve excellence. Throughout its programs and services, the Department of Computer Science consistently recognizes that information technologies are tools for the empowerment of people.