Computer Science & Computer Information System

 

  Objectives:

Upon completion of the programs offered in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills, competencies, and knowledge to develop and use computer information systems in the work place;
  2. Pursue professional careers and/or acquire the additional skills for attaining upward mobility in their current employment positions;
  3. Seek careers in Computer-based Information Systems and Systems Analysis;
  4. Become business as well as scientific programmers;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the latest techniques, systems, and operations currently in use in the work place;
  6. Computer favorably with other students completing similar programs in the nation.

 Assessment Program:

The Student Outcomes Assessment program instituted by the Department of Computer Science, Technology and Mathematics is geared towards achieving methods in which students are assessed quantitatively. To that end, student outcomes will be assessed based on measurable and quantifiable parameters.

The graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Science will have the training, the knowledge, and the expertise in their respective fields of training. Graduates of these programs will acquire comparable skills and training and will compare favorably with other students completing similar programs.

Computer Information Systems and Computer Science professions are among the fastest changing and growing professions. Because of that, any student outcomes assessment method should be directed towards:

  1. Assessing skills training and preparation of students; and
  2. Developing and/or reviewing the curriculum to meet the changes in the profession. Two methods of assessment shall be employed. These are the Exit Examination and the Internship Survey.

Exit examinations shall be given to all graduating students. The Exit examinations shall be prepared to reflect the major courses of the programs. Exit examinations of these programs shall be reviewed every two years to reflect new courses developed and offered.

Reports and surveys from employers for student interns will be collected and analyzed in fall and spring semesters. The survey shall be prepared to:

  1. Quantitatively assess a student’s knowledge and training. This is reflected by the grade given in CS 498.
  2. Assess the student’s skills and depth of training relative to other students (employees) from similar institutions.

Data collected from the exit examinations and the internship survey will be analyzed by faculty to identify areas of strength and weakness, to plan changes and modifications to training and to assess the trends of the profession as a whole. Every two years, the Department may initiate new courses and/or drop courses reflecting changes in the profession. 

 Computer Skills Requirement:

A student who completes a major or minor in Computer Science or Computer
Information Systems has automatically satisfied the General Education computer skills requirement.

Questions about the Computer Science & Computer Information Systems
  • What are the degrees offered?

    • Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Information Systems (There are five major area of emphasis available in the degree program)
    • Associate of Applied Science with a major in Computer Science
    • Major: B.S. in Computer Information Systems:
    • A student may major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) by completing the following with a minimum grade of C: CS 101, 105, 205, 321, 351, 443, 451, 460, plus 12 hours from one of the three major areas of emphasis, plus 6 hours of approved upper level CS electives, and ACC 246, ECO 201 or 202, BAD 310, MAT 113 and 117 and 6 hours of Business, Mathematics, or electives as approved by the department head.
    • Major: A.A.S. in Computer Science
    • A minimum of 64 hours is required for an Associate of Applied Science. The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C": CS 101, 105, 235, 237, 310, 321, 335, 338 and 351, plus 6 hours of approved CS electives. In addition, majors must complete GE 101, ENG 101-102, MAT 113 and 117, PSC 201, SPT 206, ACC 246, ECO 201 or 202, and 6 hours of electives from the areas of Business and Mathematics, or electives as approved by the department head.
  • What are the major area of emphasis?

    • Area I: Application Development
    • Area II: Object Oriented and Client Server Systems
    • Area III: End User Systems and Support
    • Area IV: Networking
    • Area V: Web Development
    • A student may minor in Computer Information Systems by completing with a minimum grade of "C" a total of 21 hours as follows: CS 101, 105, 235 or 237, and 12 hours of approved CS courses of which 6 hours must be upper division.