Computer Science Undergraduate Program

Program Mission

Through our world-class research in software systems, and our innovative and high-quality undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. educational programs, we strive to be a national and world leader in developing new information technologies and educating the next generation of IT professionals and researchers.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. These are the professional accomplishments that students are expected to have achieved three years after graduation.

  • [Skills development] Have acquired new skills and knowledge on one's own.
  • [Skills application] Have created solutions to real world computational problems.
  • [Communication] Be proficient in both oral and written technical communication.
  • [Teamwork] Be effective as either a member or a leader of a small team.
  • [Impact] Be able to evaluate the impact of one's work on the intended users and on society.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are measureable goals for the learning that takes place during a student's time in the program. The overall outcomes for the program are listed below. Not only do outcome goals exist for the overall program, but each course has its own outcomes. 

Student outcomes are narrow statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in the program.

  • [Analysis] Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • [Design] Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • [Communication] Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • [Professionalism] Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • [Teamwork] Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • [Development] Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

The Computer Science program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)


Cybersecurity Undergraduate Program

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. These are the professional accomplishments that students are expected to have achieved three years after graduation.

  • [Skills development] Be able to acquire new skills and knowledge on one's own. 
  • [Skills application] Be able to create solutions to complex problems in secure system design.
  • [Communication] Be proficient in both oral and written technical communication.
  • [Teamwork] Be effective as either a member or a leader of a small team.
  • [Impact] Be able to evaluate the impact of one's work on the intended users and on society.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are measureable goals for the learning that takes place during a student's time in the program. The overall outcomes for the program are listed below. Not only do outcome goals exist for the overall program, but each course has its own outcomes. 

Student outcomes are narrow statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in the program.

  • [BS-CyS A Apply] An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • [BS-CyS B Analyze] An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the cybersecurity requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • [BS-CyS C Design] An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired cybersecurity needs in the face of current, emerging, and potential threats.
  • [BS-CyS D Teamwork] An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • [BS-CyS E Responsibility] An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • [BS-CyS F Communicate] An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • [BS-CyS G Impact] An ability to analyze the local and global impact of cybersecurity on individuals, organizations and society.
  • [BS-CyS H Professional development] Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • [BS-CyS I Currency] An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for cybersecurity practice.
  • [BS-CyS J Tradeoffs] An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of secure computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  • [BS-CyS K Construction] An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of secure software systems of varying complexity.