Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Students will design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  2. Students will demonstrate ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

The department assesses the extent to which the program requirements create the desired outcomes by a variety of techniques. Examples of these assessments include the following:

  1. The capstone courses are used to assess student progress since taking Area F courses. They determine if students have mastered effective oral and written communication skills, acquired critical analysis skills, and learned to use the library and technological resources in solving non-routine problems. Assessment methods include student projects and presentations.
  2. Student examinations and samples of student work are kept in the department and are examined by the faculty to assess student content knowledge.
  3. Available student and alumni survey data collected by the University will be examined to determine student satisfaction with their undergraduate preparation for further education or employment.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Computer Information Systems

Core Curriculum60
Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Core Curriculum Area F
CS 1301Principles of Programming I4
CS 1302Principles of Programming II4
CS 2620Discrete Structures3
ACCT 2101
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting I
Select one of the following sequences: 11
Survey of Calculus I
and Survey of Calculus II
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
and Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Senior College Curriculum60
CS 3101Computer Organization3
CS 3410Data Structures3
CS 4345Operating Systems3
Select one of the following:3
UNIX Programming
The C Programming Language
Web Programming
Data Communications and Networks I
Software Engineering I
Database Design I
Two of any 3000-level or 4000-level course not required above (excluding CS 3000, CS 3001, and CS 4800)6
Two of any CS 4000-level courses not required above (excluding CS 4800)6
Select one of the following Calculus sequences:2-5
Survey of Calculus I
and Survey of Calculus II
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
and Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
MATH 2620Statistical Methods3
or MATH 3600 Probability and Statistics
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics3
MGNT 3250Management and Organization Behavior3
MGNT 3300Production and Operations Management3
FIN 3350Financial Management3
or MKTG 3050 Introduction to Marketing
Total Hours Required for the Degree120

There is a requirement that a student complete a six-credit sequence of calculus. One credit in Area F can be devoted to these six credits of calculus.

Additional Requirements

  1. No more than 4 hours of electives may be taken in courses offered by the College of Business Administration.
  2. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all Area F courses and core curriculum lower-level math courses, all courses required for the major, and all supporting courses.