Selected Educational Outcome
Students will design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
Students will demonstrate ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
Students will apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-offs involved in design choices.
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:
- 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.
- Student examinations and samples of student work are kept in the department and are examined by the faculty to assess student content knowledge.
- 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 Science
|Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)||42|
|Core Curriculum Area F||18|
|CS 1301||Principles of Programming I||4|
|CS 1302||Principles of Programming II||4|
|CS 2620||Discrete Structures||3|
|MATH 2261||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (1 hour "spillover" from Area D)||1|
|MATH 2262||Analytic Geometry and Calculus II||4|
|Any D.2.a or D.1 Laboratory Science from a different discipline than the sequence completed in D.2.a (with 2 hours "spilling" into Supporting Courses) or ENGR 2320 (with 1 hour "spilling" into Supporting Courses)||2|
|Senior College Curriculum||60|
|CS 3200||Computer Ethics||3|
|CS 3101||Computer Organization||3|
|CS 3335||The C Programming Language||3|
|CS 3410||Data Structures||3|
|CS 4345||Operating Systems||3|
|CS 4121||Data Communications and Networks I||3|
|CS 4321||Software Engineering I||3|
|CS 4721||Database Design I||3|
|CS 4500||Formal Languages and Automata Theory||3|
|CS 4900||Senior Seminar||3|
|Additional 3000-level or 4000-level course in CS (except CS 4800)||3|
|Additional 4000-level course in CS (except CS 4800)||3|
D.2.a Laboratory Science ("spillover" from Area F)
|Introduction to Linear Algebra|
|Probability and Statistics|
|Numerical Analysis I|
or MATH 4901
|Operations Research I|
|Total Hours Required for the Degree||120|
- The 12-hour lab science requirement must include a two-course sequence. All three courses must be from Area D.2.a. Students not completing these requirements in their Core Curriculum must complete them with elective courses.
- Students must receive a “C” or better in all of the lower division mathematics and computer science courses completed to satisfy the degree requirements.