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 F18
CS 1301Principles of Programming I4
CS 1302Principles of Programming II4
CS 2620Discrete Structures3
ACCT 2101
ACCT 2102
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics (with 2 hours "spilling" into electives)1
Senior College Curriculum60
CS 3101Computer Organization3
Select one of the following:3
UNIX Programming
The C Programming Language
Web Programming
CS 3410Data Structures3
CS 4121Data Communications and Networks I3
CS 4321Software Engineering I3
CS 4345Operating Systems3
CS 4721Database Design I3
Three of any 3000-level or 4000-level course not required above (excluding CS 3000 and CS 3001)9
Two of any CS 4000-level courses not required above 6
Supporting Courses14
Principles of Microeconomics ("spillover" from Area F)
Statistical Methods
Probability and Statistics
Management and Organization Behavior
Production and Operations Management
Financial Management
Introduction to Marketing
Total Hours Required for the Degree120

Additional Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Students may use CS 4800 only one time to fulfill the additional 3000-level or 4000-level courses in the Senior College Curriculum.