The program objectives, as derived from the departmental mission statement, address our goal of graduating highly competent students with the potential of becoming leaders in the field of their careers and understanding the implications of their work on both to themselves and to society as a whole. The high-level goals are:

Foundation: To provide graduates with a solid foundation in the principles and practices of computer science, including mathematics, physical sciences, and basic engineering. This foundation is necessary to succeed in more advanced Computer Science and Engineering coursework where students will apply these principles and practices to a variety of complex problems, and which will further develop their analytical and creative problem-solving skills and enable them to work successfully on multidisciplinary teams, in both classroom and laboratory settings.

Breadth: To provide graduates with sufficient breadth in computer science and related technical disciplines. This breadth is required not only to understand engineering trade-offs that cross disciplines (for example, hardware and software boundaries), but also to participate effectively in multidisciplinary teams. To also provide students with breadth in the humanities and social sciences to develop their awareness of societal issues; to develop effective oral and written communication skills; and to develop an understanding of professional and ethical issues related to computing.

Depth: To provide our graduates with advanced training in focused areas of their choice. This depth is necessary to solve complex real-world engineering problems and prepare them to contribute to a specific discipline within computer science and possibly pursue advanced study or research.

Based on the above high-level goals we have defined the following three Program Educational Objectives:

  • To practice computer science and engineering in a broad range of industries
  • To pursue graduate education or other professional degrees; and
  • To contribute to their profession and society

Student Outcomes

SO Statement
1

an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering and computing problems by applying principles of engineering, science, mathematics, and computing

2 an ability to apply engineering design, computer science theory, or software development fundamentals to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3 an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences in a variety of professional contexts
4 an ability to recognize ethical, professional, and legal responsibilities in engineering and computing situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering or computing solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5 an ability to function effectively as a leader or member of a team whose members together create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6 an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7 an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies