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Computer Science

This degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a comprehensive study of computer science that blends theory, abstraction, and design in a variety of traditional and current areas. Graduates will be prepared to work for a variety of companies including those that have a scientific, engineering, or mathematical focus. It would also prepare students to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science. General Computer Science is designed to prepare students to work for a variety of companies including those who have a scientific, engineering, or mathematical focus.

The General Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

IT - Computer Science Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are statements that describe the expected accomplishments and professional status of graduates 3-5 years beyond the baccalaureate degree. The School of Information Technology at Illinois State University is dedicated to graduating people who will:

  • Be successfully employed in a computer science related field or accepted into a graduate program.
  • Design and develop creative and effective solutions to practical computing problems.
  • Exhibit teamwork and effective communication skills.
  • Be characterized by effective leadership skills and high standards of ethics.
  • Engage in lifelong learning to adapt to an ever-changing professional environment.

IT - Computer Science Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired standards
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audience
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  • An ability to 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 tradeoffs involved in design choices
  • An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

Plan of Study and Progress Tracking

Computer Science - General Computer Science Sample Plan of Study


Computer Science


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Enrollment on Fall Census Day 164 212 246 290 295 314
Undergraduate Degrees Conferred 19     34     30     28     38         

Career Opportunities

Statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and published in Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ) project major growth in job openings for computer professionals.

"Employment in combined IT occupations is expected to increase by more than 800,000 jobs over the 2006-16 projections decade. This increase represents expected job growth of 24 percent-compared with 10 percent growth for all occupations. So, opportunities should be plentiful for workers who hope to enter the IT field." (OOQ, Spring 2009)

Computer Lab
Illinois State University

School of Information Technology
Normal, Il 61790-5150
Phone: 309.438.8338

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