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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.

There are two sequences in this program

  • 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.
  • Enterprise Computing Engineering - offers knowledge in computer architecture, networking and performance analysis in large scale computing environments.

The Applied Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).


IT - Computer Science Program Educational Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and principles of computer science.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in designing and developing software systems.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in working in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in making oral presentations and writing technical reports.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply principles and theories of computer science in a professional setting under supervision.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of the profession and the social implications of their professional activities.
  • Demonstrate an interest in and the ability to pursue life long learning.

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

Computer Science

 

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Enrollment 140 141 126 137 152 164
Undergraduate Degrees Conferred 32     24     20     19     23     22    

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

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

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