2020-21 Catalogs

Computer Science Overview

Chair of the Department: David Briggs

Associate Professors: Boothe, Briggs, MacLeod; Lecturer: Amorelli; Professor Emeritus: Welty

The Department of Computer Science offers a four-year program leading to a B.S. in computer science. Computer science courses concern the practice and the theory of solving problems by computer. More specifically, computer scientists build and analyze tools that allow complex problems to be solved. A component of computer science is the study and use of various programming languages, but computer science consists of much more than programming.

The focus of the computer science program is software design, that is, how software is designed and built to serve a purpose. Courses are available in the areas of databases, graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, operating systems, and computer networks. The mathematical theory of computer science aids in determining the efficiency and correctness of algorithms and programs. In addition, a computer scientist must understand how computers are built and operate. The systematic application of general methods and computing technology to actual problems is the essence of computer science.

The undergraduate degree in computer science prepares students both for careers in the computing profession and for graduate study. Course requirements ensure that students receive instruction in both practical and theoretical aspects of computer science. The B.S. degree in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, the national board that accredits computer, engineering, and technology programs.