Department of Computer Science

Mission Statement, Program Objectives and Student Outcomes of the Department of Computer Science

Mission Statement of the Department of Computer Science

  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science prepares the student for continued study at the graduate level and/or a career in industry and success in their future career pursuits.
  • Graduates have a solid base of Computer Science knowledge and experience.
  • Graduates have the ability to communicate well with others.
  • Graduates have the ability to work individually and in teams on a shared software project.
  • Graduates have the interest, knowledge and skills that enable them to participate in life-long learning and to adapt to an ever-changing technological environment.
  • Graduates have the ethical background to deal successfully with the social and technical ethical problems that will inevitably arise in their lives and work.

Program Educational Objectives

Three to five years after graduation, graduates of the USM Computer Science Program have achieved appropriate success in their chosen field of application in industry, government and/or academia through their:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer science appropriate to their work place.
  • Demonstrated ability to create well-designed software solutions for complicated application and technical problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with their peers, supervisors, subordinates and professional partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive contributor individually and in teams on software projects using accepted software management practices.
  • Commitment to active participation in life-long learning to adapt to an ever-changing environment of software technology
  • Ethical commitment that allows them to deal successfully with the social, technical and professional ethical problems that have and will continue to arise in their lives and work.

This success is reflected in their job satisfaction, the respect of their peers, their highly valued work and their competitive salaries. 



The mission and program educational objectives are supported by the following student outcomes addressed by the courses in the Computer Science curriculum.

Students graduating from the Computer Science Program will have:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
(b) an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
(c) an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
(d) an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
(e) an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
(f) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
(g) an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
(h) recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
(i) an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
(j) 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.
(k) an ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.