2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Director: Carol Spradling

Faculty: Joni Adkins, Charles Badami, Ajay Bandi, Scott Bell, Tanmay Bhowmik, Denise Case, Cari Cline, Nathan Eloe, Douglas Hawley, Charles Hoot, Diana Linville, Michael Rogers, Matthew Schieber, Dong Si, Roger VonHolzen, Dennis Wong, Nancy Zeliff

Statement of Mission

The mission of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems is to provide programs through which students learn to solve problems and gain professional competence in the areas of computer science, and information systems. In addition to courses supporting our majors, we offer general education and service courses that reflect the pivotal role of computer science and information systems in all disciplines. The goal of each major is to provide a sufficiently focused curriculum to enable each student to compete successfully in the job market, while also providing sufficient breadth to facilitate lifelong learning, whether that learning continues through formal graduate study or on-the-job experiences. Each major offers the student opportunities to obtain thorough knowledge of the field of study, develop the professional competencies to communicate that knowledge, and acquire a value system to make sound decisions regarding the issues that confront professionals in the work place.

Degree Programs

The School of Computer Science and Information Systems offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the areas of computer science, interactive digital media, management information systems, and business technology. For students interested in teaching business and marketing, in grades 9-12, the school offers the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in business education and a minor in marketing education.  For students interested in teaching business, in grades 5-9, the school offers a minor in middle school business. In addition, there are minors in accounting information systems, business education (as well as non-degree business technology and information systems programs), computer applications, computer networking, computer science, data management, interactive digital media, and systems management.

The focus of the computer science major is software design and implementation. The program also provides a solid background in the fundamental principles of computer networks, computer organization, database systems, operating systems, and programming languages.

Interactive digital media students will possess cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills in areas that deal with visual aesthetic understanding and communication, integrated with technological knowledge. Students in the computer science programming concentration will design and implement computer programs, and explore the additional topics of computer organization, networking, database development, and other computer technologies.

Students in the management information systems program develop a solid, interrelated combination of business knowledge and applied computer technology skills. This combination makes graduates suited for a variety of information technology careers.

Business technology and business education students develop technology and computer-related skills as well as interpersonal, decision making, and analytical skills. Graduates will effectively assist organizations with business, computer, and technology operations. Additionally, education majors learn to motivate students to develop these same skills and attributes.

In all of these programs, students learn fundamental concepts while engaging in activities similar to those encountered in the workplace. Small classes taught by full-time faculty using active learning instructional paradigms focus on the student’s learning process, with the teacher’s role that of guide, facilitator and mentor.

All of these programs are supported by a wide variety of computing facilities ranging from local area networks of microcomputers to campus--wide access to an international network of computing services.

Test-Out Policy

Undergraduate students may test out of certain lower division courses in Computer Science/Information Systems. Examinations are available each trimester. See the School Director for courses that are available for test-out.

Senior Assessment

For each of the majors in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, a senior-level major field assessment must be completed by each student.

Non-Degree Programs

The School of Computer Science and Information Systems offers a two-year business technology program. On the successful completion of a program, the student is awarded a certificate. Unless otherwise noted, all courses in this program are fully accredited and may be applied to a degree program should a student later decide to complete a college degree. A student must maintain a “C” average. All non-degree programs in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems require CSIS 44130 Computers and Information Technology, as a prerequisite course as required by course descriptions.