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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Computer Science Mission statement, Objectives and Outcomes

Mission of the Vanderbilt Program in Computer Science

The program in Computer Science will prepare undergraduate students to accept and fulfill responsibilities across a broad spectrum of activities, including:

  • The practice of Computer Science.
  • Academic careers in Computer Science.
  • Other areas in which a preparation in Computer Science will support significant contributions to the field, including finance, medicine and law.
  • Service to the engineering community and the community at large.


Within 2-4 years of graduation, Computer Science program graduates will demonstrate, or be prepared to achieve:

  • Successful careers, as reflected by advancement to positions that include greater responsibility and intellectual challenge
  • Successful performance in graduate or professional degree programs


  • Graduates of the Computer Science Program are expected to demonstrate:
  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and  other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design,  implement, and evaluate a computing -based solution to meet a given set  of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in  computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities  appropriate to the program’s discipline.  
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.