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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.

Objectives

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

Outcomes

Graduates of the Computer Science Program are expected to demonstrate:

  • 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 needs
  • 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 range of audiences
  • 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.