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:
- 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.