To provide the necessary preparation for students planning careers in Computer Information Systems and related areas;
To provide the necessary preparation for students planning careers in Airway Computer Science and related areas;
To provide an adequate background of knowledge and effective teaching techniques for the training of prospective teachers of Computer Science;
To provide an adequate background of knowledge and effective teaching techniques for the training of teachers in the use of computer technology in education;
To provide the courses to meet the requirements of General Studies;
To provide the courses to meet the service functions for departments requiring knowledge of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems;
To provide courses that meet the service functions demanded by the community and state in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems;
To prepare students for graduate work and research in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.
Students pursuing a field endorsement or two subject endorsements in other areas may obtain an Additional Endorsement in Computer Science.
The minor in Computer Science is available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines.
The minor in Computer Information Systems is available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines.
Computer Science and Information Systems courses are also used as "Areas of Emphasis" within the Business Administration Comprehensive Major, the Organization Communications Comprehensive Major, and the Telecommunications Management Comprehensive Major. (See other sections of this catalog for programs and courses.)
The Masters of Science in Education Degree with a specialization in Instructional Technology is offered jointly by this department and the College of Education. (See Graduate Catalog for programs and courses.)
The department participates in the Master of Science in Education-Academic Discipline Option with a Mathematics Specialization and in the Master of Business Administration degree. (See Graduate Catalog for programs and courses.)
Computer-related disciplines have developed to include two broad areas of knowledge: Computer science and computer information systems. The programs and courses offered by this department reflect this situation. Concisely stated, computer science deals within a framework of mathematics, algorithms, and technology, whereas computer information systems is more organizational and applications oriented.
The computer science graduate will be more involved with algorithm formulation, software development and hardware design, while the computer information systems graduate will interact with organizational functions in designing and implementing computer applications.
Both computer science and computer information systems graduates typically obtain similar entry-level positions as computer programmers, systems analysts, or related jobs. The difference between computer science and computer information systems become more distinct as graduates progress on the job or as they prepare for graduate study.
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