Computer Science Program Objectives

Computer Science Program Objectives and Outcomes

Computer Science Program Objectives

A graduate of the MSU Computer Science Program is prepared to be

  • successful in a computing-related profession, or
  • successful in graduate study.


To achieve these objectives the department prepares students in the application of fundamental computing principles and software development skills. This preparation includes the design and implementation of systems that solve complex problems. Our graduates will be trained in teamwork, effective communication, professionalism, ethics, and the engagement of learning and applying new ideas and technologies as the field evolves.

Computer Science Student Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

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

The Program Student Outcomes were adopted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Curriculum Committee in Fall, 2018, replacing the previous version, and were affirmed by the full faculty at the September 28, 2018 faculty meeting.

Computer Science Degree and Enrollment Data