Mission Statement:

The mission of the computer science department at Bucknell University is to provide degree programs and courses, consistent with the missions of the University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering, that meet the full range of needs of the talented, primarily undergraduate student body. To do this, the department provides the following:  

  • A Bachelor of Science in computer science and engineering degree program in the College of Engineering for students seeking a rigorous engineering education in computer software and hardware systems with an emphasis on computer software (students interested in more of a focus on hardware should consider the computer engineering program).
  • A Bachelor of Science degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences for students seeking a solid foundation in the sciences while gaining an in-depth preparation in computer science.
  • A Bachelor of Arts degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences for students seeking a broad understanding of the liberal arts while gaining an in-depth preparation in computer science.
  • A minor in computer science for students seeking basic competency in the discipline.
  • An interdisciplinary computer engineering program offered jointly with the electrical & computer engineering department.
  • Basic courses to support the general educational needs of students outside of the degree programs and minor.

The department's philosophy has the following four principles: Departmental programs are based on a common core curriculum that supports the breadth of the discipline. Computer science courses focus on principles; where appropriate, specific systems are studied to illuminate the principles. Courses in the core curriculum typically have a substantial faculty-directed hands-on component in the form of a regularly scheduled laboratory. Departmental degree programs provide the background and experiences appropriate for entering the workplace at the entry level or a variety of graduate programs.  

Program Educational Objectives:

Computer Science degree graduates will be successful professionals in computer science or other fields, and will be recognized for qualities associated with their Bucknell educations. Such qualities include critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication. Graduates will be prepared to pursue life-long learning such as professional or advanced education.

Student Learning Outcomes (Computing Accreditation Commission):

The program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline

(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs

(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal

(e) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

(g) An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society

(h) Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

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