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 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:

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