Bucknell's computer science degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The computer science & engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
We offer a computer science education to any student, based on the fundamental principles of the discipline and grounded in professional ethics and social responsibilities. We provide close student-faculty interactions and extensive hands-on experiences in the classroom, laboratory and undergraduate research. Students have the choice of three degree programs based on a common core and firmly aligned with the liberal arts:
- The bachelor of arts in the College of Arts & Sciences serves the interests of students seeking a broad understanding of computer science. This program provides the most flexibility for students interested in exploring both computer science and other disciplines.
- The bachelor of science in the College of Arts & Sciences emphasizes further depth of study in computer science, mathematics and the natural sciences. This program also provides some flexibility for students to explore their interests in other disciplines.
- The bachelor of science in computer science & engineering in the College of Engineering provides the most focused emphasis on computer science, engineering mathematics and the natural sciences. This program adds depth of study in systems design and applications of core computer science principles in engineering solutions.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of Bucknell's computer science department will be:
- Prepared for their careers and further studies, whether directly in computer science or in any other field they choose
- Recognized for both their technical and non-technical abilities, reflecting the breadth of their Bucknell liberal arts education
- Able to analyze, design and develop computing solutions within a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings
- Able to communicate technical processes, outcomes and ideas both within teams and more broadly within an organizational or public context
- Self-reflective members of society, who consider ethical and social issues such as equity and inclusion in their professional and personal lives
- Committed to lifelong learning and professional development
Student Learning Outcomes (Computing Accreditation Commission)
The program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation, an ability to:
- Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
- Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline
- Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
- Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline
Student Learning Outcomes (Engineering Accreditation Commission)
Graduates of the program shall demonstrate:
- An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
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