The mission of the Department of Computer Science at Bucknell University is to provide degree programs and courses consistent with the missions of the University, the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering that meet the full range of needs of Bucknell’s talented, primarily undergraduate student body. To do this, the department provides the following:
- A bachelor of science in computer science & 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 seeking a greater focus on hardware should consider the computer engineering program.)
- A bachelor of science degree program in the College of Arts & 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 & 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 Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
- 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 lifelong 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:
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
- An ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
- An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs.
- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
- Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
- An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice.
Student Learning Outcomes (Engineering Accreditation Commission)
Graduates of the program shall demonstrate:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
- A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.
- A knowledge of contemporary issues.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.