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The B.S. in Computer Science Composite and B.S. in Information Systems Composite programs are now ABET accredited! Learn more about ABET.
Welcome to the Department of CSIS
CSIS Mission Statement
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) supports the mission of the University and the College of Science and Engineering by providing a high quality graduate and undergraduate education to students through certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and master degree programs.
The mission of the CSIS Department is to provide a learning-centered environment that enables students, faculty, and staff to achieve their goals and to empower our students to compete on a global level for careers in government, industry, secondary education, and acceptance to graduate school.
The Department provides programs in computer science and information systems. The curricula are rich with opportunities for students to develop a sound understanding of fundamentals as well as specialized theories, practices, and ethics that enhance their learning.
The CSIS faculty are committed to providing high-quality education, individual guidance and assistance to students, helping them to develop the attributes of critical thinking, effective communication, lifelong learning, and individual integrity while pursuing their academic goals as well as engaging in scholarly activities to enhance our classes, involve students and, to assist in the economic development of the region through partnerships with industry, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
CSIS Vision Statement
The Southern Utah University (SUU), Computer Science and Information Systems Department (CSIS) will be globally renowned for its excellence in education and scholarship within all of its comprehensive programs, ultimately becoming a role model for other institutions.
The Goals of the CSIS Department that Support the Mission
- Provide excellent programs in Computer Science and Information Systems.
- Prepare graduates for careers enabling them to compete on a global level in government, industry, secondary education, and graduate school acceptance.
- Provide excellent General Education and service to the degree programs of other Departments and the University community.
- Engage in research and other scholarly activities that enhance, promote, and support degree programs, instructional activities, and intellectual and professional growth of students and faculty. Contribute to the body of knowledge in Computer Science and Information Systems.
- Provide an environment that promotes collegiality, collaboration, and the joy of learning.
- Recruit and retain highly qualified students to the Computer Science and Information Systems programs.
Educational Objectives for the CSIS Programs
Computer Science/Information Systems Educational Objectives
- Increased software development and project management skills to solve large-scale, complex problems
- Grow professionally through continuing education, research and development, and involvement in professional activities.
- Contribute to society by modeling ethical and responsible behavior.
- Refined effective oral and written communication through new and developing modes of media.
- Assume a variety of leadership roles in teams of diverse membership.
Program Outcomes provide students with the necessary skills to obtain the Education Objectives after graduation. Program Outcomes are divided into General criteria and Program criteria. The following are the Program Outcomes for the Computer Science and Information Systems degrees. The General criteria is followed by the program-specific criteria for each of the degrees.
Student Learning Outcomes
- 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 and social responsibilities;
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- An ability to analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society, including ethical, legal, security and global policy issues;
- 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.
Computer Science Program Criteria
- An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices;
- An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
Information Systems Program Criteria
- An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.