To offer an undergraduate degree program leading to the BS in Computer Science which includes high quality teaching by properly trained and experienced faculty. This program prepares students for either continued graduate education or for BS level careers in business, industry, or government. The program includes a mix and balance of application oriented course work and study of the underlying theory and principles of Computer Science. The program is designed to educate students whose technical knowledge and skills will not become rapidly outdated upon leaving the University. Towards those ends, all faculty in the School are involved in undergraduate education, including teaching beginning courses. Effective quality teaching is an essential part of the responsibilities of all faculty in the School, and special efforts are made to find ways of increasing that quality and effectiveness. Consistent with our status as part of the College of Engineering and Computing, the education of Computer Science majors should not only include up-to-date technical material utilizing contemporary equipment but also should provide opportunity for students to take advantage of their educational opportunities to become broadly educated as citizens and individuals. Consistent with the mission of the University, the School of Computing and Information Sciences offers its undergraduate program to full and part-time degree seeking students and accommodates the special needs of mature students and lifelong learners. Because students from minority and other disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups have been historically underrepresented in technological areas, the School has a special responsibility to recruit, encourage, and support undergraduate major students from those groups.
The School of Computing and Information Sciences was formed in 1987 from the former Department of Mathematical Sciences. The mission of the School has several dimensions, consistent with the overall mission of the University and consistent with its role as part of the College of Engineering and Computing.
To provide course work and support for students in other fields who need and want to learn computer skills and to understand and utilize computers either in their chosen careers or for personal intellectual growth and stimulation. As computer knowledge and skills become an important part of higher education for students in all areas, providing appropriate courses and instruction has become an increasingly important part of the mission of the School of Computing and Information Sciences, just as courses and instruction for non-majors has historically been part of the missions mathematics and English department. Because of the importance of these skills and this knowledge to success in higher education, this aspect of our mission carries with it a special component of responsibility to minority and other educationally disadvantaged students.
Consistent with the mission of the University, to respond to the needs of local and regional industry and government. This includes cooperation with research and development efforts of local industry, sharing information through joint seminar participation, providing specific training and technical information to them. Cooperative research efforts with industry enhance the research mission of the School of Computing and Information Sciences and also help to promote economic development in our region. Similarly, joint activities with government agencies such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in topics such as massively parallel computation provides opportunities for faculty and graduate student research as well as an opportunity for the School to provide a valuable service toward the solution of problems important to the entire world.
To provide technical expertise to the entire University community so as to help with the integration of computers throughout all aspects of the University. The University of the future will have a distributed computer network at its center, linking and supporting a wide range of instructional, research and administrative activities. The School of Computing and Information Sciences, by virtue of having knowledge and expertise concerning both computer technology and also educational needs, has a special role to play in leading the development of such a University-wide integrated computer network and in deciding on how it is to be used. Working in cooperation with University Academic Computing Services and with other academic units, the School of Computing and Information Sciences should help lead the University in utilizing this technology in all phases of its educational mission.