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Academics

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science

This major requires 35 credit hours of core courses and 83 credit hours of courses in computer science and mathematics.

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Why should a student major in Computer Science:

  1. It is interesting and creative! The computer science students will learn how to make the computer work for various projects.
  2. It is a high demanding and high rewarding career field. For example, according to the statistics from U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations;” with a median pay of $90,530 in 2010.(http://www.bls.gov/) This is also proven by our impressive student job placement record.
  3. The curriculum of this program is compatible with the computer sciences programs of the major universities. The graduates of this program are prepared to attend graduate programs in computer science of any university in the United States.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of a BS degree program in Computer Science at Alcorn State University, students will have

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice..
  10. 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..
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.