The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Program is for students whose primary interest is in software development. Students learn to build software for complex systems, and familiarize themselves with the latest software development trends. Bowie State University has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. This means that students have an option to choose their elective courses in Cybersecurity, thereby earning a Certificate of Completion stating that all mandatory knowledge unit requirements have been satisfied in Cyber Defense Education.
Program Educational Objectives
The Bachelor’s Degree recipients of the Computer Science Program
1. Apply theoretical principles, practical tools, and techniques in computing to solve real-world problems to facilitate successful careers in computer science and related fields.
2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and professionally, individually and in team environments, with colleagues and clients of varying backgrounds.
3. Demonstrate an ability to improve and expand career skills through graduate studies, continuing self-directed learning, and professional development.
Upon completion of at least 54 credits of required and elective courses in Computer Science, 14 credits of required courses in Mathematics, 8 credits of required Science courses, and additional University requirements, a student will be awarded the B.S. degree in Computer Science. Elective courses give students the opportunity to investigate topical areas of special interest. Cooperative education programs are also available to our students. The total number of credits required for an undergraduate degree in Computer Science is 120.
Graduates of the Computer Science Program will, by the time of graduation, have the ability to:
1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
Second Degree: Bachelor Of Science In Computer Science
(For holders of a bachelor’s degree in other fields)
A person who wishes to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and already holds a Bachelor’s degree in another field is permitted to count toward the new degree any completed courses that can be used to satisfy requirements such as general education. Any person interested in this opportunity should make an appointment with a computer science advisor to discuss his/her case in detail.