Department Mission Statement, Objectives & Outcomes

Department of Computer Science Mission Statement

The mission of the Computer Science Department is to provide the highest quality education in computer science; to perform research that advances the state-of-the-art in computer science; to produce graduates that are knowledgeable, articulate, principled, innovative, confident, and able to think critically; to be engaged in local, state, and national issues to the benefit of both the public and private sector; and to maintain a diverse college community.

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years of graduation, graduates of the program will:

  1. Apply scientific and engineering methodologies to the analysis of problems and the design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based solutions.
  2. Utilize their breadth and depth of theoretical computer science and mathematics to adapt to emerging technologies and the ever changing needs of industry or the cutting edge of computer science research.
  3. Exploit their awareness of persistent concepts in computer science to understand and be able to effectively utilize current platforms, tools and industry standards.
  4. Make effective use of oral and written communications in their interactions with clients, colleagues, management and subordinates.
  5. Display competence and efficiency when working on individual or team projects.
  6. Give appropriate consideration to the professional, ethical, legal, security and social impacts of computer technology as it pertains to their current position.
  7. Continue to enhance their technical skills and their development as computing professionals through life-long learning.

Student Outcomes

  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.

Student Enrollment - Fall 2020

Pie chart of Student Enrollment - Fall 2020
  • 48% Computer Science (CS)
  • 9% Cybersecurity
  • 41% CS Pre-Major
  • 0% Cybersecurity Certificate
  • 0% E-Comm Certificate
  • 1% Content Dev. Certificate
  • 0% Web Programming Certificate

Total Number of Students

Undergrad Students = 500

CS Majors = 242

Cybersecurity Majors = 45

CS Pre-majors = 205

Cybersecurity Certificate = 2

E-Comm Certificate = 1

Content Dev. Certificate = 4

Web Programming Certificate = 1

Master’s Students = 36

Degrees Awarded AY 2019-2020

Pie chart of Degrees Awarded AY 2019-2020
  • 69% Computer Science (CS)
  • 11% Cybersecurity
  • 9% CS Minor
  • 1% Cybersecurity Certificate
  • 2% E-Comm Certificate
  • 1% Content Dev. Certificate
  • 8% CS Master's Degree

Number of Degrees & Certificates Awarded

Total Degrees & Certificates = 185

Computer Science (BS) = 128

Cybersecurity (BS) = 21

Computer Science Minors = 17

Cybersecurity Certificate = 1

E-Comm Developer = 3

Content Development = 1

CS Master’s Degree = 14

Demographics AY 2019-2020

Students of Color - 16% of students First Generation Students - 26% of students Female - 17% of students WA Residents - 95% of students