Program Objectives

Program Objectives for the Computer Science Degree

The primary goal of the degree program in Computer Science is to provide students the foundations for future work and careers in computation-based problem solving. These foundations support both a successful career path in computing as well as provide appropriate qualifications for further degree work in computation related disciplines. Our degree emphasizes development of analytical skills, acquisition of knowledge and understanding of systems, languages and tools required for effective computation-based problem solving. Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Our core courses offer a broad base so that students who end their studies with the bachelor’s degree can continue to acquire new skills and advance in an always-evolving professional workplace. Our core courses also strive to cultivate the sophistication and insights needed for further study at the graduate level. We accomplish these goals by placing our computer science program in the context of the core curriculum requirements of the University of New Mexico, by requiring a minor degree outside of computer science and by insisting on a strong overall grade point average.

The following objectives are to be met by students obtaining a degree in Computer Science. Students, upon graduation will:

  1. Possess practical and theoretical knowledge of computer science and software engineering sufficient to earn a living and contribute to the economic development of the region, state and nation.
  2. Be prepared for advanced education in computer science and software engineering.
  3. Understand and respect the professional standards of ethics expected of computer scientists and software engineers and appreciate the social impact of computing.
  4. Recognize the importance of and possess the skills necessary for life-long learning.

Program Outcomes for the Computer Science Department

The following expected Student Outcomes apply to the department Objectives. Each course is regularly assessed by using an appropriate subset of the Outcomes to determine how well Objectives are supported by the course, and each course is revised if necessary.

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and computing
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate an solve computer related problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively—both orally and in writing
  • An understanding of the field of computing in a global and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life long learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues in computing
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern computing tools necessary for computer science practice.