Computer Science Department

Prepare for an evolving field

Computer Science (CS) is the study of computers and computational systems. Computer scientists create systems that are correct, reliable, and efficient.

  • Computing is a broad and rapidly-changing field that connects to and draws from many disciplines, including mathematics, electrical engineering, psychology, statistics, fine arts, linguistics, and physical and life sciences.
  • Computer science students learn to integrate theory and practice, to recognize the importance of abstraction, and to appreciate the value of good engineering design.
  • Coursework must prepare students for lifelong learning and must include professional practice, such as communication skills, teamwork, and ethics. (from ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curricula 2013)

The department currently offers two track options which are the Computer Science-Computer Science (CS-CS) and Computer Science-Software Development (CS-SD).

Computer Science Option

The Computer Science option of the Computer Science degree is focused on the technical aspects of software creation. The CS option incorporates a Math minor which encourages habits of rigor and correctness. This option is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Software Development Option

The Software Development option of the Computer Science degree encourages a broader, multi-talented and multi-disciplinary degree outcome. Students choose any MSU minor as a complement to their CS studies.

We have updated the curriculum of both CS-CS and CS-SD options to the recommendations of CS educational policymakers, represented by the ACM and IEEE professional organizations.

Use your creativity to solve problems

Creativity plays a large part in the computer science profession, especially in the popular fields of computer/video game design, mobile app development and computer forensics.

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