Prospective Students - [ Undergraduate Studies - What is Computer Science? ]

Computer Science is the study of principles, applications, and technologies of computing and computers. It involves the study of data and data structures and the algorithms to process these structures; of principles of computer architecture-both hardware and software; of problem-solving and design methodologies; of computer-related topics such as numerical analysis, operations research, and artificial intelligence; and of language design, structure, and translation technique. Computer Science provides a foundation of knowledge for students with career objectives in a wide range of computing and computer-related professions.

Computer Science graduates begin careers as computer programmers, system analysts, programmer/analysts, software engineers, system programmers, computer system engineers, and in a number of other computer-related jobs. The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Several double-major programs are also available. A minor in computer science is available to students with major programs of study in other fields at the University. The department also offers study leading to the Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy Degree.

The Department of Computer Science is dedicated to maintaining quality programs in undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, and research and to the fruitful interaction between teaching and research. In research, we wish to maintain our emphasis on applications (often pursued with colleagues from other disciplines), and upon the synergistic relationships between theory and applications in which the most meaningful advances often result. The department has identified five specific areas in which we shall seek national prominence: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Security and Forensics, High Performance Computing, Software Engineering, and Visualization and Computer Graphics.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of the department with respect to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science are as follows:

Student Outcomes

The Computer Science program enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:

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Degree Requirements

2005-2006 Degree Requirements and Illustrative Program of Study
2006-2007 Degree Requirements and Illustrative Program of Study
2007-2008 Degree Requirements and Illustrative Program of Study
2008-2009 Degree Requirements and Illustrative Program of Study
2009-2010 Degree Requirements and Illustrative Program of Study
2010-2011 Degree Requirements and Illustrative Program of Study
2015-2016 Degree Requirements and Illustrative Program of Study

International/Intercultural Approved Electives

For further information, view the University's Degrees,Core Requirements,and Credits section of the most recent Bulletin.

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree are specified in the annual Bulletin of Mississippi State University (the catalog). Each year the requirements change slightly, and every few years there are substantial changes in requirements. These changes are, of course, to assure that computer science graduates from Mississippi State University are well-prepared and competitive with graduates from any program in the country.

Students beginning their studies at MSU or at a community college who remain in near continuous enrollment can satisfy the requirements for the B.S. degree by completing the requirements specified in the Bulletin for their freshman year OR they can opt for the requirements specified in any more recent Bulletin. However, students must satisfy ALL requirements of one Bulletin, with any course substitution approved in writing by the student's advisor and the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs.

The degree requirements are presented in the Bulletin in the form of an illustrative program of study showing on order of course enrollments that satisfy the requirements. There are, of course, many others. The requirements from recent Bulletins and a corresponding illustrative program are given above.