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Computer Science

Computer Science Major

As a student at SBU with a major in computer science, you will take a combination of computer science, mathematics and physics courses preparing you for careers in software engineering or scientific information processing. This degree features a significant focus on science and engineering and will harness your mathematics skills and passion for problem-solving.

During the computer science program, you will get to put your learning into action with hands-on, real-world projects creating software solutions for companies and organizations such as Silver Dollar City, BNSF Railway, Ozarks Food Harvest, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Department of Defense contractors, and the Springfield and Bolivar Chambers of Commerce.

SBU is known as one of the area's leading producers of software engineers and is one of only six evangelical Christian institutions in the nation to have a computer science degree with ABET accreditation. Studying computer information science at SBU will equip you for a lifetime of success.

The Computer Science degree is offered through SBU's Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science

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DEGREE PLAN

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(SBU CIS graduates have achieved 100% job placement within six months of graduation 5 out of the last 6 years.)

SBU students

The sbu advantage

  • SBU CIS graduates have achieved 100% job placement within six months of graduation 5 out of the last 6 years.
  • SBU is home to a dedicated cybersecurity lab.
  • All department faculty have or are pursuing a Ph.D.; together they have more than 100 combined years of teaching and industry experience.
  • Technology leaders and SBU CIS alumni help shape the future direction of the department by serving on the CIS Advisory Board.
  • Graduates from the SBU CIS department typically earn starting salaries ranging from $50,000-$75,000.

Faith Integration

The SBU Department of Computer and Information Sciences is dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian faith and academic discipline. For example, each year at least one senior project is chosen that has an intentional spiritual focus. In the past, these senior projects have benefited companies and organizations such as Global Media Outreach, New Tribes Mission and IMB missionaries in Thailand.

Psalm 15 — The SBU College of Business and Computer Science's Psalm 15 initiative provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the College has identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the College's students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, all students in the College of Business and Computer Science take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.

Careers

SBU CIS Department graduates are currently employed by eight Fortune 100 companies, including:

  • Wal-Mart Information Systems Division
  • Conoco-Phillips
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Google

Other organizations that have employed our computer science graduates include:

  • Bass Pro Corporate Headquarters
  • Cerner Corporation
  • ExxonMobil
  • Intel
  • Lexmark Systems
  • Motorola
  • O'Reilly Automotive Corporate Headquarters
  • State of Missouri Information Technology Services Division

Internships

Nearly all computer science students complete at least one paid internship in software development before graduating SBU! In the summer of 2016, the CIS Department had 36 undergraduate students employed in paid summer internships.

Example of organizations that have provided internships for our students:

  • Research internships at National Labs (Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Brookhaven, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Hanover, Wash.)
  • Accenture
  • Associated Electric Cooperative
  • BNSF
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Garmin
  • Leggett & Platt
  • O'Reilly Automotive Corporate Headquarters

SBU equipped me with the problem solving and analytical skills needed to continue learning and to stay relevant through an entire career in a field that is constantly changing.

Nick Gibson '12, Software Engineer for IBM in Raleigh, N.C.
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CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

COMPETITIVE PROGRAMMING TEAMS

SBU is home to one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams, with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last five years. Additionally, SBU is the 2017 CCSC Mid-South Regional Champion Competitive Programming Team! Use what you're learning in the classroom to compete in various regional and national competitions throughout the year.

PHI BETA LAMBDA (PBL)

SBU’s PBL team, the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), competes nationally in various categories. The team has produced five national champions and 15 top-10 finishes at PBL Nationals in the past 10 years.

ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY (ACM)

Join SBU's chapter of Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest scientific and educational computing society.

Accreditation

The SBU College of Business and Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Computer Science program is accredited by ABET's Computer Accrediting Commission.

SBU's computer science program is the only ABET-accredited program at an evangelical Christian college within a 500-mile radius of Bolivar, and is one of just six evangelical Christian institutions nationwide to receive this accreditation. SBU's CIS Department is the only department at any evangelical Christian institution in the U.S. to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP.

competitive programming

SBU is home to one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the past five years.

  • CCSC Central Plains Regional Champion seven times in past 10 years
  • AITP National Collegiate Conference national top three or higher 13 times in past 10 years
  • Top-20 team in the Mid-Central United States region at the International Collegiate Programming Contest each year since 2005

research lab

SBU CIS students benefit from the CIS Research Lab, a Windows 7 100 base TX Ethernet networked lab housing three parallel processing platforms, including a multi-hundred NVidia system. Lab is primarily used for senior projects, work study and research projects.

scholarships

You will have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded departmental scholarships. Select incoming freshmen receive a CIS department award for their first year.

Taylor Center

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science (COBACS) is housed in the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center. The Taylor Center was expanded and renovated to provide the following benefits for our students:

  • Increased number of dedicated study areas and presentation rooms that can be reserved in advance
  • Keycard access for COBACS majors increases building security while allowing you to access space and equipment after hours to effectively study and work on group projects
  • Unique marker board walls in the presentation rooms, study rooms, open computer lab, and student lounge create in an engaging opportunity to write, draw, or design on the walls as you study and learn

Program Objectives and outcomes

Student outcomeS

Graduates of the computer science program will have an ability to:

  • Analyze a complex computing program and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions

Educational objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Southwest Baptist University will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with their peers, clients, supervisors and other professional work constituents using both written and oral communication
  • Understand how to make rational decisions when faced with social, ethical and legal issues inherent to the computing field
  • Apply the theoretical framework in the computer and information sciences to the analysis, design and implementation of problem solutions and systems
  • Employ the use of computing technology from a Christian perspective as technological servant leaders within their chosen careers
  • Pursue advanced degrees, continued professional development, and research

Enrollment and Graduation data for Computer Science Degree

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Number of students enrolled 50 53 25 39 52
Number of students graduated 10 12 10 7  

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
 MAT 1195 Calculus I 5
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

CIS 1163 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
CIS 2213 Systems Analysis & Design 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
MAT 3343 Probability and Statistics 3
  Gen Ed science with lab 4
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 2013 Networks 3
MAT 2255 Calculus II 5
 CIS 3333 Algorithms & Data Structures 3
  Gen Ed or CIS elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

CIS 4433 Numerical Methods 3
MAT 2263 Calculus III 3
PHY 2215 University Physics 5
  Gen Ed or CS elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
CIS 3353 Survey of Programming Languages & Artificial Intelligence 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
  Gen Ed or CS elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Free elective 1
Total hours 16
 

Senior

Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
CIS 3413 Machine Organization 3
MAT 3323 Linear Algebra 3
  Gen Ed or CS elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  2000+ Elective from PHY/CHE/BIO/MAT 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
CIS 4423 Operating Systems 3
  Gen Ed or CS elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  2000+ Elective from PHY/CHE/BIO/MAT 3
  Free elective 2
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Computer Science Plan

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
MAT 1195 Calculus I 5
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
MAT 2255 Calculus II 5
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

CIS 1163 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
MAT 2263 Calculus III 3
CIS 2213 Systems Analysis and Design 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement or MAT elective 2
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 2013 Networks 3
CIS 3333 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
MAT 3332 Symbolic Logic and Set Theory 2
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
  Gen Ed science with lab 4
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement or MAT elective 2
Total hours 17
 

Junior

Fall Semester

CIS 4433 Numerical Methods 3
MAT 3323 Linear Algebra 3
MAT 3343 Probability and Statistics 3
PHY 2215 University Physics 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
CIS 3353 Survey of Programming Languages & AI 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req or CS/MAT elective 2
Total hours 17
 

Senior

Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
CIS 3413 Machine Organization 3
MAT 4663 Advanced Calculus 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req or MAT elective 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
CIS 4423 Operating Systems 3
MAT 3313 Abstract Algebra 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
  Gen Ed or CS/MAT elective 3
Total hours 14

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Computer Science and Math Plan