Degree Programs

The department offers 2 degrees and a minor. An overview of each program is shown below. More detailed information is available on the Advising Information page.

BS Computer Science

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program at the Valdosta State University is accredited by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. For more information on ABET visit www.abet.org.

ABET Accreditation

The mission of the Computer Science program is:

To educate our students for successful careers in computing or pursuing graduate studies, through a deep understanding of the foundations of computer science, technical expertise, teamwork, and leadership for the benefit of the community, region, and society.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEO’s) for the Computer Science program are shown below. PEO's are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The Program Educational Objectives form the framework for the curriculum for the Computer Science program at VSU as well as support the mission of the department, college, and university.

  1. Graduates will distinguish themselves in breadth of perspective and the ability to solve complex problems.

  2. Graduates will work effectively in groups that include other computer scientists, and stakeholders from other disciplines, effectively communicating with their peers, customers, supervisors, and others through both written and oral means.

  3. Graduates will know how to teach themselves new concepts and technologies, remaining current in their field through the pursuit of life-long learning.

The CS Program provides students with a major focus in computer science, a broad-based general education, and a strong foundation in mathematics. The CS Program, like the CIS Program focuses on problem solving, analysis, design, and implementation of software systems. Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and 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 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.

A degree in CS can lead to many different kinds of jobs dealing with computers and with people: computer programmer, software engineers, software architect, help-desk, networking specialist, computer-system manager, consultant, database analyst, computer training specialist, and others are all possible careers. It also prepares students for graduate work in CS or CIS.

See the Advising Information for a sample program which shows how the degree requirements could be distributed over four years, a detailed checklist, and a degree tree that shows the required computer science and math courses and their prerequisites.

CS Program Enrollment and Degree Data

(as of May 2021)

 

 

 

Enrollment Year 

 

 

Academic Year 

Total Enrollment 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

Bachelors 

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 

241 

98 

54 

42 

23 

11 

13 

FT 

158 

69 

35 

27 

15 

7 

 

PT 

83 

29 

19 

15 

8 

4 

 

Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 

219 

77 

50 

38 

27 

17 

39 

FT 

167 

57 

40 

32 

20 

14 

 

PT 

52 

20 

10 

6 

7 

3 

 

Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 

246 

98 

58 

36 

31 

8 

19 

FT 

193 

82 

46 

29 

22 

6 

 

PT 

53 

16 

12 

7 

9 

2 

 

Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 

217 

79 

52 

40 

14 

19 

23 

FT 

164 

61 

45 

30 

9 

13 

 

PT 

53 

18 

7 

10 

5 

6 

 

Fall 2016 - Summer 2017 

220 

86 

49 

26 

28 

16 

27 

FT 

166 

61 

39 

24 

22 

13 

 

PT 

54 

25 

10 

2 

6 

3 

 

Fall 2015 - Summer 2016 

214 

73 

40 

40 

30 

19 

21 

FT 

159 

59 

34 

32 

20 

10 

 

PT 

55 

14 

6 

8 

10 

9 

 

Fall 2014 - Summer 2015 

217 

59 

63 

39 

25 

19 

21 

FT 

167 

52 

53 

28 

19 

8 

 

PT 

50 

7 

10 

11 

6 

11 

 

Fall 2013 - Summer 2014 

226 

86 

64 

29 

28 

8 

14 

FT 

182 

76 

48 

28 

17 

6 

 

PT 

44 

10 

16 

1 

11 

2 

 

Fall 2012 - Summer 2013 

189 

80 

47 

30 

14 

10 

10 

FT 

151 

70 

41 

20 

10 

8 

 

PT 

38 

10 

6 

10 

4 

2 

 

Fall 2011 - Summer 2012 

161 

63 

42 

21 

16 

10 

12 

FT 

123 

52 

28 

19 

13 

7 

 

PT 

38 

11 

14 

2 

3 

3 

 

CS Industrial Advisory Board (2021)

Keith Atkinson (Robins Air Force Base), Matt Cliatt (Google), Alex Cook (GetWellNetwork), James Ferrier (Azalea Health), Dan Henry (Independent), Mark Lindsey (ECG), Kevin Overlaur (VSU IT), Taylor Picard (Loyal Health), Chelsea Youmans (MailChimp), Jem Young (Netflix), Jonathan Chauncey (Microsoft), Darren McCall (West), Josh Phillips (SevenFifty), Pato Vargas (CSX) and Jam Jenkins

CS Industrial Advisory Board (2018)

Jonathan Chauncey (Microsoft), Brian Haugabrook (VSU IT), Dan Henry (Azalea Health), Mark Lindsey (ECG), Darren McCall (West), Josh Phillips (PhishMe), Taylor Picard (PCA), James Puckett (ECG), Ryan Williams (Nexxtep), Chelsea Youmans (MailChimp), Matt Cliatt (Google), Jem Young (Netflix), James Jenkins

CS Industrial Advisory Board (2014)

Brian Haugabrook (Valdosta State University), Dan Henry (Azalea Health), Lin McMichen  (ClientTell Inc), Mark Lindsey (ECG), Ryan Williams (Nexxtep Technology Services, Inc.)

BS Computer Information Systems

The CIS Program, like the CS Program focuses on problem solving, analysis, design, and implementation of software systems. However, the CIS curriculum has a strong business component with courses in Accounting, Economics, and Management. Also, the CIS program offers breadth of knowledge by requiring courses in software engineering, database, and networking. A second course in one these areas is required as well as an option to take a third course.

The difference between the CS and CIS degrees can be described as follows: CS requires more and more advanced math and science classes while the CIS degree requires 6 courses from the College of Business. In terms of CS classes, there is very little difference between CS and CIS, essentially only CS 3520 (Algorithms), CS 4500 ( Formal Languages and Automata Theory), and CS 4900 (Senior Seminar) which are required by the CS degree but not CIS. Essentially, 13 of the 14 required CS courses for the CIS degree are the same as those required for the CS degree. For more see the Differences between CS and CIS.

A degree in CIS, like CS can lead to many different kinds of jobs dealing with computers and with people: computer programmer, software engineer, software architect, help-desk support specialist, networking specialist, computer-system manager, consultant, database analyst, computer training specialist, and others are all possible careers.

See the Advising Information for a sample program which shows how the degree requirements could be distributed over four years, a detailed checklist, and a degree tree that shows the required computer science and math courses and their prerequisites.

This program provides students with a major in mathematics within the framework of a broad-based general education. The "traditional" mathematics degree, it is intended primarily as preparation for the study of mathematics at the graduate level.

See the Advising Information for a sample program which shows how the degree requirements could be distributed over four years, a detailed checklist, and a degree tree that shows the required math courses and their prerequisites.

Minor in Computer Science

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department offers a minor in Computer Science which requires 17 hours of course work.

These courses are required: CS 1301, CS 1302, CS 3101, CS 3410, and one additional course (3 credits) at the 3000 level or above.

See the Advising Information for a detailed checklist