Accreditation & Outcomes

View information and student outcomes pertaining to accreditation.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. This is a required professional accreditation for our computer science program and signifies that the program has met standards essential to producing graduates who are ready to enter the field of computing.

As outlined in the university’s assessment plan, available from the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, all academic departments at the University of South Dakota are responsible for the development and evaluation of department strategic goals and program student learning outcomes. The results of departmental assessment are reported annually and are subsequently evaluated by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment.

Program Educational Objectives

Our computer science program will prepare graduates to do the following for a minimum of 2-5 years after graduating:

  • Demonstrate progressive technical competency for a computing career or advanced studies (Technical Competency).
  • Exhibit effective communication skills including the abilities to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly and work effectively with others (Communication Competency).
  • Integrate computational principles with social, business and ethical issues in modern society in the process of decision making (Responsibility Awareness).
  • Engage professionally in serving the needs of business, industry, government or academic organizations and in developing leadership skills (Managerial Competency).
  • Grow professionally through steps such as continuing education, professional certifications and participation in professional organizations (Lifelong Learning Competency).

Student Outcomes (ABET)

In support of the program educational objectives, our curriculum is designed to enable students to attain the following outcomes:

a.)  An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.

b.)  An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

c.)  An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs.

d.)  An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

e.)  An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

f.)  An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

g.)  An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.

h.) Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.

i.) An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice.

j.) An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-offs involved in design choices.

k.)  An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.