The Catholic University of America


Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEO) of the computer science program are to develop alumni who possess:

  1. The broad knowledge of computer science serving as a foundation for on-going lifelong learning, and have demonstrated some success early in their professional careers and/or in the pursuit of graduate studies;
  2. The creative and critical reasoning skills and are solving technical problems, ethically and responsibly, in service to society;
  3. The mathematical and scientific knowledge and are solving emerging real-world problems related to programming, networking, information security, image analysis, and advanced computing systems, and are demonstrating that they possess the necessary communication, organization and teamwork skills for the execution of complex technological solutions;
  4. The necessary communication skills to bridge the divide between advanced technology and end users in the practice of computer science.

Student Outcomes

Based on our program educational objectives, we expect our graduates to possess the following abilities and properties:

  • SO1: An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • SO2: An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • SO3: An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • SO4: An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • SO5: An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • SO6: An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • SO7: An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  • SO8: Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • SO9: An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • SO10: 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 tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  • SO11: An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The enrollment and graduation data in the Computer Science program during the 2010-2015 period is shown in Figures 1 and 2, respectively.

Figure 1: Total undergraduate enrollment in Computer Science program from 2011 to 2015.

Figure 2: Total number of awarded degrees in Computer Science program from the acdemic year 2010-2011 to 2014-2015