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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, Department of


Department Chair

Shawn X. Wang

Department Office/Website

Computer Science 522


Susamma Barua, Ning Chen, James Choi, Bin Cong, Mikhail Gofman, Floyd Holliday, Chang-Hyun Jo, Mariko Molodowitch, Christopher Ryu, Michael Shafae, Yun Tian, Abhishek Verma, Shawn Wang, Kevin Wortman


The undergraduate computer science program at Cal State Fullerton offers students a comprehensive foundation that will permit them to adapt to new technologies and new ideas. The program spans a wide range, from its theoretical and algorithmic foundations to cutting-edge developments in bioinformatics, communications systems, computer security, databases, digital game design, intelligent systems, software engineering, and other exciting areas.

The program provides students with a comprehensive background to take on varied categories of work. They are offered the necessary theories, principles and practices to design and implement software that permits them to take on challenging programming jobs. They have the opportunity to become well-equipped to devise new ways to use computers. The theoretical foundations available in the program provide the background to help develop effective ways to solve computing problems. This background allows students to determine the best possible ways to store information in databases, send data over networks, and display complex images.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following learning goals and student learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Computer Science:

Program Educational Objectives (PEO)

The Computer Science program has established the following Program Educational Objectives (PEO):

  1. Technical Growth - Graduates will be successful in foundational and modern computing practices, integrate into the local and global workforce, promote growth and prosperity of the regional economy in the state and national level, and have passion for the profession and its growth
  2. Professional Skills - Graduates will continue to demonstrate the professional skills and communicative abilities necessary to be competent employees, assume leadership roles, and have career success and satisfaction
  3. Professional Attitude and Citizenship - Graduates will become productive members of society with high ethical and professional standards, who make sound technical or managerial decisions

Student Outcomes (SO)

Upon completion of the degree program, graduates of the Computer Science program must demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  3. An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice
  10. 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 demonstrate comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ScienceMaster of ScienceNon-Degree