Karen Aucoin, Head
Faculty: Alcock, Andrus, Bender, Carnes, Doucette, Edwards, Ford, Gorton, Griffith, Guidroz, Jin, Kussmann, McDaniel, Mead, Menon, Muffuletto, Ornas, Spruel, C. Stewart, Yellott
The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics (DMCS) supports the objectives of McNeese State University by offering quality programs of study in the computer and mathematical sciences for degree and non-degree students. These programs include college-level courses for majors as well as college-level courses for non-majors, and special courses by means of which professionals may update their knowledge in various areas of the computer and mathematical sciences. The department seeks to promote and encourage scholarly activities and service from all DMCS faculty.
The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics offers two undergraduate curricula: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with General and Applied Concentrations, Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences with concentrations in Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematics Education, and Mathematical Physics. A double major is offered in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences. With additional coursework, students may obtain more than one concentration.
Service courses in the mathematical and computer sciences are offered to meet the special needs of students who do their major work in other departments of the University.
Students majoring in Mathematical Sciences or Computer Science receive the basic preparation for work in business and industry, as well as undergraduate prerequisites for work on advanced degrees. The curricula also provide experiences in liberal arts.
Information concerning graduate work in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics can be found in the Graduate School section of this catalog.
The General Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree is accredited by CAC (Computing Accreditation Commission) of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410)-347-7700.
A student in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics must meet all graduation requirements listed in the section entitled “Graduation Requirements” in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. In addition, all course work in Mathematics, Computing Science, or Statistics that the student applies toward a degree must be accomplished with a minimum grade of “C”. Each student is also required to complete a capstone experience which includes taking a departmental test in the major area. A student majoring in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Mathematics Education is responsible for all requirements pertaining to Teacher Education Preparation.
Mathematics Placement Tests
Tests in mathematics are given to place students in the proper mathematics sequence. These tests may not be retaken for placement or credit.
CO-OP and Intern Programs with Industry
Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics students who enroll in MATH 399 or CSCI 399 or STAT 399 for 3 hours, working full-time in a co-op program, and making progress towards a computer science or mathematics degree are considered full-time students in the fall or spring semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for Citizenship and Immigration Services reporting. Co-op and intern students are selected by industry based on grades, experience, and interviews. A co-op or intern position cannot be guaranteed to any applicant.
Program Objectives and Outcomes for the Computer Science Program
Computer Science Program Objectives
The educational objectives for the Computer Science undergraduate program are to produce graduates who will:
- Become productive, responsible computing science professionals capable of conducting research and/or designing, developing, or maintaining projects in the various areas of computer science.
- Understand and apply ethical issues and social aspects of computing science in performing their duties as computer science professionals.
- Continue learning of new technologies in thet computer science area through self-directed professional development or post graduate education.
Computer Science Program Outcomes
At the time of completion of the computer science program at McNeese State University, a student will possess all of the following:
- an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the dsicipline;
- an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
- an ability to desgin, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs;
- an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
- an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues, and responsibilities;
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing individuals, organizations, and society;
- recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
- an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice;
- 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;
- an ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics offers minors in Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics. Requirements are listed in each program.
The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences. The student may concentrate in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Statistics.