Mission & Goals
The mission of the Department of Computer Science is to provide undergraduate and graduate education that will prepare students to become thoughtful, productive members of the computing profession and community.
Mission for Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is to provide students with an education that will prepare them to develop a career in the fields of computer science or computer forensics.
Mission for Bachelor of Science in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity
The mission of the Bachelor of Science program in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity is to provide students with an education that will prepare them to build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in digital forensics and cybersecurity and develop a career in the related professional fields.
Mission for Masters of Science in Applied Computing
The mission of the Masters of Science in Applied Computing program is to provide students with a professional education that will prepare them to develop a career in advanced computing fields.
- The department will provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education in computer science by enhancing teaching effectiveness, refining curriculum to keep the program current with the rapidly changing computer technology and providing equipment/facilities for students to access and gain practical experience.
- The department will provide effective academic advising to promote student learning and development outcomes and achievement of educational goals.
- The faculty will remain current in the discipline through professional development and scholarly activity and increase opportunities for and number of collaborative faculty/student research projects.
- The department will serve the University, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation through the practice of professional activities and service in the computing field.
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)/Goals
B.S. in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity
FEPAC PEO 1. Our graduates will be productive professionals in the digital forensics and cybersecurity field.
FEPAC PEO 2. Our graduates will develop professionally through continued formal education and/or professional activities.
FEPAC PEO 3. Our graduates will demonstrate leadership skills at work.
FEPAC PEO 4. Our graduates will contribute to community as digital forensic and cybersecurity professionals.
B.S. in Computer Science with Concentration in General Computer Science
ABET PEO 1. Our graduates will be productive professionals in the computing field.
ABET PEO 2. Our graduates will develop professionally through continued formal education and/or professional activities.
ABET PEO 3. Our graduates will demonstrate leadership skills at work.
ABET PEO 4. Our graduates will contribute to community as computing professionals.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
B.S. in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity
SLO 1: Understand programming and computing hardware and software systems
SLO 2: Design, implement and secure a computing network or data system
SLO 3: Set up systems and policies for cybersecurity incident response
SLO 4: Detect, identify and document the security breaches of a computing network or data system
SLO 5: Contain the harm or damage caused by security breach to a computing network or data system, eradicate the intrusion, and recover or restore the system to its original state
SLO 6: Work collaboratively and effectively with team members, law enforcement, and related personnel for cybersecurity incident response or to accomplish a digital forensic investigation
SLO 7: Conduct digital forensic investigations that conform to accepted professional and ethical standards
SLO 8: Apply appropriate laws, regulations and procedures to handle digital evidence in a digital forensic investigation
SLO 9: Identify potential digital evidence, and necessary techniques, skills, and tools needed for preserving and collecting the evidence
SLO 10: Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for digital evidence analysis
SLO 11: Present digital evidence in a professional and legal environment
B.S. in Computer Science
Common Student Outcomes for All Concentrations
Students of Computer Science Department in different concentrations should have the following same student outcomes:
A – An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and 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.
E – An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
Student Outcomes for Bioinformatics Concentration
BI1 – Students with the B.S. Bioinformatics Option will successfully demonstrate the ability to develop applications in support of genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and statistical analysis of experimental data.
BI2 – An ability to communicate effectively with a biological scientist or computer science professional regarding the nature of the data set in question.
Student Outcomes for General Concentration
ABET D – An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
ABET F – An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
ABET G – An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
ABET H – Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
ABET I – An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
ABET 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 tradeoffs involved in design choices.
ABET K – An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
Student Outcomes for Interactive Multimedia Concentration
IM1 – An ability to analyze a problem and define the requirements appropriate to design an interactive multimedia solution.
IM2 – An ability to design, implement, and evaluate algorithms for interactive real-world simulations and multimedia systems.
IM3 – An ability to evaluate and generate multimedia content.
IM4 – An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
IM5 – An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
Student Outcomes for Statistical Computing Concentration
ST1 – An ability to apply knowledge of Statistics to the discipline
Student Outcomes for Technology Concentration
TE1 – Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems in computer hardware and networks.
The Department of Computer Science at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) started its operation on July 3, 2000. However, the Computer Science (CS) program is a mature and well-established program at EKU, it was created in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 1975. By 1999 it was obvious that the program had out grown its setting and it was time for its independence. The new department consists of seven tenured faculty (including the chair), two visiting faculty, one laboratory manager, and one secretary.
The Computer Science program at Eastern Kentucky University prepares the students for their future as Computer Professionals. It was the first Computer Science program in Kentucky to be accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB) (1990.) The students in this program are above average students at EKU. The average ACT composite for students majoring in Computer Science over the last five years is 22.73 compared to a university average of 19.28.
In addition to the regular baccalaureate degree in Computer Science the department offers a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science with option in Technology The majority of the supporting courses for the Computer Science Technology option are Electricity and Electronics Technology (EET) courses offered by the Department of Technology. The department also offers two minors, one in Computer Science and another in Computer Science Teaching.
Another exciting event in the department is the approval of our new Master of Science degree in Applied Computing. This program is an interdisciplinary graduate program with options in Software Engineering, Business Computing, and Industrial Computing, designed for the people in the Eastern Kentucky University's (EKU) service area. The proposed program is tailored to serve both computing professionals working in business/industry sites who seek an advanced degree to improve their job skill, and the computer teachers/lab managers in the secondary schools, community colleges and technical schools within the EKU's service area. Courses in the proposed program will be offered during evenings and on weekends. This provides an educational opportunity for students who are unable to attend daytime classes. Currently, there is no evening program in applied computing in this region.
By far the greatest strength of the department is its faculty. All of the permanent faculty in the department have earned doctorate degrees. Classes are taught by talented, experienced, and caring faculty who believe in individualized attention for their students.