ABET Accreditation

The B.S. program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABEThttp://www.abet.org


Enrollment and Graduating Students

Undergraduate Program Enrollment (Fall 2020): 508 Students
Degrees Awarded (2019-2020 Academic Year): 76 Graduates

Undergraduate Program Enrollment (Fall 2019): 429 Students
Degrees Awarded (2018-2019 Academic Year): 80 Graduates

Undergraduate Program Enrollment (Fall 2018): 424 Students
Degrees Awarded (2017-2018 Academic Year): 65 Graduates

Undergraduate Program Enrollment (Fall 2017): 357 Students
Degrees Awarded (2016-2017 Academic Year): 68 Graduates

Program Educational Objectives

In order to provide a quality undergraduate degree, the computer science program at VCU has three overarching objectives:

  1. Technical competency
    Graduates will apply their technical knowledge and skills to develop and Implement computer solutions that accomplish goals important to the industry, government or research area in which they are working. They will explore and integrate new technologies.

  2. Interpersonal skills
    Graduates will communicate with both technical (including supervisors, subordinates and coworkers) and non-technical people from multiple domains and work as part of teams.

  3. Professional awareness
    They will continue to grow intellectually and professionally in their chosen field.

These objectives have been chosen in order to meet the needs of our constituents: our students, employers and graduate schools. These are the traits that graduates of the program are expected to accomplish during the first few years following graduation in order for them to succeed in either a career or graduate studies. They are also the traits that employers and graduate schools look for when evaluating computer science graduates.

These objectives are reviewed every other year by our students and our Advisory Board. Based on feedback from these constituents, changes are made to the objectives.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Department of Computer Science has identified eleven learning outcomes that are periodically measured.

Within five years of completion of the program, graduates will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

The implementation of these desired outcomes is accomplished through the students’ four-year immersion in the curriculum. The Computer Science Program at VCU supports these learning outcomes by offering a complete curriculum of computer science courses. These educational experiences prepare the student for a lifetime of growth in a computer science career.