The mission of LSU's undergraduate computer science program is to provide students with a strong and versatile foundational understanding of computer science through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Students will be able to draw from their skill sets to solve challenging problems and will possess the fundamental understanding required to build upon their knowledge as the field of computer science rapidly grows and evolves. Graduates of the program will be able to use concepts such as abstraction and complexity analysis to find innovative solutions to problems and orchestrate evolutionary change as applied to the development of software systems and emerging applications. 

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the B.S. degree candidate in computer science are:

  • to apply and continuously acquire knowledge, both theoretical and applied, related to core areas of computer science;
  • to solve diverse and unique problems in software design and development processes;
  • to work productively as computer professionals (in traditional careers, graduate school, or academia) by:
  • demonstrating effective use of oral and written communication,
  • working competently as a member of a team unit,
  • adhering to ethical standards in the profession.

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, graduates will possess the ability to: 

  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity
  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline
  • 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 trade-offs involved in design choices
  • Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  • Engage in continuous professional development
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • Communicate effectively to a range of audiences
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, and social issues and responsibilities
  • Analyze the local and global impacts of computing on individuals and organizations