Computer Science Major

The computer science major and minor provide the opportunity to explore the theoretical and scientific aspects of computing. The program provides preparation both for employment and for graduate programs in computing. Computer science is mathematically rigorous and spans the range from theory through programming to cutting-edge development of computing solutions. The computer science major, or degree program, is broad, rigorous and structured in a way that supports in-depth and systematic study of algorithmic processes—their theory, analysis, design, efficiency, implementation and application. It trains students to think creatively and logically to solve large and complex problems and to communicate with clarity and precision. It sets the stage for graduate study or immediate employment in a wide variety of careers in scientific research, industry, business and government and is an attractive major for the incoming freshman and also for the continuing student who is considering a new field of study. It is the ideal major for the student who is passionate about developing the ability to:

  • Find elegant solutions to problems and puzzles;
  • Use mathematical analysis and logical rigor to evaluate such solutions;
  • Model complex problems through the use of abstractions, attention to details and hidden assumptions;
  • Recognize variants of the same problem in different settings;
  • Re-target known efficient solutions to problems in new settings;
  • Adapt to new technologies and new ideas; and
  • Devise new and better ways of using computers to address particular challenges.

The computer science minor introduces the concepts of data organization and software construction and gives the student a basis to continue further study. The minor is a good partner for any of the majors offered in the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering as well as several majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Program Educational Objectives
The CCT expects that its computer science graduates will, within a few years of graduation:

  1. Have professional careers in industry or academia or advance in graduate studies
  2. Apply knowledge and skills to solve problems effectively and efficiently, contributing to the technical advancement of the discipline
  3. Conduct themselves with integrity and incorporate proper ethical considerations in their work
  4. Continue to seek knowledge to thrive in an increasingly globalized society
  5. Effectively lead, work and communicate in cross functional teams
  6. Serve their communities, whether locally, nationally, or globally

Student Outcomes
The eleven student outcomes (SOs) for the Computer Science program in the CCT at Lipscomb University are listed below. They encompass all of the ABET CAC Criterion 3 outcomes. We have adopted the Computing Criteria definition of outcomes as narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know or be able to do by the time of graduation from our program. CS graduates will have:

a. Ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.

b. Ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

c. Ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs

d. Ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal

e. Understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

f. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

g. Ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society

h. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

i. Ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice

j. 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

k. Ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

The above student outcomes map directly to outcomes (a) – (k) recommended by ABET for computer science programs. The program curriculum is organized around the student outcomes. While in the Computer Science program, students are exposed to material related to each student outcome generally more than once.

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data
As of spring 2016, the Computer Science program has an enrollment of thirty-seven (37) students distributed as follows:

  • Freshman:                 10
  • Sophomore:               15
  • Junior:                         6
  • Senior:                         8

Graduation Data
Although computer science has been taught at Lipscomb University since the late 1970’s, the program underwent a significant revamp and overhaul during the 2011 – 2012 academic year. Since December 2012, the program has produced seventeen (17) graduates as follows:

  • December 15, 2012                3
  • May 4, 2013                            4
  • December 13, 2013                1
  • May 3, 2014                            5
  • December 13, 2014                1
  • May 2, 2015                            2
  • December 19, 2015                1
  • May 5, 2016                            2
  • December 16, 2016                3
  • May 5, 2017                            1

B.S. degree program with embedded math minor, total hours 131-134

General Education courses required — 38 hours Hours
EC 2413 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BI 4213 Biblical Ethics 3
Mathematics and physical science requirements satisfied by the major


Specific courses required — 84-86 hours Hours
CS 1122 Introduction to Computer Science 2
CS 1213 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
CS 1233 Object-Oriented System Design and Programming 3
CS 2223 Mathematical Structures for Computer Science 3
CS 2233 Data Structures and Algorithms  3
CS 2243 Database Management Systems 3
CS 2252 Competition Programming  2
CS 2323 Computer Organization 3
CS 3233 Computer Graphics 3
CS 3433 Numerical Methods 3
CS 3523 Operating Systems 3
CS 3623 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 3
CS 3713 Comparative Programming Languages 3
CS 4053 Senior Seminar in Computer Science 3
CS 4223 Compiler Construction 3
CS 4413 Fundamentals of Automata and Formal Language Theory 3
CS 4453 Artificial Intelligence 3
CCT 395V* Internship 1-3
SEC 3113 Fundamentals of Information Security 3
IT 2223 Web Application Development I 3
IT 3313 Network Principles 3
MA 1314 Calculus I 4
MA 2314 Calculus II 4
MA 3123 Mathematical Theory of Statistics 3
MA 3213 Linear Algebra 3
PH 2414 General Physics I (with lab) 4
PH 2424 General Physics II (with lab) 4
SENG 3223 Principles of Software Engineering 3

Concentration Areas (choose one concentration area) — 9-10 hours

Computer Networking Hours
IT 3323 Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems 3
IT 4323 Modern Telecommunications 3
SEC 3323 Cryptography 3
Computer Systems Hours
CS 3333 Mobile and Distributed Computing Systems 3
EECE 3813 Digital Computer Design I 3
EECE 4254 Microprocessors 4
Computer Theory Hours
CS 4423 Computability and Complexity Theory 3
CS 4433 Algorithmic Graph Theory 3
CS 4443 Database Theory and Applications 3
Database Security Hours
SEC 3313 Introduction to Policy and Procedures 3
SEC 3323 Cryptography 3
SEC 4313 Database Security 3
Database Systems and Security Hours
CS  4443 Database Theory and Applications 3
SEC 3323 Cryptography 3
SEC 4313 Database Security 3
Game Development Hours
GD 3253 Game Development I 3
GD 3263 Game Development II 3
GD 3273 Collaborative Serious Games Development 3
Mobile Development Hours
CS 3243 Mobile Device Programming 3
CS 3333 Mobile and Distributed Computing Systems 3
CS 4013 Future Mobile and Social Computing Systems 3
Network Security Hours
SEC 3323 Cryptography 3
SEC 4323 Network Security 3
IT 3323 Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems 3
Software Engineering Hours
SENG 4113 Software Architecture and Design 3
SENG 4123 Software Testing and Verification 3
SENG 4323 Agile Software Development 3

Note: A pure mathematics minor is automatically satisfied by the computer science major.
*CCI 395V has variable credit (1-3 hours)