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Computer Science

Computer Science

As a student at SBU with a major in computer science, you will take a combination of computer science, mathematics and physics courses preparing you for careers in software engineering or scientific information processing. 

During the computer science program, you will get to put your learning into action with hands-on, real-world projects creating software solutions for companies and organizations such as Silver Dollar City, BNSF Railway, Ozarks Food Harvest, and the Springfield and Bolivar Chambers of Commerce.

SBU is known as one of the area's leading producers of software engineers and is one of only six evangelical Christian institutions in the nation to have ABET accreditation. Studying computer information science at SBU will equip you for a lifetime of success.

100%
Job
placement
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(2015 graduates from the department of computer and information science achieved a 100% job placement within just one week of graduation.)

SBU students

The sbu advantagE

  • The SBU CIS Department has achieved 100% job placement 12 of the past 14 years.
  • All department faculty have or are pursuing a Ph.D.; together they have more than 90 combined years of teaching experience.
  • Nearly all computer science students complete at least one paid software development internship before graduation.
  • Technology leaders and SBU CIS alumni help shape the future direction of the department by serving on the CIS Advisory Board.

Faith Integration

The SBU Department of Computer and Information Sciences is dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian faith and academic discipline. For example, each year at least one senior project is chosen that has an intentional spiritual focus. In the past, these senior projects have benefited companies and organizations such as Global Media Outreach, New Tribes Mission and IMB missionaries in Thailand.

Psalm 15 — The SBU College of Business and Computer Science's Psalm 15 initiative provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the College has identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the College's students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, all students in the College of Business and Computer Science take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.

Careers

Examples of organizations that have employed our graduates:

  • Boeing
  • ExxonMobil
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Lexmark Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola
  • O'Reilly Corporate Headquarters
  • Sprint

Internships

Example of organizations that have provided internships for our students:

  • Research internships at National Labs (Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Brookhaven, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Hanover, Wash.)
  • Accenture
  • Associated Electric Cooperative
  • BNSF
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Garmin
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Perceptive Software

SBU equipped me with the problem solving and analytical skills needed to continue learning and to stay relevant through an entire career in a field that is constantly changing.

Nick Gibson '12, Software Engineer for IBM in Raleigh, N.C.
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CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

COMPETITIVE PROGRAMMING TEAMS

SBU is home to Missouri's top competitive programming team, with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last five years. Use what you're learning in the classroom to compete in various regional and national competitions throughout the year.

PHI BETA LAMBDA (PBL)

SBU’s PBL team, the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), competes nationally in various categories. 2015 team members placed in the top five at the national level.

ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY (ACM)

Join SBU's chapter of Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest scientific and educational computing society.

Jim Cain

Dr. Jim Cain, Associate Professor
Jeff Kimball

Dr. Jeff Kimball, Assistant Professor
Meilani Conley

Meilani Conley, Instructor
Baochuan Lu

Dr. Baochuan Lu, Associate Professor
Tim DeClue

Dr. Tim DeClue, Department Chair

Accreditation

The SBU College of Business and Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Computer Science program is accredited by ABET's Computer Accrediting Commission.

SBU's computer science program is the only ABET-accredited program at an evangelical Christian college within a 500-mile radius of Bolivar, and is one of just six evangelical Christian institutions nationwide to receive this accreditation. SBU's CIS Department is the only department at any evangelical Christian institution in the U.S. to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP.

competitive programming

SBU is home to Missouri's top competitive programming team with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the past five years.

  • CCSC Central Plains Regional Champion seven times in past 10 years
  • AITP National Collegiate Conference national top three or higher 13 times in past 10 years
  • Top-20 team in the Mid-Central United States region at the International Collegiate Programming Contest each year since 2005

research lab

SBU CIS students benefit from the CIS Research Lab, a Windows 7 100 base TX Ethernet networked lab housing three parallel processing platforms, including a multi-hundred NVidia system. Lab is primarily used for senior projects, work study and research projects.

scholarships

You will have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded departmental scholarships. Select incoming freshmen receive a CIS department award for their first year.

COMPUTER SCIENCE Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req (KIN/SOC/SPF) 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
CIS 1001 Computer Science Seminar 1
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
 MAT 1195 Calculus I 5
  Gen Ed or Grad Req (KIN/SOC/SPF) 2
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

CIS 2233 Machine Organization 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
MAT 2255 Calculus II 5
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req (HPE/SOC/SPF) 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 2213 Systems Analysis and Design 3
MAT 2263 Calculus III 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 4
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

CIS 3333 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
CIS 4433 Adv. Discrete Math & Numerical Methods 3
PHY 2215 University Physics 5
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
  CIS Elective 3
CIS 3353 Survey of Programming Languages & AI 3
MAT 3323 Linear Algebra 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Elective from PHY/CHE/BIO/MAT 2
Total hours 17
 

Senior

Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
MAT 3343 Probability and Statistics 3
  Upper-Level Elective 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Elective from PHY/CHE/BIO/MAT 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
CIS 4443 Networks 3
CIS 4423 Operating Systems 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Upper-level Elective 1
Total hours 15

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Computer Science Plan

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
MAT 1195 Calculus I 5
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
CIS 1001 Computer Science Seminar 1
MAT 2255 Calculus II 5
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
Total hours 17
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

CIS 2233 Machine Organization 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
MAT 2263 Calculus III 3
PHY 2215 University Physics 5
  Gen Ed or Grad Req (KIN/SOC/SPF) 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 2213 Systems Analysis & Design 3
MAT 3313 Abstract Algebra 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement (BIO) 4
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

CIS 3333 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
CIS 4433 Adv. Discrete Math & Numerical Methods 3
MAT 4663 Advanced Calculus 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement (KIN/SOC/SPF)  2
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
  CIS Elective 3
CIS 3353 Survey of Programming Languages & AI 3
MAT 3323 Linear Algebra 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req (KIN/SOC/SPF) 2
MAT 4483 Contemporary Geometry 3
Total hours 17
 

Senior

Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
MAT 3343 Probability and Statistics 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
MAT 3332 Symbolic Logic and Set Theory 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
CIS 4443 Networks 3
CIS 4423 Operating Systems 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Requirement 3
MAT 3353 Integrated Mathematics 3
Total hours 17

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Computer Science and Math Plan