BSc Information and Computer Science

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Program Description

The Information and Computer Science (ICS) degree program prepares students for a broad range of computer opportunities in industry as well as in graduate studies. ICS students choose one or more specialty areas from among these four options: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Management, and Networking. Depending on their chosen specialty area, graduates of Park’s Information and Computer Science degree program are well prepared for these industry positions: Web programmer, applications programmer, information technology (IT) project manager, database analyst, network analyst. The program is an ideal fit for students who enjoy working with technology and wish to study in one of Park’s on-campus or online degree programs.

Mission

Upon completion of the Information and Computer Science degree, graduates should be able to:

  • Apply creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in producing technology solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in use of popular computer technologies, programming languages, and methodologies.
  • Identify appropriate information technologies for a given organizational context and explain how to incorporate such technologies into the given organizational context.
  • Communicate effectively, ethically, and professionally in a team environment.

Program Competencies

  • Apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and use popular computer technologies in producing technology solutions.
  • Communicate effectively, ethically, and professionally in a team environment.
  • ICS/CS and ICS/SE students: Design and implement elegant programs that utilize data structures and operating systems concepts.
  • ICS/NT students: Demonstrate proficiency in use of popular computer networking and security technologies.
  • ICS/DM students: Design and implement elegant data management solutions.

The CIM Department works with Park’s Career Development Center to help place undergraduate information and computer technology students in computer internship positions in Kansas City and beyond. The ICS Department actively encourages students to work in such internship positions and considers internships to be an integral part of the ICS curriculum.

Outstanding Teachers

We make sure our teachers have the right blend of real-world experience and academic experience. The real-world experience pays off in their being able to relate concepts found in books to applications found in industry. The academic experience pays off in their being able to effectively communicate what they know. At some larger universities, research comes first and that can be to the detriment of teaching. On the other hand, here at Park, teaching comes first. The faculty work extremely hard to ensure the best possible computer education.

Preparation for the Real World

Things change fast in the computer world. To keep pace with the changes, we update our programs on a regular basis. We teach current technologies such as Java, C++, VB.NET, and Linux throughout our curricula. In addition, in our web-oriented courses, we teach various Web-based technologies like XHTML, dynamic HTML, JavaScript, JSP, and ASP.NET.

We have a strong tradition of placing students in internship positions. That provides students with an invaluable opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. It also provides students with an opportunity to get their foot in the door for possible future full-time positions.

By staying current with technology and by helping our students get real-world experience, our department is able to consistently produce highly marketable graduates.

Affordable

With all the pluses described above (great teachers, top-notch programs, small class sizes), you'd probably expect high prices. Think again. High quality and affordability go hand-in-hand at Park. For starters, our tuition is low. Couple that with scholarship opportunities and Park is one of the best bargains you'll find anywhere. If you're interested in reducing your costs further, feel free to sign up for Park's work-study program. With the work-study program, you'll be given the opportunity to learn about the computer field while doing computer-related work for the department and we'll pay you for your efforts.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Based Information Systems

Available in KC Area Only

There is no organization, whether it is large or small, that can survive without the support of its data processing department. The number of jobs available in business and government for computer-trained personnel continues to increase. The major specifically prepares the student in the area of data processing, business management, and accounting. The combination of computer and business courses prepares the students for careers in programming, system analysis, and management of computer systems.

Program Competencies:

  • Apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and use popular computer technologies in producing technology solutions.
  • Communicate effectively, ethically, and professionally in a team environment.
  • Identify appropriate information technologies for a given organizational context and explain how to incorporate such technologies into the given organizational context.
Last updated October 2017

About the School

Park University was founded in 1875, and is a four-year, private, nonprofit, coeducational, liberal arts institution with degree programs that are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a ... Read More

Park University was founded in 1875, and is a four-year, private, nonprofit, coeducational, liberal arts institution with degree programs that are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Read less
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