Numerous career and graduate school opportunities exist for students who have completed a major in the area of computing, whether it be in computer science or information systems. The opportunities available span many industries and disciplines, making a computer science or information systems major quite valuable, whether alone or in combination with majors or minors from other disciplines at Doane.
The computing program at Doane includes experiences both inside and outside the classroom to provide students with a clear understanding of computing concepts; the confidence and skills to work with existing and emerging information technology; the confidence and skills to efficiently research and learn an unknown topic or solve an unknown problem; and the confidence and skills to effectively communicate, including writing, speaking, reading, and listening.
As there are many areas of interest in the computing field, reflected by the electives available at Doane, students are strongly encouraged to work with an computing faculty member in developing a course of study most beneficial to each individual student’s interests. Students planning to seek a major in computer science, a major in information systems, a teaching endorsement in computer science, a minor in computer studies, or those who would like to explore any of these options, should contact a member of the computing faculty as early as possible.
In line with the mission of Doane University, it is the mission of the Department of Computing to provide students pursuing an undergraduate major, minor, or certificate offered by the department with computing knowledge and skills that prepare each individual for successful future endeavors in and out of the workplace.
The Department of Computing offers students at Doane University an innovative and thorough major along with corresponding emphases, minors and certificates in software engineering, and information technology and security, with experience both inside and outside the classroom. The acquisition, application and synthesis of applied knowledge and skills is promoted. An independent and critical thought process is stimulated that helps students develop self-confidence and leadership skills.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge of computing: a clear understanding of computing concepts and processes with an emphasis in software engineering or information technology and security, their relationships to each other, and their relationships to existing and emerging computing technologies.
- Hands-on computing skills: the confidence and skills to independently learn and apply existing and emerging computing technologies and processes including industry entry- level skills either software engineering or information technology and security.
- Independent learning and problem-solving skills: the confidence and skills to solve an unknown problem and to efficiently research, learn, and creatively apply an unknown topic or skill to novel problem-solving situations.
- Professional behavior: the confidence and skills to thrive as productive citizens in the digital age, consistently
- practicing effective communications skills,
- incorporating ethical reasoning in the decision-making process,
- utilizing best practices in security, and
- engaging in professional and career development.