Santa Clara University

About Us

Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Computer Engineering Department is to graduate students of competence, conscience, and compassion, who are prepared to excel in the field of computing, whether their objective is to enter the workforce or to continue for advanced studies. Our programs combine the theoretical foundations of computing with the practical engineering knowledge vital to industry, to provide a broad and integrated curriculum. At the graduate level, the department provides advanced and specialized education in computing, offered in formats that meet the needs of both working professionals and full-time students. The Ph.D. program equips students with the ability to advance the state of knowledge in their specialty area. As faculty, we continually strive to contribute to the advancement of the field of computing through our scholarly activities and those of our students.

Program Educational Objectives

B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering
  1. Our graduates will achieve success in their professional endeavors, equipped with the liberal education and technical expertise required for the creative practice or advanced study of computing, will be motivated to communicate and work effectively in diverse personal and professional settings, and will demonstrate an appreciation of lifelong learning through continued personal and professional development.
  2. Our graduates will understand their personal and professional ethical responsibilities, and will observe and promote the highest ethical standards.
  3. Our graduates, equipped with their knowledge of science and engineering, will engage in activities that contribute to the benefit of society.
B.S. in Web Design and Engineering
  1. Our graduates will be able to analyze, design and improve the computational infrastructure of the World Wide Web.
  2. Our graduates develop interactive multimedia content that is appealing, engaging, effective and easy to use.
  3. Our graduates will be guided by an understanding of and sensitivity to, the social, political, ethical and legal relationships between their work and those that it affects.
M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering
  1. Students graduating with the MSCSE should understand a broad level of core theoretical principles in computer engineering that enables them to continually master the evolving tools, techniques, and trends in technology.
  2. Students graduating with the MSCSE should understand the principles in a specific area of concentration and be able to apply the principles to solve related computer engineering problems.
  3. Students graduating with the MSCSE should develop an understanding of the human dimension of their professional work.
M.S. in Software Engineering
  1. Students graduating with the MSSE should understand the theoretical principles that enable them to continually master the evolving tools, techniques, and trends in technology.
  2. Students graduating with the MSSE should understand and be able to work with a broad variety of current models and techniques in software technology in reliably, predictably, and cost-effectively producing software systems.
  3. Students graduating with the MSSE should possess the skills needed to serve as lead designers, chief engineers, and project managers, including comprehension of ethical responsibilities, oral and written communication skills.
Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering
  1. Our Ph.D. students will make a significant contribution to research and development in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering.
  2. Our Ph.D. students will have a thorough understanding of the basics of Computer Science and Engineering.
  3. Our Ph.D. students will enhance the role of faculty as teaching scholars.
  4. Our Ph.D. students will profit from the Jesuit character of the university in the development of the full person.
 

Student Outcomes for the BSCSE Program

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of computing, mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams to accomplish a common goal
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, including legal, security and social issues
  7. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of computer-based engineering solutions on individuals and organizations in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning and continuing professional development
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for computer-based engineering practice
  12. the recognition of the need for, and an ability to participate in, activities demonstrating compassion
  13. an 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
  14. an ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity
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