Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

 

School of Engineering & Computational Sciences

Administration

David Donahoo, B.S., M.S.
Dean, School of Engineering & Computational Sciences
Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Carl Pettiford, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering

Jerry Westfall, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Computational Sciences
Professor of Computational Sciences


Program Directors

A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


Faculty

 All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=27 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
The School of Engineering and Computational Sciences functions with the purpose of teaching Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills critical for impacting computing and technology-related disciplines in tomorrow’s world. Enhanced in the fall of 2007, the School has the long-term vision of creating and maintaining nationally recognized technology-related degrees, centers, institutes, and initiatives in education, research, training, and missions so that our Christ-centered graduates can have the greatest impact on tomorrow’s world.

The School offers six degrees and two minors that provide students with the skills, knowledge, and understanding of information technology necessary for impacting tomorrow’s socio-technological culture.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
The Bachelor of Science degree programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering have received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science has received accreditation from the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

ABET is the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences can be accessed online at: http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Engineering Programs

Certain degrees within the School of Engineering require specific technical electives be completed as part of the degree.  The intent of the technical electives is to enhance (i.e. deepen and/or broaden) the scientific, mathematical, technological, or engineering knowledge or experience of the student in his or her career potential and development.

ENGINEERING PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of 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 a 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;
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. An ability to communicate effectively;
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Computer Engineering Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The computer engineering degree is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to positively influence computer and electrical engineering-related industries in the current and evolving economy.  The program prepares graduates for the thoughtful integration of work and life and to view the computer engineering profession as a lifelong commitment to serving others. 

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Our goal is, within a few years of graduating, our Computer Engineering students will be able to:

  1. Advance in an engineering career or graduate studies.
  2. Be recognized as a creative thinkers; exhibiting an aptitude for continuous learning.
  3. Display professional ethics and behavior consistent with foundational Christian principles.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (B.S.)


Electrical Engineering Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The electrical engineering degree is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to positively influence electrical engineering-related industries in the current and evolving economy.  The program prepares graduates for the thoughtful integration of work and life and to view the electrical engineering profession as a lifelong commitment to serving others.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Our goal is, within a few years of graduating, our Electrical Engineering students will be able to:

  1. Advance in an engineering career or graduate studies.
  2. Be recognized as a creative thinkers; exhibiting an aptitude for continuous learning.
  3. Display professional ethics and behavior consistent with foundational Christian principles.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.)


Industrial and Systems Engineering Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The industrial and systems engineering degree is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to positively influence an industrial setting of complex, integrated systems.  The program prepares graduates for the thoughtful integration of work and life and to view the industrial engineering profession as a lifelong commitment to serving others.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Our goal is, within a few years of graduating, our Industrial and Systems Engineering students will be able to:

  1. Advance in an engineering career or graduate studies.
  2. Be recognized as a creative thinkers; exhibiting an aptitude for continuous learning.
  3. Display professional ethics and behavior consistent with foundational Christian principles.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering (B.S.)


Mechanical Engineering Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The mechanical engineering degree is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to positively influence mechanical engineering-related industries in the current and evolving economy.  The program prepares graduates for the thoughtful integration of work and life and to view the mechanical engineering profession as a lifelong commitment to serving others. 

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
Our goal is, within a few years of graduating, our Mechanical Engineering students will be able to:

  1. Advance in an engineering career or graduate studies.
  2. Be recognized as a creative thinkers; exhibiting an aptitude for continuous learning.
  3. Display professional ethics and behavior consistent with foundational Christian principles.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)


Computational Science Programs

PURPOSE
In general, the computational science programs [i.e., Computer Science (CS)] are designed to prepare our students to enter the professional workforce with the knowledge and skills to impact computing and technology-related disciplines in tomorrow’s world.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  6. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  7. Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  8. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  9. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  10. 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.
  11. Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

Computer Science Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The Computer Science (CS) major is offered by the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences with the purpose of developing Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact computing-related disciplines in tomorrow’s world.

Students are exposed to the computer science core body of knowledge from a Christian worldview. Equipped with a firm foundation in algorithms and problem solving, they learn to analyze problems and design, implement, and test software solutions. Students also develop a strong background in mathematics to cultivate their reasoning abilities. Faculty help students prepare for a lifetime of service while encouraging undergraduate research and effective application of technology from a Christian worldview.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Our goal is, within a few years of graduating, our Computer Science students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the fundamentals principles and practices of computer science necessary for employment and graduate studies.
  2. Apply computer science principles and practices to identify and document requirements, develop designs, as well as implement and validate solutions for computing systems of varying levels of complexity.
  3. Establish a sense of continuous life-long learning and adopting new technologies where appropriate.
  4. Develop skills for working in teams; communicating technical information effectively in both oral and written forms; engaging in creative and critical thinking; gaining and applying business knowledge; building leadership skills.
  5. Display the Christian principles that are the basis for their professional ethics and behavior.

Career Opportunities

Computer Scientists Operations Research
Computer Engineers Systems Analysts
Computer Programmers Teaching in Private Schools & Public Schools
Database Administrators  

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.) - Cyber Security
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.) - General
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science  (B.S.) - Information Security
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.) - Software Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.) - Web & Mobile Programming


MINORS

Computer Science Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Computer Science Minor (Resident)


Information Security Minor

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Information Security Minor is to provide the student with an awareness of the threats to and vulnerabilities of our corporate and national security information systems, as well as develop the skills needed to design, execute, and evaluate information security policies, procedures and practices.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME
The student will be able to design and operate the policies, procedures and practices of an information security system.

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Information Security Minor (Resident)
Information Security Minor (Online)



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