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The Computer and Information Science undergraduate program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Mission Statement


Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Computer Science. The BSE program provides students with an in-depth education in the conceptual foundations of computer science and in complex software and hardware systems.   It allows them to explore the connections between computer science and a variety of other disciplines in engineering and outside. Combined with a strong education in mathematics, sciences, and the liberal arts it prepares students to be leaders in computer science practice, applications to other disciplines, and research.


Program Educational Objectives


New PEOs for the CSCI program at the University of Pennsylvania:

Graduates from the program will:

1. Have demonstrated the ability to successfully apply the analytical, problem solving, design

    and technical skills developed during the course of their education to various tasks and

    challenges that arise in the course of their careers or further studies.

2. Perform successfully in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and be prepared for    

    leadership roles.

3. Demonstrate effective communication skills, and have an appreciation for non-technical


4. Have developed the ethical sensibilities and global perspective that allow them to appreciate 

    how the decisions they make impact their community and society at large.

Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes refer to skills that various courses in the program impart to the students.  These are listed in the table below.

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


The table below shows how student outcomes are mapped to the courses in the BSE CSCI curriculum:

                                                      Course Matrix


Student Enrollments and Graduates

Enrollment (Fall 2013): 321

Graduates (Jan-Dec 2013): 54

To see a list of all accredited undergraduate program enrollments and graduates, click here.



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