About the Department
Computer Science and Industrial Technology Department
The Computer Science program prepares students to excel as software developers in the workforce or to successfully complete graduate programs in computing. The Department offers a minor in Computer Science for majors in other fields who desire a basic introduction to software development, and also a minor in Applied Computing for those students who wish to learn to use application software, to administer systems and networks, and to develop basic web pages.
Our mission is to provide a fundamental core that establishes the scientific foundation necessary for life long learning and graduate education, and an appropriate variety of educational and research experiences that provide the skills necessary for careers in the information technology industry, and to sustain our recognized excellence in teaching and service to students and the community.
1. Graduates will be competent professionals, able to:
- Employ a pallet of multiple hardware platforms and software development environments, integrated with the appropriate theoretical constructs, to develop practical solutions to technological problems,
- Deploy those solutions, and
- Provide for their maintenance and administration.
2. Graduates will be able to effectively integrate research methods, appropriate theory, mathematics, and computational technology to analyze and solve problems encountered in the development of technological solutions.
3. Graduates will be able to assimilate new methodologies and advances in computer technology in an ever-evolving discipline.
4. Graduates will be effective in the elicitation of requirements for a software specification, and the written and oral communication of results to technical and non-technical colleagues and clients.
5. Graduates will be able to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues.
6. Graduates will be able to integrate the ethical standards of the profession and
their professional knowledge and skills to contribute to society.
The Industrial Technology program provides students with a broad technical and managerial background. Typically included in this background are a functional knowledge and understanding of materials and production processes; industrial management and human relations; communication skills, the physical sciences, mathematics, and current technical skills that enable graduates to effectively meet technical, managerial, and industrial requirements.
The ROLE of the Industrial Technology degree program is in agreement with that of the University and is parallel to the purposes of the college with which the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology is affiliated. The Departmental role is to prepare individuals for success in Industrial Technology with a specific focus in either automated systems, drafting design, industrial internship, and/or supervision at the baccalaureate level.
The baccalaureate program in Industrial Technology fills the gap between two-year technical training offered by Louisiana Vocational-Technical Schools and specialized, theoretically-oriented engineering curricula available at other universities. The Industrial Technology core is based upon four years of broad-based education in science and technology supported by additional course work in mathematics, business management, humanities, social science, and communications. An important emphasis within the Department is applied laboratory and work experience related to the study of technology. The Industrial Technology graduate is a middle-management professional who possesses a high degree of technical literacy and skill in creative problem-solving. In addition, the Industrial Technology program does include some elements of engineering fundamentals. The Technology program emphasizes the management of the human and technical components in the industrial workplace.
The Associate of Applied Sciences Degree program in Industrial Technology is designed to enable graduates to enter various fields of industry after completing two years of study. Graduates may also elect to continue their education in the four-year degree Manufacturing Technology Specialties. Graduates of the two-year curriculum will be awarded the degree of Associate of Applied Sciences. Concentrations are offered in Construction Technology, Design Drafter Technology, Supervision, and Occupational Safety and Health.
Overview of Program:
The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment (OSH&E) degree program is designed to provide an academically comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates with the ability and competency to become highly qualified safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental professionals.
The OSH&E Bachelor degree program is undergoing a preparation for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation. The OSH&E two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program has been accepted for the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) accreditation. Because of these, students have access to both the highly-qualified courses and the most technologically advanced equipment in the state.
The educational objectives of the OSH&E program are to prepare students who:
- Apply knowledge and principles of mathematics, science, technology, and management in industry, business, or other related areas of employment as occupational safety, health, and environmental professionals;
- Apply practical-oriented knowledge and skills in safety, health, and environment to anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices, to develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures, and programs, and to implement and manage effective safety, health, and environment programs;
- Become effective communicators and ethical facilitators within the practice of safety, health, and environment;
- Continue professional development to address the need of applying principles of safety, health, and environment within a constantly changing and increasingly diverse environment.
This four-year degree program will combine the application of scientific and engineering knowledge with engineering methods and technical skills to prepare the graduates for a variety of industrial and government workforce needs.
The field of Engineering Technology is more mathematically and scientifically rigorous than Industrial Technology and is concerned with the practical application of engineering knowledge to support engineering activities. An Engineering Technology program differs from a classic Engineering program in that it is more applied and focused on applications of technology while an Engineering program is focused more on theoretical fundamentals that can lead to the development of new technology.
The objective of the Engineering Technology Program is to emphasize engineering technology fundamentals bolstered by practical experiences, and to prepare students for engineering and technology related professions, advanced education, and lifelong learning. The program will stress the application of sciences to the solution of technological problems, technical knowledge, problem solving skills, and implementation skills .
Initially five concentrations or specialized areas of study will be offered within this program: Industrial Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, and Energy Engineering Technology.