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Northwest Missouri State University

About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems is to develop and enhance an individual's professional competence in the areas of computer and related technologies. The goal of each major is to provide a focused curriculum to enable students to compete successfully in the job market, while also providing sufficient breadth to facilitate lifelong learning, whether that learning continues through formal graduate study or on the job. Each major offers the student an opportunity to obtain a thorough knowledge of the field of study, develop the professional competencies to communicate that knowledge, and acquire a value system that will enable the student to make sound decisions regarding the many ethical issues that confront professionals in the workplace.

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Departmental Facts

  • Approximately 276 students are currently enrolled.
  • 45 students graduated from the program in the past year.
  • The average class size at Northwest is 27.
  • Student to faculty ratio is 22 to 1.
  • The department is within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Approximately 80 graduate students are currently enrolled in the M.S. in Applied Computer Science program.
  • Approximately 200 undergraduates are currently enrolled as Computer Science/Information Systems majors, and about 100 students have minors in various programs the department offers.
  • The Department is located in Colden Hall and Garrett-Strong Science building.

Computing Facilities

The Electronic Campus gives students access to the Internet and to the Missouri Research and Education Network. Computer languages supported on the network include C#, C++, COBOL, Java, Perl, and Visual Studio.

Computer Science, Business Technology and Management Information Systems majors also have access to specialized computer laboratories housed in the Colden Hall Computing Complex. All this access comes in addition to the laptop provided to each full-time student, complete with e-mail, internet access and a variety of software programs.

Graduate and Undergraduate Research

Along with the graduate research projects, Northwest is proud of its undergraduate research program because at most colleges and universities, research opportunities are reserved for graduate students. Recent research projects have involved computer networks, web page design and parallel programming.