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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.
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.
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.